Currently unavailable – watch the Kevin O’Brien 113 here
Watch highlights from – England vs Ireland – the Group B World Cup game played on March 1, 2011
Scoreline: England 327/8 – Trott 92 (92), Ian Bell 81 (86), KP 59 (50) | Mooney 9-63-4, Stirling 10-45-1, Dockrell bowled better than his 10-68-1 suggests
Ireland win in 49.1 for the loss of 7 – Kevin O’Brien 113 (63), Alex Cusack 47 (58), Mooney 33 no (30), Stirling 32 (28) | Swann 10-47-3
Additional (slightly unsure) Trivia: If I remember right someone on air said Trott today became the 3rd fastest to a 1000 ODI runs after Viv Richards and KP.
Commentator going nuts moment: David Lloyd – “Associate team saying Up Yours” (Postmatch Video – 02:52 onwards)
The amazing thing about Ireland is that quite a few of their players are amateurs. As in, they have other paying jobs. It’s not just about this win today. Ever since the core of this team appeared without Morgan at the 2009 T20 World Cup, they’ve looked worthy of being given more games against the big boys. And if they had some kind of international ODI status, it’s worth a thought about whether Morgan would have even left. You put Eoin into this team and they’d win more. Like the last game vs Bangladesh.
Kevin O’Brien used to bowl a bit of medium pace. Seems to have given it up now.
Didn’t really capture an aspect of Alex Cusack’s knock because i was in a hurry to finish the highlights. But the best thing about it was that once he realised Kevin was in smouldering touch, he worked the singles and strike brilliantly back to Kevin.
Coming up: It’s unlikely that South Africa will lose to them since SA don’t usually lose to unfancied teams. So, if it means the Irish getting more opportunities, I wouldn’t hurt one bit if they beat India, next up.
Other: This World Cup seems to be highlighting left arm spinners. And it’s not the big names like Vettori or Shakib. Yardy, Rehman, Dockrell (Ireland), Pieter Seelaar (Netherlands) and even Yuvraj for India has bowled quite well.