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’s (L-R) John Mooney, Peter Chase, Andrew Balbirnie and Niall O’Brien watch captain William Porterfield throw the ball during a training session ahead of their 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday. Photograph: Indranial Mukherjee/Getty Images

The four non-test playing nations at the World Cup have performed well in cricket’s global showpiece and it wouldn’t be the same tournament with less (...)

Ireland’s George Dockrell catches out West Indies batsman Darren Sammy during the Pool B Cricket World Cup match  at Saxton  Oval in Nelson. Photograph:   Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

They say a week is a long time in politics and when it comes to our victory over the West Indies in beautiful Nelson on Monday, the same holds true(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

 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(...)