Joyce, Mooney, Balbirnie nominated for Hanley Energy Cricket Ireland awards

Andrew Balbirnie
Andrew Balbirnie

The nominations for the 2015 Hanley Energy Cricket Ireland Awards have been announced, with Ed Joyce, John Mooney and Andrew Balbirnie all in the running for the Hanley Energy Men’s International Player of the Year Award.

Joyce scored 621 runs at 56.45 in the qualification period which runs from October 2014 to September 2015. The left-hander recorded Ireland’s highest individual score with a brilliant 231 against the UAE in the InterContinental Cup, and also made a Man of the Match 112 in the World Cup win over Zimbabwe.

John Mooney was Ireland’s leading wicket taker during the year – his haul of 31 wickets at 23.13 putting him ahead of George Dockrell (29), Kevin O’Brien (27), and Alex Cusack (23).

Mooney was the spearhead of the Irish attack during the World Cup and also when they obtained qualification for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India.

Andrew Balbirnie was the leading run scorer in the period, hitting 631 at 37.12. His highest score of 129 came in the win against New Zealand A, while he also made half centuries against South Africa and Zimbabwe in the World Cup.

There is a youthful look to the nominations for the Toyota Women’s International Player of the Year Award. Teenagers Kim Garth and Lucy O’Reilly make the short-list along with the experienced Cecelia Joyce.

The trio all enjoyed strong seasons, particularly in the three match T20I series against World Champions Australia. Ireland also competed strongly in the ECB Division Two County Championship and Division One of the T20 competition.

The Sunday Independent Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year Award sees Tyrone Kane and Gaby Lewis go head-to-head for the prestigious award.

Merrion all-rounder Kane made a sensational debut taking three wickets against Scotland in his first over in international cricket. He was also a successful member of the Ireland squad that qualified for the ICC World T20.

YMCA teenager Lewis – at 14 years-old the first international cricketer to be born in this millennium – established herself in the Ireland team this season, and is expected to play a pivotal role in their qualification tournament In Thailand next month after impressing in the recent Australian series.

Away from the national side there are plenty more prizes up for grabs, for both playing and coaching, as well as club awards.

In youth cricket Gary McClintock, Jack Tector, and Varun Chopra have all been nominated for the Castleknock Hotel Junior Player of the Year after strong seasons at both club and junior representative levels. Ireland were winners of the Under 15 and 17 European titles and just missed out on the clean sweep losing the U19 title on net run-rate.

The Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Player of the Year Award will go to one of John Mooney, Fintan McAllister or James Cameron-Dow with Malahide’s McAllister also getting a nomination in the O’Neills Club Player of the Year along with James Hall (Waringstown), James Shannon (Instonians), Scott Campbell (Coleraine), and Eddie Richardson (North County) .

The Oasis Group Coach of the Year award has proved a very competitive category with the following 11 short-listed following public nominations - Amy Kenealy, James Colhoun, Gareth Jenkins, Simon Johnston, Lynal Jansen, Michael Hingston, Rob O’Connor, Deryck Vincent, Kevin O’Herlihy, Wayne Hughes and Craig Hogan.

After an extremely competitive and exciting season in club cricket across Ireland, five clubs have been shortlisted for the Tildenet Club of the Year Award.

Irish Senior cup winners Waringstown are joined by Armagh from the NCU region, while National Cup winners Rush make the short-list along with Malahide and YMCA from the Leinster region.

Three umpires have been nominated in the Notts Sport Official of the Year category, with Roland Black (NWCU), Paul Reynolds (LCU) and Mark Hawthorne (NCU) in the running.

In addition to the categories with nominations, there will also be presentations for Johnston, Mooney & O’Brien Volunteer of the Year, Shapoorji Pallonji Academy Player of the Year, Flogas Outstanding Contribution to Irish Cricket and the Cricket Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame induction.

The winners of all the awards will be announced on Monday 9th of November, with the presentations taking place at the Cricket Ireland Awards Lunch on Friday November 13th.

Full List of Nominations:

Hanley International Men’s Player of the Year – Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Andrew Balbirnie.

Toyota International Women’s Player of the Year – Cecelia Joyce, Kim Garth, Lucy O’Reilly.

Sunday Independent International Emerging Player of the Year – Tyrone Kane, Gaby Lewis.

Castleknock Hotel Junior Player of the Year – Gary McClintock (Donemana), Jack Tector (YMCA), Varun Chopra (Coleraine).

Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Player of the Year – John Mooney (Leinster Lightning), James Cameron-Dow (Northern Knights), Fintan McAllister (Leinster Lightning).

O’Neills Club Player of the Year – Eddie Richardson (North County), James Hall (Waringstown), James Shannon (Instonians), Fintan McAllister (Malahide), Scott Campbell (Coleraine).

The Oasis Group Coach of the Year – Amy Kenealy, James Colhoun, Gareth Jenkins, Simon Johnston, Lynal Jansen, Michael Hingston, Rob O’Connor, Deryck Vincent, Kevin O’Herlihy, Wayne Hughes and Craig Hogan.

Notts Sport Official of the Year – Roland Black (NWCU), Paul Reynolds (LCU) and Mark Hawthorne (NCU).

Tildenet Club of the Year – Waringstown, Armagh, YMCA, Malahide, Rush.