Just bumping this from last year.
We lost to Notts today. They made 241-6 and we scored 240-6 from our 50 overs. We needed a 6 from the last ball and though Kev O'Brien got it to the ropes alright, the best he could manage was a 4. Fair play to him though - he hit 93 from 75 balls.
Again, it's been frustrating enough so far this season as we look to build on the World Cup success and it's the same problem as last year with the English counties having first call on our best players. Some haven't played for us at all due to county requirements and any others who show a hint of form for Ireland are then called back to play with their counties.
We beat Warwickshire in Belfast last week and the new captain William Porterfield got a good 69 (wahey!). As a result, he was recalled by Gloucestershire and didn't play today. Similarly, Surrey recalled Gary Wilson after he impressed behind the stumps.
I'm not sure how we're going to progress if we're playing strong county sides with half a first choice team or less. We need either to revert to playing mainly in the winter in the southern hemisphere when our best players will be available to tour or else get some benefactor who'll pay players the wedge to play with us over the counties. I'm not sure that's feasible though as most players want to test themselves at county level in the 4-day game.
Like we said before, the only way that looks like it could work is if Ireland have first call for players for 1-day games and then the counties for 4-day matches. In the same way, it would be beneficial if our players could play ODIs for us, while simultaneously playing test cricket for England and Wales. We can't afford to lose Eoin Morgan like we did with Ed Joyce.
In short, it's a mess.