Ireland captain William Porterfield sounded upbeat about his team’s chances of booking a berth in the quarterfinals of the World Cup after their thrilling five-run win over Zimbabwe in Hobart on Saturday.
Ed Joyce's flamboyant century helped Ireland script another memorable World Cup win edging Zimbabwe out by just five runs at Bellerive Oval in probably the thriller of the tournament so far, letting valiant knocks from Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams go waste.
In many ways, the game needs Associate nations as much as they need the game. Yet, the ICC is behaving like a ring leader that only allows the lions and the elephants, the horses and the tigers writes Krish Sripada.
It took two sparkling innings of the highest class by Gary Wilson and Kevin O’Brien for Ireland to just make it over the line by two wickets against a spirited United Arab Emirates, in front of a noisy crowd in Brisbane.
Following their World Cup fixture earlier in the day, West Indies’ all-rounder Darren Sammy and Ireland’s John Mooney have been fined 30 per cent of their match fees by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman, Denesh Ramdin has quoted his team has no intentions of treating Ireland as a lesser opponent as the two teams take on each other in their first World Cup fixture on Monday at Saxton Oval.
From Zimbabwe beating Australia in their first One-Day International match during the 1983 World Cup to Ireland beating England in the last version of the tournament, there has been no lack of unexpected and dramatic results in cricket’s show piece event.
Ireland’s World Cup preparations received a shot in the arm as former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, has agreed to a short-term deal with Cricket Ireland to coach their bowlers in the warm-up games.
In an exciting bit of news for the Afghanistan and Ireland cricket board ahead of the upcoming cricket World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced a possibility for direct qualification for the two Affiliate Members for the 2019 cricket World Cup.