Ireland To Host Scotland For Three ODIs

Ireland v Scotland
Scotland will head to Ireland to play three ODIs in September
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Ireland will host Scotland for three One-Day Internationals at Ireland's new international venue at Malahide on 8th, 10th and 12th September.

Their rivalry goes back to 1888 and since both gaining ODI status in 2005, they have met in 12 matches - with Ireland winning nine and Scotland the remaining three, most recently in 2011.

Ireland v Scotland - previous ODI winners

August 2006, Alloway: Ireland by 85 runs

January 2007, Nairobi: Scotland by 3 wickets
July 2007, Belfast: Ireland by 23 runs

July 2008, Aberdeen: Scotland by 5 wickets
July 2008, Dublin: Ireland by 7 wickets

April 2009, Benoni: Ireland by 7 wickets
August 2009, Aberdeen: Ireland by 96 runs
August 2009, Aberdeen: Match abandoned

July 2010, Voorburg: Ireland by 5 wickets
July 2010, Amstelveen: Ireland by 6 wickets

July 2011, Edinburgh: Scotland by 5 wickets

September 2013, Belfast: Ireland by 1 wicket
September 2013, Belfast: Ireland by 7 wickets

The most recent meetings between the two sides were both won by Ireland in the ICC World Cricket League Championship.

Ireland qualified for the 2015 World Cup by virtue of winning that event and Scotland will join them in Australia and New Zealand after winning the World Cup Qualifier earlier this year.

Scotland also host England for a one-off game in May while Ireland will play matches against Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka 'A' as part of their summer.

"This series will serve as ideal preparation for both teams ahead of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand," Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom said.

"The games are always played tough but fairly and are certain to provide wonderful entertainment for the spectators.

"Scotland have enjoyed a recent renaissance and that can only be good for Associate cricket as a whole."

His Scottish counterpart, Roddy Smith, is also pleased with the announcement.

"It's great news that these fixtures are confirmed against our close rivals and friends," he said.

"Historically Scotland versus Ireland has always been pretty closely contested, with our record run chase in 2011, before Ireland got revenge last summer.

"These three matches will mark the start of a busy period for both teams running up to the World Cup in February.

"I'm sure both teams will be looking to make a statement of intent, and they will be great games to watch."

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