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Cricket: Irish players miss out

By Ian Callender

Ireland have failed to get a single player on a shortlist of four for the Associate One Day Player of the Year.

In spite of five nominations, in a long list of 18 announced last week, the World Cup heroes failed to impress the academy of 56 members whose votes determined the top four.

Captain Trent Johnston, Kyle McCallan, Andre Botha, Niall O'Brien and Eoin Morgan were put forward for consideration by the ICU but the winner will come from two Kenyans, a Dutchman and a Canadian.

The quartet, who will attend next Monday's award ceremony in Johannesburg on the eve of the inaugural Twenty20 World Championships are Steve Tikolo, Thomas Odoyo, Ryan ten Doeschate and Ashish Bagai.

Scotland captain Ryan Watson also failed to make the final list.

It is the first time the top players from the ODI countries below the Full members have been recognised at the awards.

There was some consolation for Ireland, however, when they were named in the shortlist of three for the Spirit of Cricket award.

Open to all 16 ODI countries, Ireland will be up against Australia and England and must have an outstanding chance of winning the award after they "won many admirers" for their World Cup heroics and impressed the Academy with their "great attitude".

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