Papua New Guinea batsman  Norman Vanua celebrates hitting the winning six with team-mates after their World Twenty20  qualifier victory over Ireland at Stormont in Belfast. Photograph:  William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland’s winning streak in in World Twenty20 qualifiers came to an abrupt halt at Stormont on Wednesday as Papua New Guinea claimed a shock two-wi(...)

Ireland captain William Porterfield on his way to an unbeaten 56  in the seven-wicket victory over Namibia at the ICC  World Twenty20 Qualifier at Stormont in  Belfast. Photograph:  William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland made a confident start to the defence of their World Twenty20 qualifier crown as they saw off the challenge of Namibia with a seven-wicket (...)

Ireland players leave the Adelaide Oval pitch after their seven wicket defeat to Pakistan.Photograph: Getty

Ireland were knocked out of the cricket World Cup as Pakistan cruised to a seven-wicket win at the Adelaide Oval.Sarfraz Ahmed’s unbeaten 101 condemn(...)

Shikhar Dhawan scored a century as India chased down Ireland’s 259 for the loss of just two wickets. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images 1:40

India’s imperious start to the World Cup continued with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Ireland in their Pool B encounter at Seddon Park in Hamilt(...)

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(...)

Gary Wilson’s 80 off 69 balls helped get Ireland’s run chase back on track in their two wicket win over the UAE at The Gabba, Brisbane. (Photograph: INPHO/PHOTOSPORT/Tertius Pickard)

Ireland followed up their opening World Cup win over the West Indies with another against the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday morning and now they h(...)

Ireland batsman Kevin O’Brien plays a shot during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between Ireland and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/Getty Images 1:13

Gary Wilson and Kevin O’Brien struck brisk half-centuries as Ireland held their nerve to clinch a thrilling two-wicket victory in their World Cup Pool(...)

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(...)