Do They Play Cricket in Ireland? A 25-Year Journey to a Test Match at Lord's by David Townsend
Format: Hardback 352 pages, Includes colour picture section
Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd
Imprint: Pitch Publishing Ltd
Published: 12 Apr 2021
Do They Play Cricket in Ireland? is the inside story of a rollercoaster ride that took the Boys in Green from rank amateurs to playing Test matches, and dismissing England for 85. Every stage of the journey is charted by a writer who was at the heart of the action: instrumental in introducing Ed Joyce to Middlesex and providing the tactics that helped Ireland win their first global tournament. Read about stunning victories over Pakistan, England and the West Indies, Eoin Morgan's debut at Eton, an annoying redhead's spiky spats with Brian Lara, Kevin Pietersen and the Namibian farming community, the fastest century in World Cup history, a cricket-loving former IRA commander and a six-hitting sheep strangler. As friend and confidant to many of the players and coaches who took Ireland to the top table of world cricket, David Townsend is uniquely placed to tell this remarkable story. Written in diary format, in a chatty, humorous style, the book is part travelogue as it follows the team through more than 20 countries and across five continents.