Irish cricketer Conor Olphert is a pace bowler who played his first List A match for North-West Warriors in the Inter-Provincial Cup in September 2020. In January 2021, he was selected as a net bowler for Ireland’s squad to prepare for their games against Afghanistan and the UAE.
Ireland, North West Warriors
In 2020, Olphert helped his team, Bready Club, fare well in the Senior Cup in Ireland. He was the opening bowler for the club and impressed one and all with his accuracy and speed. He started the season in an excellent manner, bagging 5/11 in 8 overs in a match.
Olphert said he had been working on a few minor things and was very happy with the results which boosted his performances.
During the winter, Olphert worked with coaches Simon Johnston and Ryan Eagleson at Jordanstown as well as the Irish cricket academy. Olphert is currently studying mechanical engineering at Ulster University. Before that, he worked for a few years in the company Fleming Agri after completing school.
Olphert’s hard work in the 2020 winter helped him increase his speed and by developing a repeatable bowling action, he is now able to target the stumps more accurately. He worked on his core strength, besides his action, and has bowled as fast as 135 kph.
Olphert said that he wished to help the Bready club achieve laurels in domestic competitions. He hoped to launch his career with the momentum of his September 2020 debut for the North-West Warriors.
The Bready club has produced international fast bowlers like Craig Young and Boyd Rankin, and Olphert seeks to follow their footsteps in international cricket. Olphert’s father, Mark, has played for Ireland and is now captain of the Bready second XI, mentoring the youngsters in the team.
In January 2021, 24-year-old Olphert flew to the UAE as a net bowler for the Ireland squad. This is because Covid restrictions prevented the team from hiring local bowlers for training and net practice.
Olphert confessed that he was shocked, but was looking forward to doing his best and making the most of the wonderful opportunity to gain experience and impress Ireland’s international batsmen.
Olphert has not played any Tests.
He has not featured in any ODIs.
Olphert is yet to make his T20 debut.
Records and Facts
As mentioned earlier, Olphert made his List A debut for North-West Warriors against Leinster Lightning on 28 September 2020. This match was reduced to 32 overs per side. The Warriors batted first and scored 132/8. This target was overhauled by Leinster in 26.2 overs, losing 7 wickets. Olphert returned figures of 2/34 in 6.2 overs for the Warriors, but his effort went in vain.