Ireland Player of the Year 2011 – The contenders

In 2011, Ireland played only 17 games in contrast to 44 in 2010 and 33 in 2009.

One of the most famous win in Ireland cricket history was a World cup victory over England in Bangalore.

Here are the six contenders for the accolade of Irish cricketer of the year in alphabetical order.

George Dockrell

In total Dockrell took 29 wickets at an average of 24.86, with a best bowling analysis of 5-71. He made 149 runs at 24.83, including 53 in the ICup win over Namibia.

John Mooney

The North County all-rounder took 30 wickets at just 22.90 – the most successful of the Irish attack. He scored 306 runs at 21.6 with a highest score of 86, which ensured victory against Namibia in the first game of the World Cup qualifiers.

Kevin O’Brien

Chasing 328 to win against England, O’Brien scored the quickest century in World Cup history (50 balls) to take Ireland to unimaginable heights.

In 2011 he scored 466 runs at 29.12, and also took 12 wickets at 29.50.

Niall O’Brien

He scored 401 runs at 40.10 in his 12 appearances including two half centuries. He scored two half centuries, both times making 57 in the wins against Netherlands and Namibia.

He took 10 catches, 1 stumping and was involved in three run outs.

William Porterfield

He scored 484 runs at 32.27, with his highest score of 75 coming against India in Bangalore. He took 8 catches and was involved in 2 run outs.

Paul Stirling

He scored no fewer than four centuries in the 17 games. He scored 686 runs at 40.35, succeeding Ricky Ponting as the youngest centurion at the World Cup with his effort against the Dutch.

He took 8 wickets at a rather costly 51.38, and took 8 catches and one run out in the field.

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