Cricket families celebrate 'wonderful' Irish victory over West Indies
FAMILY, friends and supporters of the Irish Cricket team are celebrating after a "terrific victory" for Ireland in the Cricket World Cup.
The Irish team caused a major upset in New Zealand on Sunday night after defeating the West Indies side, chasing down their opponents' score of 304 for seven with 25 balls to spare.
The game went largely in Ireland's favour from the start, which set the tone of what would be an easy victory.
Former Irish cricket player Dominic Joyce was cheering on his brother Ed last night, as he helped clear the way for a great Irish win.
"It was fantastic. I am very proud. He got a chance to show off, it was brilliant," Mr Joyce said.
"It was a brilliant performance. They are a very professional team. I think a lot of people expected Ireland to win."
Irish batsman George Dockrell was responsible for four wickets in the game, which saw the West Indies on the defensive from that point on.
His father, Derek, told the Herald that the win was "a wonderful day for Irish cricket".
"Like any parent, I was on the edge of my seat," Mr Dockrell said.
"It was great to see him do so well, knowing the years of work that goes into it."
Derek, his wife Sara and daughter Lucy hope to travel out to Brisbane to support their son.
Leinster Cricket Club, of which many of the Irish players have been members, were open until late on Sunday, as supporters and friends gathered to cheer them on.
Stephen Kennedy, of the Leinster Cricket Club, said the bar was open even though it was off-season.
"Our club is very connected with the Irish team. Peter Johnson, the assistant coach, is from Leinster so we have a connection with them," he said.
Merrion Cricket Club was also erupting in "widespread celebration" on Sunday, as the Irish team defied the odds.
"It got a good reaction from all the boys," said Merrion cricket player Alan Parkinson.
Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom told the Herald that the game was "a terrific victory".
"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."