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Ireland’s success keeps them in the money

Ireland’s success at last year’s World Cup qualifying tounament in South Africa turned a loss of €142,000 in 2008 into a profit of €247,000 for the Irish Cricket Union.

The figures were revealed by Cricket Ireland financial director Richard Johnston at yesterday’s AGM when it was also announced he would be the 2011 president.

The stand-out figure in the statement of accounts was the £650,000 income from ICC, the game’s governing body.

Once they qualified for next year’s World Cup finals in Asia, Ireland were assured of their continuing place in the ICC’s High Performance Programme until 2013 and increased funding.

The players and National Coach Phil Simmons were, as usual, conspicuous by their absence at the meeting in Dundalk but manager Roy Torrens were there to receive the congratulations of chairman David Williams to the team.

Not only did they win the qualifying tournament but they also reached the Super Eight stages of the World Twenty20 in England and were unbeaten in ODIs against fellow associates.

The highlight of the year, the agonising three runs defeat to England at Stormont in August, saw gate receipts of almost £120,000.

It was also confirmed at yesterday’s meting that the new square at Malahide will host the 2011 ODI against Australia, if the fixture is in the second half of the season. It is unlikely the ground will be ready any earlier.

Williams also told the meeting that Ireland had now “outgrown the county game” and his personal opinion was that Ireland’s decision not to compete inthis season’s ECB 40-over competition would be permanant.

The new president is Basil McNamee, who played in five decades for home town club Dungannon.

A former NCU winning captain with Queen’s, in 1959 and skipper of the North team which won the Challenge Cup in 1969, he was also captain of Ulster Town before returning to Dungannon in 1973.

The Ireland team to tour West Indies next month will be announced today. Boyd Rankin is expected to be the one name added to the 14 who qualified last month for the World Twenty20 in Dubai.

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