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 captain William Porterfield (centre) plays a shot watched by West Indies’ wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin (left) and captain Jason Holder (right) during the Pool B 2015 Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the West Indies at Saxton Park Oval in Nelson on Monday. Photograph:  AFP 1:09

Ireland’s four-wicket victory over West Indies in their opening 2015 World Cup clash on Monday was not an ‘upset’, according to their captain.William (...)

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 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(...)

Scotland recorded a crushing 179-run victory over Ireland in Tuesday’s World Cup warm-up in Sydney. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA

Matt Machan and Alasdair Evans did most of the damage as Scotland recorded a crushing 179-run victory over Ireland in Tuesday’s World Cup warm-up in S(...)

We have arrived in Australia for the World Cup having planned and worked to get here over the past three years. Even though we were expected to qualif(...)

 Ireland’s Craig Young (3-45) was again the pick of the Irish attack against Afghanistan in Dubai. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s unbeaten start to 2015 came to an abrupt end in Dubai on Saturday as a disappointing batting display saw them beaten by 71 runs against Afg(...)

William Porterfield will lead Ireland in next month’s cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cricket Ireland have confirmed that the 15-man squad for next month’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will be the same selection that have t(...)