A close-run thing, but Ireland get the win
A WIN with four balls to spare might sound plentiful but for the 'Blarney Army', who understand the intricacies of cricket, this was painful viewing.
The friends and family of Team Ireland could barely watch as our cricket heroes just about maintained their 100pc record at the World Cup.
The Irish team overcame underdogs United Arab Emirates in a thrilling two-wicket win in their second game of the competition in Brisbane yesterday.
Kevin O'Brien and Gary Wilson hit half-centuries to ensure the win, but it was far from straightforward.
"I watched it with my boyfriend John (Anderson), who also plays on the team but not on this tour, in our apartment from the start," explained Isobel Joyce, sister of batsman Ed Joyce.
"Then John had to leave to go to work and my nerves were frayed so I kind of kept one eye on it and one on the housework with the commentary turned up loud."
Isobel, who plays on the Irish women's team, agreed the game had been closer than anticipated but said the Irish team hadn't "underestimated the UAE".
Kate McKenna, girlfriend of batsman Andy Balbirnie, tuned in from her office in Dublin.
"It was definitely tense and trying to explain the rules to people probably just added to the tension. But we got the right result," she said.
Ireland play South Africa next Tuesday.