Even as Ireland and South Africa prepared for the first ODI in Malahide, there was a striking feature in the hosts’ jersey. South Africa, which has enjoyed a successful tour of the West Indies in testing and T20I, traveled to Ireland to further refine their preparation for the T20 World Cup and collect more ODI World Cup Super League points. Irish cricketers were seen wearing a black armband for the late Evelyn Harmon.
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The official Cricket Ireland Twitter account revealed that Evelyn Harmon was a longtime president of the Malahide Cricket Club. Apart from that, she was instrumental in promoting Ireland’s international status in cricket. Additionally, Evelyn Harmon was a key figure in women’s and women’s cricket outside of basketball. Therefore, the players of the home team wore black armbands to honor Harmon.
Meanwhile, South Africa, which is only playing its second ODI in Ireland, won the draw and chose to line up. Their first came in Belfast in 2007. At present, the Proteas, led by Temba Bavuma, have got rid of Paul Stirling in the 12th for 13 out of 40 deliveries. New bowlers from Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Nigidi have little offered respite, but Andile Phehlukwayo was the one who produced the wicket. South Africa have won all five one-day internationals between the two teams so far, dating back to the 2007 World Cup.
Below is the statement from Cricket Ireland as to why players wear black armbands:
Irish players wear black armbands for late Evelyn Harmon.
Evelyn was a long-time president of @MalahideCC, determining in the promotion of international status. A key figure in women’s and women’s cricket, as well as basketball. #ValeEvelyn 🙏 pic.twitter.com/CQlvfzErE3
– Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) July 11, 2021