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  • Cricket World Cup: Khurram Khan eyes UAE success against Ireland February 24, 2015

    Brisbane: The United Arab Emirates believe their Pool B match against Ireland in Brisbane on Wednesday offers them a "wonderful opportunity" of a World Cup win, according to batsman Khurram Khan. Both associate or non-Test nations know each other well, having played each other repeatedly in various lower-level International Cricket...
  • World Cup: Associate teams have pulled their weight, says William Porterfield February 24, 2015

    Melbourne: The four non-Test playing nations at the World Cup have performed well in cricket's global showpiece and it wouldn't be the same tournament with less teams, according to Ireland skipper William Porterfield. The International Cricket Council is chopping the 14-team format to one with 10 for the next World Cup,...
  • World Cup 2015: After West Indies high, Ireland aim win against UAE February 24, 2015

    Brisbane: High on confidence after their stunning win against the West Indies, giant-killers Ireland will look to continue the momentum when they lock horns with United Arab Emirates in a Group B match of the World Cup here on Wednesday. Ireland's Kevin O'Brien has already warned his side that the win...
  • World Cup 2015: Impressive start by the four Associates February 19, 2015

    It's been a decent start for the four Associate Members at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. While results show only one victory from four matches, it was satisfying to see that all games were competitive. Ireland, the perennial Full Member slayers, were first up in...
  • Ireland, Scotland singing 'minnows no more' at World Cup February 18, 2015

    If the Ireland batsmen and Scotland bowlers were to combine into one playing XI, they would be more than handful for even the best of teams playing the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. While that's a fancy thought, Ireland beating West Indies and Scotland running New...
  • Ireland soar at World Cup despite England defections February 17, 2015

    Sydney: England captain Eoin Morgan could have been forgiven for thinking about what might have been after his former Ireland team-mates made a fine start to the ICC Cricket World Cup as his miserable run of form continued. Morgan was out for a duck - his fourth in five innings -...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Michael Holding Slams 'Pathetic' West Indies February 17, 2015

    Sydney: West Indies great Michael Holding has slammed the side's four-wicket loss to Ireland in their World Cup opener as a "little bit pathetic". The Caribbean team collapsed to 87 for five in Nelson on Monday before Lendl Simmons (102) and Darren Sammy (89) guided them to a total of 304...
  • World Cup 2015: West Indies on sliding scale of decline February 17, 2015

    Sydney: Darren Sammy needed treatment on his back, Andre Russell pulled up after bowling an embarrassing long-hop while fresh-faced captain Jason Holder speared a ball so wide that first slip was placed in immediate peril. In three crude snapshots, the decline of West Indies cricket was perfectly captured and another miserable...
  • Ireland's greatest World Cup wins February 17, 2015

    Sydney: Ireland cemented their reputation as giant-killers with a four-wicket win over the West Indies in their World Cup opener in Nelson on Monday. It wasn't the first time the Irish had upset one of cricket's elite Test nations on the World Cup stage. Here AFP Sport looks at their greatest triumphs...
  • Watch: Day 3 highlights, ICC World Cup 2015 February 17, 2015

    After beating Pakistan in 2007 and England in 2011, Ireland made another giant kill by beating West Indies on day three of the ICC World Cup 2015. What more, they chased a 300+ target to do that. Watch all the highlights from another action-filled day. ...
  • Giant killers strike again as Ireland stun West Indies in World Cup clash February 16, 2015

    Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien scored quickfire half-centuries to complete a famous win for Ireland. ...
  • Ireland's Paul Stirling hopeful for another win February 16, 2015

    Nelson: Adjudged Man of the Match for his match winning knock of 92 runs against the West Indies in their World Cup opener on Monday, Ireland's Paul Stirling is hopeful of winning the next encounter as well. The so called lightweights of world cricket beat two-time champions the West Indies by...
  • Windies skipper blames bowlers for Ireland loss February 16, 2015

    Nelson: West Indies captain Jason Holder blamed his bowlers for their shocking loss against minnows Ireland during a Pool B encounter of the cricket World Cup at the Saxton Oval on Monday. Ireland put the West Indies bowlers to the sword and eased to a four-wicket win, causing the first major...
  • Sammy, Mooney fined for swearing in World Cup match February 16, 2015

    Nelson: West Indies batsman Darren Sammy and Ireland bowler John Mooney have been fined 30 percent of their match fees as part of the International Cricket Council's crackdown on on-field behavior Sammy and Mooney were fined for separate incidents in the first innings of Ireland's shock four-wicket win over the West...
  • World Cup: Angry Sammy tells West Indies to shape up February 16, 2015

    West Indies allrounder Darren Sammy made no secret of his feelings following Monday's shattering World Cup defeat by Ireland, telling his team-mates they could not afford a repeat performance. "If we continue to play like that we won't be here for long for sure," the former West Indies skipper said, blaming...
  • William Porterfield says Ireland's World Cup wins are no 'upsets' February 16, 2015

    Nelson: After his team caused one of the great upsets in World Cup history, beating the West Indies by four wickets, Ireland captain William Porterfield felt the need to express his distaste for the word "upset". Porterfield has been part of Ireland's great World Cup victories - over Pakistan and Bangladesh...
  • Ireland warn World Cup opponents by upsetting West Indies February 16, 2015

    Nelson: The sun shone brightly on Saxton Oval and fearless Ireland on a day that will be remembered for years to come in the faraway pubs of Dublin and Belfast. Bowling with purpose, fielding with precision and batting with panache, Ireland chased down 305 against West Indies to infuse the...
  • As it happened: Ireland vs West Indies, ICC World Cup 2015, Match 5 February 16, 2015

    (For blog and updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Traditional giant-killers Ireland and under-pressure West Indies possess all the ingredients for a high-scoring clash in their opening World Cup match in Nelson. Both sides feature quality batsmen but relatively inexperienced bowling line-ups for a match they have each targeted...
  • Ireland and West Indies promise run-fest at World Cup February 15, 2015

    Traditional giant-killers Ireland and under-pressure West Indies possess all the ingredients for a high-scoring clash in their opening World Cup match in Nelson on Monday. Both sides feature quality batsmen but relatively inexperienced bowling line-ups for a match they have each targeted as ripe for getting immediate points on the board. Ireland...
  • Windies won't take Ireland lightly: Denesh Ramdin February 15, 2015

    Nelson: Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has said the West Indies will not take anything for granted against Ireland, in their opening game of the World Cup that bowls off here on Monday. He said with a win crucial to the team's momentum, the West Indies would be going all out to ensure...
  • No surprise if we beat West Indies, says Ireland captain February 15, 2015

    With West Indies in abysmal form in the wake of a crisis over player contracts, Ireland have a good chance to upset the Caribbeans in their World Cup opener on Monday, a result that would surprise no-one, according to their skipper. The most experienced of the four non-test playing nations at...
  • Giantkillers Ireland no longer surprise, says captain February 15, 2015

    Nelson: Ireland are out to prove yet again they can mix it with cricket's top tier nations, with captain William Porterfield saying it should be no surprise if they beat the West Indies on Monday. Despite being woefully short of top level competition compared to the Caribbean cricketers, Porterfield believed the...
  • World Cup warm-ups: West Indies survive Scot scare; Ireland jolt Bangladesh February 12, 2015

    Sydney: The West Indies eked out a three-run victory over Scotland and Ireland comfortably defeated Bangladesh by four wickets in World Cup warm-up matches Thursday. Scotland, chasing 313 for 8 after the West Indies batted first, looked set for victory when they entered the final over needing eight runs to win,...
  • Peter Chase, Andrew McBrine get top Cricket Ireland deals February 12, 2015

    Cricket Ireland upgraded Peter Chase, the right-arm pacer, and Andrew McBrine, the allrounder, to the top bracket of their central contracts with full-time Category A deals on Wednesday, just three days before the start of the 2015 World Cup. Chase, who made his one-day international debut in the United Arab Emirates...
  • As it happened: World Cup warm-ups, Day 5 February 12, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Match 1: West Indies opted to bat against Scotland. Match 2: Ireland opted to field against Bangladesh. Teams: West Indies: Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Jonathan Carter, Denesh Ramdin(w), Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Jason Holder(c), Jerome Taylor,...
  • Tough to guarantee matches for associate teams: ICC February 10, 2015

    Dubai: International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson has said it's difficult to guarantee considerable number of games for leading associate teams in their bid to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in England. Richardson's view comes after ICC decided to reduce the number of teams participating in the 2019...
  • Ireland lose to Sydney club side in World Cup warm-up February 7, 2015

    Sydney: Giantkillers Ireland found the tables turned on them as they were well-beaten by a Sydney club side in a World Cup warm-up match on Friday. Ireland, who have enjoyed memorable wins over Pakistan and England at recent World Cups, went down to a five-wicket defeat by Randwick Petersham in...
  • Australia's Brett Lee to aid Ireland in World Cup run-up February 6, 2015

    London: Brett Lee became the latest former Australia cricketer to be handed a World Cup role with another side when it was revealed on Thursday that he would serve as Ireland's bowling coach in the lead-up to the tournament. Cricket Ireland's announcement that they had secured the recently retired fast...