Ireland’s Andy McBrine  celebrates after he dismissed South Africa captain AB de Villiers  during the World Cup Pool B match at Manuka Oval in Canberra. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters 2:10

Skipper William Porterfield believes Ireland cannot afford to dwell on Tuesday’s 201-run mauling at the hands of South Africa’s big-game batsmen in Ho(...)

George Dockrell was the last man out as South Africa beat Ireland by 201 runs at the Manuka Oval. Photograpgh: Reuters/Jason Reed 2:10

Hashim Amla struck a career-best 159 as South Africa crushed Ireland by 201 runs in their World Cup Pool B match in Canberra.The Proteas amassed 411 f(...)

Ireland’s George Dockrell celebrates after scoring the winning runs against the UAE during the Cricket World Cup Pool B match at the Gabba in Brisbane. Photo: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty

If you asked my Somerset or Leinster team-mates, they’d tell you I’ve always fancied myself as a batsman, but walking out at The Gabba last night with(...)

George Dockrell celebrates scoring the winning runs in Ireland’s two-wicket victory over the United Arab Emirates at the Gabba. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images

It may have eluded our politicians to date but Ireland’s cricketers took full advantage of a bail-in along with sundry other gifts, to make it two wi(...)

Ireland batsman  Ed Joyce plays a pull shot during the World Cup Pool B game against West Indies at Saxton Oval in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph:  Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

First, the world referred to them by a word that describes a featureless, small fish that is used mostly as bait: minnow. Then, those in positions of (...)

John Mooney celebrates sealing an impressive Irish victory in New Zealand. Photograph: Chris Symes/Inpho/Photosport

When the sports historians get to writing about this remarkable era for Irish cricket a footnote at the bottom of the scorecard from Monday’s remar(...)

Ireland’s batsman Ed Joyce plays a shot during his innings of 84 during the World Cup Pool B game against West Indies  at Saxton Oval in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph:   Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images 1:09

Ireland yet again took the World Cup by storm as a brilliant batting display secured a four-wicket victory over the West Indies in Nelson, New Zeal(...)

Andrew Balbirnie anchored Ireland’s innings as they chase down 190 to beat Bangladesh in their final World Cup warm-up match at Blacktown Oval. (Photograph: Inpho/Barry Chambers)

Ireland finished their World Cup preparation in style as they beat Bangladesh by four wickets in their final warm-up match at Blacktown Oval on Thursd(...)

Australian great Brett Lee talking to  Max Sorensen during Ireland squad training at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.  Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

We moved on from a good week’s training in Coogee to Sydney Central, where our two official warm-up games take place. As soon as we arrived, things st(...)

Andrew Balbirnie and the Ireland squad enjoy a game of rugby during a squad training session at Drummoyne Oval, Sydney, Australia.  Photograph: Barry Chambers/INPHO

Cricket is wont to putting things in boxes; categorising and breaking down specialist skills and disciplines to the nth degree. And when it comes t(...)