Clontarf to host One Day International

Cricket Ireland today announced that Clontarf Cricket Club in Dublin will stage the One Day International with Australia in 2010.

The fixture will be played on Thursday June 17, and Clontarf President Roger McGreal was understandably delighted at being awarded the game.

Mr McGreal said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for our club to showcase Irish cricket, and I’m sure all our members will rise to the occasion. We have carried out major improvements to the ground over the past year and have increased capacity at the venue."

The venue is no stranger to hosting high-profile games, with West Indies playing Bangladesh during the 1999 World Cup.

South Africa and the West Indies have also played Ireland at the picturesque venue in recent years.

Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom is anticipating another exciting clash saying , “Following the huge success of the RSA Challenge one-day international at Stormont between Ireland and England, when we came to so close to overcoming the Ashes winners, we are delighted to welcome England’s Ashes opponents, Australia, to Dublin next June.”

Ireland's most recent clash with Australia came during the Super Eight phase of the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

On Irish soil, they were Ireland's opponents during the last international game at Ormeau in 2001, while Eglinton were the hosts in 1997.

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