England suffer Ireland loss… Cricket correspondant Nimitray Joshi reports

3rd March 2011

England suffered an incredible loss against the cricket minnows Ireland yesterday. Having set Ireland 327 England looked in the hot seat going into the break with Trott getting 92 and Bell 81 England must have thought they had it in the bag. Having got Ireland to 111-5 with Swann getting a few quick wickets and Ed Joyce already back in the pavilion, one would assume the England players were cruising and thinking about what to have for supper that evening. However the pink haired Kevin O’Brien pulled of a magnificent innings, breaking the record for the fastest world cup centaury of just 50 balls getting the last of those 50 runs of just 20 balls. He was finally run out for 113 of 63 balls, however the damage was already done with Mooney hitting the final runs of the first ball of the final over, to win by 3 wickets.

Jubilant Ireland players celebrate a historic world cup win

This was on the back of the game of the tournament so far when England lost the plot and somehow managed to salvage a draw against India on Sunday. Having been set a giant total of 338 to win the game England where on fire at 281-2 and looking like they were about to cruise to victory. Then a typical middle order collapse left them at 289-6 and then a dramatic last over meant the game finished as a draw. This was a fantastic cricket and did well to show that one day cricket is still alive.

Obviously there are plenty of games still to go and anything can happen. Listen in to the URN sports show for our coverage.

Nimitray Joshi