Wednesday 22 November 2017

'Absolutely brilliant' – Irish supporters laud cricket heroes after stunning World Cup victory

Ireland's John Mooney celebrates hitting the winning runs as they beat the West Indies for the first time in their Cricket World Cup match in Nelson, February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps
Ireland's John Mooney celebrates hitting the winning runs as they beat the West Indies for the first time in their Cricket World Cup match in Nelson, February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Another cricket World Cup, another win for Ireland against one of the leading nations and the reaction has been one of widespread praise for William Porterfield and his team.

Porterfield's team won their opening Pool B match by four wickets at Nelson, chasing down their opponents' score of 304 for seven with 25 balls to spare.

Paul Stirling (92), Ed Joyce (84) and Niall O'Brien (79 not out) impressed with the bat to put Porterfield in buoyant mood.

Irish supporters near and far were quick to acknowledge the incredible performance against such illustrious opponents.

"Great to wake up and see the @Irelandcricket result this morning! Fantastic result," Munster player Johne Murphy tweeted.

"Truly memorable victory for #Ireland over the West Indies at the Cricket World Cup.Congratulations.Onward & upward !!  @Irelandcricket," Sinn  Fein's Martin McGuinness added.

Here is a flavour of the reaction.

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