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crooks
02 Mar 11,, 20:46
Brilliant Ireland shock England


Kevin O'Brien blazed the fastest century in Cricket World Cup history as Ireland pulled off an astonishing victory over England in Bangalore.

He smashed 113 off 63 balls as Ireland recovered from 111-5 to overhaul their target of 328 with five balls to spare and three wickets in hand.

Earlier, fifties from Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell had driven England to an imposing 327-8.

But O'Brien's stunning assault powered Ireland to a famous triumph.

Only three days after England's thrilling tie with India, Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium played host to another of one-day cricket's most dramatic encounters as Ireland produced the highest run chase ever at the World Cup.

O'Brien, a 26-year-old all-rounder who had never made a fifty in nine previous World Cup innings, turned the match on its head with a brutal display of hitting featuring 13 fours and six sixes and a partnership of 162 with Alex Cusack.

Kevin O'Brien relishes record ton
Dropped on 91 by England captain Andrew Strauss, he went on to reach his century off 50 balls, 16 fewer than the previous tournament record set by former Australia opener Matthew Hayden.

And although O'Brien was run out in the penultimate over, John Mooney was on hand to smash the first ball of the last over for four and spark delirious celebrations in the Ireland camp.

"To see any team win from that position is quite something but when they are the underdogs it is something truly special," said BBC Cricket Correspondent Jonathan Agnew on Test Match Special.

Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott added: "It's disappointing if you are an England supporter but Ireland were absolutely fantastic. Not only did O'Brien produce an incredible knock, the tail-enders held their nerve to see them home."

For England, the defeat will lead to plenty of soul-searching as they look back on another disappointing bowling and fielding display.

Even before Strauss's drop ruined the England skipper's 34th birthday celebrations, Matt Prior, James Anderson and Michael Yardy had all spilled chances that should have been taken.

In the batting department, England's top four laid a formidable platform but once again the middle order failed to keep up the momentum when a score in excess of 350 looked on the cards.

We only have ourselves to blame - Strauss
Despite those misgivings, few will have given Ireland a chance of chasing down 328 to win and even fewer will have been backing them after they lost a wicket from the very first ball of their reply.

Anderson - under pressure after conceding 163 runs in the first two matches - had Will Porterfield bowled off an inside edge.

The Irish made an impressive recovery and kept up with the required run rate for the first 10 overs thanks largely to some lusty blows from Paul Stirling.

The 20-year-old opener smashed five fours and a six before a top-edged pull off Tim Bresnan was well-held by Pietersen.

Niall O'Brien and Ed Joyce rode their luck in seeing Ireland to 103-2 before a devastating burst from Graeme Swann put England in total control.

O'Brien missed a slog-sweep and was bowled, Gary Wilson was trapped leg-before-wicket and Joyce was stumped for 32 to leave Ireland seemingly in tatters at 111-5.

But then came the Kevin O'Brien show as the all-rounder - whose only county cricket experience came with Nottinghamshire in 2009 - treated the crowd to a brutal display of power hitting.

His half-century off 30 balls featured successive sixes off Swann and a pull off Anderson that cleared the ropes by some distance.

And it did not stop there as a ball from Bresnan was drilled over cover point for another maximum, and Anderson was heaved over long-on for the biggest six of the tournament so far as O'Brien added 30 more runs of his next nine deliveries.

At the other end, Cusack played a brilliant supporting role as Ireland started to think the unthinkable.

Cusack's run out for 47 in the 42nd over briefly gave England hope but Mooney kept the momentum going with some sensible batting.

O'Brien's dismissal brought Trent Johnston to the crease and the veteran all-rounder smashed his first ball for four to move the Irish within seven of victory, paving the way for Mooney to crack the winning runs.

Earlier, Strauss and Pietersen had made the most of some relatively tame bowling in steaming to 72-0 off 10 overs.

England lost their first wicket in the 14th over when Strauss attempted an elaborate pull off 18-year-old left-arm spinner George Dockrell but missed the ball and was bowled round his legs.

Pietersen breezed to his 21st one-day fifty before emulating his captain by succumbing to a dismissal that was entirely of his own-making.

Slightly off balance as he attempted a reverse sweep to off-spinner Stirling, he simply dabbed the ball into the air, gifting wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien the simplest of catches.

Bell made a curious start to his innings, struggling for his characteristic timing before finding the boundary with a pair of lofted drives and accelerating past 50.

Just as against India, Bell's demise came during the batting powerplay as he tried to force the pace and cracked a low full-toss to midwicket, where Stirling claimed a low diving catch to his left.

Trott, having played his normal no-frills game to reach 92, took his first risk with a wild swing at a full delivery from Mooney and was bowled.

In an untidy finish to the innings, Paul Collingwood found his range with a huge six over long-on before attempting to repeat the shot and getting caught on the boundary before Prior and Yardy both had their stumps re-arranged.

Some textbook death bowling from the Irish restricted England to 15 runs from the last three overs, with Bresnan caught in the deep off the final ball of the innings.


Source - BBC Sport - Cricket - Cricket World Cup: Brilliant Ireland shock England (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/9410478.stm)

Wow, I heard someone describe Ireland as 'a nation with 25 cricketers, half of whom are called Joyce:biggrin:', some win. It's true that cricket is a microsport here, played mainly by English expats and rich ex-unionists(;)), but has to be said, well done to the boys in green!

From what I understand there's reforms within cricket to exclude the smaller countries from the tournament next time - surely a bit of Irish fighting zeal has shown that maybe they have something to contribute? I'm obviously biased, but cricket has never interested me before and I was glued to my seat watching it. Either way, Kevin O'Brien has ensured that Irish eyes will be smiling tonight!

BoxingManiac
02 Mar 11,, 22:05
Ireland are awesome! Last world cup they took out Pakistan which was epic. They got a lot of potential in the future but don't see them going to far this year. But anything can happen.

T_igger_cs_30
02 Mar 11,, 22:24
Well done Ireland................ Enjoy this victory and St. Pats day on the 17th .........as on the 19th England will be acknowledged as the Grand Slam winners of the 6 Nations In Ireland :biggrin:


The English are coming Crooks :Dancing-Banana: :biggrin:

crooks
03 Mar 11,, 00:06
Well done Ireland................ Enjoy this victory and St. Pats day on the 17th .........as on the 19th England will be acknowledged as the Grand Slam winners of the 6 Nations In Ireland :biggrin:


The English are coming Crooks :Dancing-Banana: :biggrin:

No doubt - great win against France, y'all managed what we couldn't, it was nice to see them beaten as well. I wouldn't write Ireland's ruggers off though, we've a knack for etching out narrow wins (or in France's case losses!) and will raise the game against the auld enemy :biggrin:.

dave lukins
03 Mar 11,, 00:22
What's the chances of a 'new' Crooks on the 17th :rolleyes:

Parihaka
03 Mar 11,, 00:55
What's Cricket?

tantalus
03 Mar 11,, 01:14
the fastest century in world cup cricket was an amazing achievement but a win against england, pretty sweet, not that iam a major cricket fan or anything :biggrin:, I was amazed by our achievments in tha last world cup, even if we dont make it out of the group this time, this achievment will still be more famous I reckon


Originally Posted by T_igger_cs_30
as on the 19th England will be acknowledged as the Grand Slam winners of the 6 Nations In Ireland
no chance ;) England may win the 6 nations on points difference but were spoiling the show thank you very much
How does a six nations championship on the back of a defeat sound? :biggrin:

Tronic
03 Mar 11,, 04:52
Ireland just proved why the associate teams need a place in world cups. Absolutely brilliant game. Also ironical that one of the strongest contenders for the cup, England, first get hammered around by the Dutch, than the Irish come and do them in with a brilliant performance.

The Irish go up against India next. ;)

England v Ireland: 'Watch out India, you're next' | Cricket News | ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 | ESPN Cricinfo (http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc_cricket_worldcup2011/content/story/503930.html)

Bigfella
03 Mar 11,, 08:04
'Tis a proud, proud day.

Ireland showed great spirit at the last WC & they are doing it again - sticking it to the old enemy. England will need to be careful. If their bowling in particular doesn't improve it could be an early trip home.

martinmystry
03 Mar 11,, 13:26
And to top it all, it was the highest run chase in World cup history. Damn proud of Ireland. They put up a resolute and determined show when the chips were down after losing 5 wickets for around 115. Kevin O'Brien deserves all laurels and Mooney was good with both Bat and bowl.

tankie
03 Mar 11,, 18:11
Pffffffffffffffttttt with the turmoil going on there we felt sorry forrem and let them have something to cheers about :rolleyes:


Seriously , well done , hurumph :biggrin:

NeilE
04 Mar 11,, 10:04
It was an incredible result but I feel that England probably felt they had done enough after batting so many runs and got complacent. Normal order will be resumed in a harsh, swift manner against India unfortunately. It's a real shame that we didn't beat Bangladesh as then a win against the Netherlands could have meant qualification into the last 8 for the second consecutive world cup - not bad for minnows!

Ireland beat England in the cricket, maybe now England will do the seemingly impossible and beat Ireland in the rugby :biggrin: In the last 7 years England have won just once (:Dancing-Banana:) and the Irish manager was subsequently sacked. Unfortunately, my prediction is a comfortable win for England in the rugby, its a great Irish team but it is utterly hampered by poor, conservative and possibly biased selection calls by the Irish manager. That and England are on fire at the moment.

T_igger_cs_30
06 Mar 11,, 15:58
Crooks - quote;

No doubt - great win against France, y'all managed what we couldn't, it was nice to see them beaten as well. I wouldn't write Ireland's ruggers off though, we've a knack for etching out narrow wins (or in France's case losses!) and will raise the game against the auld enemy

Crooks, I am in no doubt we will be battered and bruised by the end of the game on the 19th......the Irish will want to stop the Grand Slam....if the Jocks have not already.....:rolleyes:.....it will be a great game.


What's Cricket?

:biggrin:............... Especially while the Rugby is being played.


the fastest century in world cup cricket was an amazing achievement but a win against england, pretty sweet, not that iam a major cricket fan or anything :biggrin:, I was amazed by our achievments in tha last world cup, even if we dont make it out of the group this time, this achievment will still be more famous I reckon
no chance ;) England may win the 6 nations on points difference but were spoiling the show thank you very much
How does a six nations championship on the back of a defeat sound? :biggrin:

It was an amazing performance by Ireland in the cricket, however as hard as you will try to derail the Grand Slam.......... I fear it will not be enough :biggrin:


It was an incredible result but I feel that England probably felt they had done enough after batting so many runs and got complacent. Normal order will be resumed in a harsh, swift manner against India unfortunately. It's a real shame that we didn't beat Bangladesh as then a win against the Netherlands could have meant qualification into the last 8 for the second consecutive world cup - not bad for minnows!

Ireland beat England in the cricket, maybe now England will do the seemingly impossible and beat Ireland in the rugby :biggrin: In the last 7 years England have won just once (:Dancing-Banana:) and the Irish manager was subsequently sacked. Unfortunately, my prediction is a comfortable win for England in the rugby, its a great Irish team but it is utterly hampered by poor, conservative and possibly biased selection calls by the Irish manager. That and England are on fire at the moment.

NeilE, love the way you are making excuses for the Irish right now..........you are no fun :Dancing-Banana: :biggrin:

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NeilE
07 Mar 11,, 18:01
NeilE, love the way you are making excuses for the Irish right now..........you are no fun :Dancing-Banana: :biggrin:

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Allowing England to get a grand slam after what happened in the 2003 6 Nations would be too much for me to bare.

dave lukins
07 Mar 11,, 18:10
Allowing England to get a grand slam after what happened in the 2003 6 Nations would be too much for me to bare.

What's this 'allowing' business.. Maybe a vat of Guinness will soften the blow:biggrin:

n21
11 Mar 11,, 23:17
Just saw the video of New Zealand hammering of Pakistan's bowling specially from Ross Taylor!

Incredible to watch! The whole match changed in last 5 overs! 100 runs partnership in 29 balls!

Pakistani keeper Kamran Akthar dropped Ross Taylor twice. Some one cheekily commented "Behind every sucessful batsmen is Kamran Akhtar"! :biggrin:

By the way Ireland was very good versus India. A good fight in the match.

Bigfella
12 Mar 11,, 01:46
England put in a woeful performance against Bangladesh - only madce 225 runs & then let Bangladesh sneak over the line by 2 wickets. Disgraceful! So far England has played well against Sth Africa & India but badly against Ireland, Netherlands & Bangladesh. Working on that pattern they should beat the West Indies. They need to. If they lose to the West Indies & Bangladesh beats either Holland or Sth Africa then goodbye England (similarly if Ireland beat the same two nations they would also vault over England). This could be VERY embarassing.

T_igger_cs_30
12 Mar 11,, 17:43
England put in a woeful performance against Bangladesh - only madce 225 runs & then let Bangladesh sneak over the line by 2 wickets. Disgraceful! So far England has played well against Sth Africa & India but badly against Ireland, Netherlands & Bangladesh. Working on that pattern they should beat the West Indies. They need to. If they lose to the West Indies & Bangladesh beats either Holland or Sth Africa then goodbye England (similarly if Ireland beat the same two nations they would also vault over England). This could be VERY embarassing.

Cannot argue with you BF ........ you are right :redface::frown:

Bigfella
13 Mar 11,, 01:21
Cannot argue with you BF ........ you are right :redface::frown:

Your blokes are running a great line in Jekyll & Hyde right now Tigger. We saw it in Aus this summer when they won the ashes & lost the 1 dayers so badly. I just put that down to an understandable loss of focus after such a good test performance, but it seems to have been an indicator of issues in the 50 a side form of the game. Hard to get a read on them at the moment. Guess we'll find out soon enough. In the meantime start cheering for the clog-wearers ;).

T_igger_cs_30
13 Mar 11,, 04:17
Your blokes are running a great line in Jekyll & Hyde right now Tigger. We saw it in Aus this summer when they won the ashes & lost the 1 dayers so badly. I just put that down to an understandable loss of focus after such a good test performance, but it seems to have been an indicator of issues in the 50 a side form of the game. Hard to get a read on them at the moment. Guess we'll find out soon enough. In the meantime start cheering for the clog-wearers ;).

Thank fully we have a rugby team BF ..................:biggrin::Dancing-Banana::biggrin:

T_igger_cs_30
13 Mar 11,, 19:08
:biggrin::Dancing-Banana::biggrin:

Only the Irish stand in our way now next week end for the grand slam........... it will be the toughest game yet ..the Irish are a little P*ssed at the way Wales beat them yesterday and rightly so ........................

Got yer game head on Crooks? ...........we are on our way :biggrin:

ps.... hows that liitle un doing?

T_igger_cs_30
17 Mar 11,, 15:16
:frown:

Not looking good at all;

Your comment bigFella;

Your blokes are running a great line in Jekyll & Hyde right now Tigger

Is holding so true, lets hope the other "face" kicks in while bowling and we can get them all out for under 243 :rolleyes:

dave lukins
17 Mar 11,, 18:50
ENGLAND have beaten the West Indies...there is hope yet:biggrin:

T_igger_cs_30
17 Mar 11,, 19:21
ENGLAND have beaten the West Indies...there is hope yet:biggrin:

Treadwell and Swan you beauties :Dancing-Banana::Dancing-Banana::Dancing-Banana:

crooks
17 Mar 11,, 20:26
:biggrin::Dancing-Banana::biggrin:

Only the Irish stand in our way now next week end for the grand slam........... it will be the toughest game yet ..the Irish are a little P*ssed at the way Wales beat them yesterday and rightly so ........................

Got yer game head on Crooks? ...........we are on our way :biggrin:

ps.... hows that liitle un doing?

Apologies Tigs only saw your message there - it was a decent win by England, in fairness though Scotland have been consistently appalling this tournie.

Having Ireland stand in your way for a Grand Slam is very dangerous, because even if things aren't going great for us, there's one thing that Irishmen and women love: throwing a spanner in the works for England :biggrin:;)! Should be a great game either way (and yes, cheating Welsh are now up there with French for scuzzieness), we're more than ready to put a bit of manners on na Sasanaigh. Higher you fly, further you fall and all that jazz:biggrin:.

Our lad is great, thanks for asking! He's home, adorable and sleeping a lot/wailing when awake, with the occassional burp:eek:. He's got a mini-jersey for Saturday, I'd watch out if I was you:biggrin:.

T_igger_cs_30
19 Mar 11,, 15:00
England put in a woeful performance against Bangladesh - only madce 225 runs & then let Bangladesh sneak over the line by 2 wickets. Disgraceful! So far England has played well against Sth Africa & India but badly against Ireland, Netherlands & Bangladesh. Working on that pattern they should beat the West Indies. They need to. If they lose to the West Indies & Bangladesh beats either Holland or Sth Africa then goodbye England (similarly if Ireland beat the same two nations they would also vault over England). This could be VERY embarassing.

Thank you South Africa :biggrin::Dancing-Banana::biggrin:

Cricket World Cup: SA victory puts England through

Whats going on BF, you blokes taking a rest against Pakistan? :rolleyes:

crooks
19 Mar 11,, 21:12
Brilliant, not sure if you English were watching but that was fun:biggrin:.

Great performance from Ireland, as expected the idea of stopping the auld enemy warmed hearts, pity the couldn't have done it earlier in the championship! Sexton was great, and Keith Earls played a blinder, but it was a 15 man Gaelic wrecking crew, if anything they should have won by more. England shouldn't be too upset, they're a young team and are probably going to win the title later anyway.

In short, Ireland 2, England 0. What sport next:biggrin:?!

NeilE
19 Mar 11,, 21:14
Hard luck today England. Honestly didn't see that coming.

If it helps, Woodward lost 3 Grand Slams in a row before he won the world cup :)

Delighted for Ireland, we really needed that!

T_igger_cs_30
20 Mar 11,, 03:15
Brilliant, not sure if you English were watching but that was fun:biggrin:.

Great performance from Ireland, as expected the idea of stopping the auld enemy warmed hearts, pity the couldn't have done it earlier in the championship! Sexton was great, and Keith Earls played a blinder, but it was a 15 man Gaelic wrecking crew, if anything they should have won by more. England shouldn't be too upset, they're a young team and are probably going to win the title later anyway.

In short, Ireland 2, England 0. What sport next:biggrin:?!

Oh we were watching Crooks, believe me :frown: well done Sir, and well done the Irish, I did ask the question who was playing for the Grand Slam and Triple crown :confused: It certainly was not England............ howeever that said ...nah I wont go there :biggrin:.... well done Ireland a good double :biggrin:

T_igger_cs_30
20 Mar 11,, 03:18
Hard luck today England. Honestly didn't see that coming.

If it helps, Woodward lost 3 Grand Slams in a row before he won the world cup :)

Delighted for Ireland, we really needed that!

You are being generous NeilE, I nor did any Englishman see it coming, well not so comprehensively, a good display by the Irish, and England sent home with there tail between there legs.......................... actually, there is a few Englishmen from that team I would not drink with tonight, for there feeble effort............. lose but lose with pride.

dave lukins
20 Mar 11,, 03:30
Bah Humbug!!! Lucky we didn't play the senior team.:biggrin:

NeilE
20 Mar 11,, 19:47
I'll tell you what, we'll give you a few of our cricketers and rugby players if you send us some competent bankers!

T_igger_cs_30
20 Mar 11,, 19:49
I'll tell you what, we'll give you a few of our cricketers and rugby players if you send us some competent bankers!

And just where the hell do you think we will find any of those NeilE, jeez I thought you an intelligent man :biggrin::Dancing-Banana::biggrin:


Now greedy bankers how many you want ?:rolleyes:

crooks
20 Mar 11,, 19:55
Oh we were watching Crooks, believe me :frown: well done Sir, and well done the Irish, I did ask the question who was playing for the Grand Slam and Triple crown :confused: It certainly was not England............ howeever that said ...nah I wont go there :biggrin:.... well done Ireland a good double :biggrin:

Ah it was good and I can understand English people's dissapointment but England were very worthy winners of the championship - by far the most consistent team of the tournie. France were quite poor by their standards, Wales ok, Italy will be happy and Scotland kinda not but still ok. Ireland will be mixed, coulda been better, coulda been worse. I think everyone got something out of it.

Either way congrats on winning the title, no mean feat in itself these days! Onwards to the World Cup (where the scary All Blacks/Boks/Wallabies will prolly send us ALL packing :biggrin:).

T_igger_cs_30
20 Mar 11,, 20:41
Ah it was good and I can understand English people's dissapointment but England were very worthy winners of the championship - by far the most consistent team of the tournie. France were quite poor by their standards, Wales ok, Italy will be happy and Scotland kinda not but still ok. Ireland will be mixed, coulda been better, coulda been worse. I think everyone got something out of it.

Either way congrats on winning the title, no mean feat in itself these days! Onwards to the World Cup (where the scary All Blacks/Boks/Wallabies will prolly send us ALL packing :biggrin:).

Thats why I love Lions tours Crooks :biggrin:

Double Edge
02 Apr 11,, 19:22
INDIA WINS THE WORLD CUP !!!

It's going to be insane tonight :biggrin:

bolo121
02 Apr 11,, 21:21
Yep, Its going to be one hell of a party :biggrin: :Dancing-Banana::Dancing-Banana::Dancing-Banana::Dancing-Banana::Dancing-Banana:

Bigfella
03 Apr 11,, 07:43
Congratulations India on winning the world cup. Two worthy finalists & a fair final (less of a walkover than some). My love of the ability of the little master has overcome my disgust at the existence of harbajhan Singh, so I celebrate along with over a billion Indians. Sachin deserved a World Cup before he retired. Now he has it.

For me this World Cup has had a lot more highlights than lowlights:

Highlights:

1) Sth Africa failing yet again - in 5 world cups Sth Africa has yet to win a knock out match. it is like a greek tragedy, the outcome is known, but the fascination is in how it is acheived. At least Jana Novotna eventually won one.

2) Ireland beating England. Made me Irish heart swell with pride.

3) New Zealand. The Kiwis started their campaign with the shadow of the Christchurch disaster looming over them. They did their country proud & gave Dan Vettori a fine send off as captain.

4) The minnows. Sadly it sounds like the ICC will be cutting back representation from small nations at the next WC. They were great fun, providing some surprises & some fine cricket. I know from meeting one of the Canadian selectors that the WC is the biggest thing they have to aim for & the best motivatior. it will be sad to see their numbers reduced.

5) Pakistan. No major team has a harder row to hoe than the Pakistanis. A lot of it is self inflicted, but a lot is not. They entertained & they fought & they put any dissappointment at Pakistan not being able to host WC games aside & played proud (if typicaly erratic) cricket. Good on them.

Lowlights:

1) Australia. I wasn't expecting a win & don't think it would have been good for world cricket. That said, we were insipid. With rare exceptions we were something Australians should never accept - mediocre. Our last game was probably our best, but we didn't deserve to win.

2) England. Fresh from an Ashes win England should have been fired up & putting on display the team that is supposed to carry English cricket into a new era. Performances against Holland & Ireland signalled that this would be yet another poor world cup. After 35 years England seems no closer to winning a World Cup.

3) Bangladesh. For a test playing nation Bangladesh played more like a minnow. I have been a big supporter of Bangladesh's inclusion in the big boy's club, but they need to do a LOT more work.

kuku
03 Apr 11,, 18:53
Ha ha ha, we won........ Any cricket world cup played in India is awesome.......
1996 was magical, but that ****ing stupid pitch did us in.
This time around we did it, and that is all that counts.....

F@#K the party was awesome, went to India gate, with shit load of booze and firecrackers and drank till the sun came out, even the police was busy partying.