November 20, 2017

Ireland defeat England at Cricket World Cup

O'Brien hits again. Mmm thinks Matt Prior, I think I know where that ball is headed.

Ireland hve stunned England with a 3 wicket win in their Group B match in Bangalore. Kevin O’Brien scored the fastest hundred in Cricket World Cup history with 113 from only 63 balls.

Earlier England had amassed what looked like a match winning score of 329. Jonathan Trott top scored with 92 with Kevin Pietersen (59) and Ian Bell (81) providing excellent support.

England though were guilty of some lazy shot making that proved many batsmens undoing. Only scoring 33 runs off the final five overs of their innings proved costly in the end.

Ireland in reply lost Porterfield off the first ball of the innings. At 111 for 5 in the 25th over it was looking like an early finish. What followed is the stuff of sporting legend.

Englands bowlers got lazy like their batsmen and did not cope with being attacked. O’Brien put on a 162 partnership with Alex Cusack (47) and it was game on.

Kevin O’Brien was run out in second to last over with 12 runs still needed. However, Trent Johnston got a full toss first up and drove it for four runs.

The final over started with just three needed and off the second ball John Mooney hit James Anderson through midwicket for four to inspire wild celebrations in every Irish bar on the planet.

This has to be one of the most satisfying moments in Irish sport. Their love for the English is legendary, but to beat them at their own game is particularly sweet.

Newswarped congratulates Ireland for striking a blow for the minnows and showing that they do belong in this competition.

Hard luck England. It is fortunate for you that you have such an understanding and supportive print media at home.

Ireland 329 for 7 (K O’Brien 113, Cusack 47, Swann 3-47) beat England 327 for 8 (Trott 92, Bell 81, Pietersen 59, Mooney 4-63) by three wickets