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(...)

William Porterfield, in his third tournament, will lead Ireland in the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. (Photograph: Peter Parks /AFP/Getty Images)

WILLIAM PORTERFIELD (Warwickshire) LH bat Age: 30. Caps: 193 (ODI: 73) Runs: 6038 runs @ 31.95 (ODI: 2,137 @ 30.97) Captain for a second time a(...)

Ed Joyce (left) pictured at College Park in Dublin with Ireland team-mates Kevin O’Brien and Craig Young  at the announcement that Tourism Ireland is to sponsor the international cricket team  for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. Photograph:   Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

If it wasn’t for young son Georgiou looking for him to bowl a few more deliveries at the foot of the pavilion steps at Trinity College on Thursday mo(...)