Luck of the Irish

This has to be one of the most stunning results I’ve seen in world cricket.

Ireland 133-7 beat Pakistan 132 by three wickets.

No luck involved in this one - Ireland (mainly made up of part-timers) held their catches and Niall O’Brien both took two of those catches as wicketkeeper and hit 72 off 106 balls to send Pakistan (ranked 4th in 1-day cricket) out of the tournament. Andre Botha bowled 2-5 off eight overs for the boys in green and an attack that had been derided prior to the tournament performed well on a pretty green pitch.

And all this on St Patrick’s Day - congratulations to the Paddys!

I followed the game last night on the internet (; a wonderful result for both Ireland and cricket. Amazingly, there was another big upset unfolding at the same time, with Bangladesh beating India. Rock on the underdogs!!! :beer:

It even got us lunatic N Irish to calm down. Observe Ian/Martin prancing around with bats - and no blood!!
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