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Ireland triumphs over the 'Windies'

THE surprise World Cup win over the West Indies, at Nelson, New Zealand, has been described as a "terrific victory" by Cricket Ireland boss Warren Deutrom.

However, he said that the team aren't there just to celebrate one triumph.

"No doubt that we are extremely pleased," Mr Deurtrom said.

"They will be having a few beers tonight but I heard they'll be going to bed early before starting preparations for the next game on February 25.

"That's exactly the kind of impression that we need to convey," he said.

"We are here to compete. It's a great start. But that's what it is, a great start. Cricket is more of a marathon as opposed to a sprint."

According to Mr Deutrom, the game has expanded "greatly" in recent years, with now over 46,000 people playing at home.

The Irish team defeated the West Indies side, chasing down their opponents' score of 304 for seven with 25 balls to spare.

Paul Stirling (92 runs), Ed Joyce (84 runs) and Niall O'Brien (79 not out) impressed with the bat to ensure victory for Ireland.

"A lot of people felt that it would be a West Indies win but we didn't see it like that at all," player Andrew Balbirnie said afterwards.

"We went in feeling that we would win the game," he told the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk this morning.


"It was all a bit surreal for me; this is my first World Cup. So it's such a relief to start a tournament that well."

Balbirnie also said that he and the team would enjoy "a few beers" tonight, to celebrate their monumental win, before preparing for the next game in Brisbane on February 25.

Cricket fan Sinn Fein's Martin McGuiness called the moment a "truly memorable victory for Ireland", while Sports Minister Alan Kelly said it was "a massive achievement".