“They can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Terrific Ireland.”

Whether you’re gloating or, like Alan, you somehow missed my ‘excited’ live-blogging of the match [*ahem* – Ed] enjoy the highlights from the final 17 overs of Ireland’s historic win over England in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Group B match yesterday. [While you can… – Ed]

As the Guardian’s Kevin Mitchell says

What happened in a half-filled Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday was not just the finest day in the history of Irish cricket. It was, certainly, a result and a performance better than their mythic win over a well-entertained West Indies team on a damp Sion Mills wicket in County Tyrone 42 years ago, and more complete than their upset of Pakistan in the last World Cup. But it was also a seismic event that shredded English complacency bordering on arrogance, a cricket match to warm the French cockles of Marc Lièvremont.

As broadcast last night on BBC2.

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  • KM: “Ireland’s biggest challenge was finding a drink in Bengaluru after closing time.”

    and so the stereotypes keep rolling on?

  • Pete Baker

    Lighten up, Nevin.

    It’s a good news story.

  • Pete, you must have missed my ‘excellent’ Johnston, Mooney and O’Brien quip yesterday 🙂

  • I should have known you’d already have a post going on the subject. But having checked the top couple of stories, I decided I had the scoop on the win. Should have remembered that even one day matches take a long time and it would be deeper down the page!

    One day in P7, the teacher carried the primary school TV out to our portakabin, handed out cricket scoring sheets duplicated onto yellow paper, and we sat all day watching a test match and noting the scores. Apparently we were learning about sport, overs, counting in fives, and recording stats about boundaries and sixes etc. But in reality, I’m sure the teacher just wanted an excuse to watch the match.

  • Greenflag

    Nevin ,

    That quip was so good I nearly choked on my ‘batch bread’ JMOB of course . There was only ever one member of our ‘clan ‘ who was excited by the ‘cricket’ sadly now gone to the great ashes wherever -but I do recall him trying to explain the intricate and convoluted rules to me as a teenager . Alas my sporting interest was elsewhere where larger balls were requisite and then along came the fillies and instant attention span deficit syndrome and interest in cricket was no more . But it may have a brighter future now that the team has been seen to umble the neighbours so to speak 😉

    Here’s my favourite cricket fan in politically incorrect mode.

  • chewnicked

    Pete, At last you have something in common with your esteemed Deputy FirstMinister ,MartinMcGuinness,-.that familiar sound of leather against willow….
    (Insert you’re own joke now.-e.g. ‘he was always handy with the oul’ bat’ or ‘fond of pulling the odd stoke’ etc

  • Gf, on Slugger on March 2 and in the Guardian 24 hours later.

  • Aw, c’mon.

    “And everybody praised O’Brien
    Who this great fight did win”—
    “But what good came of it at last?”
    Quoth little Peterkin.
    “Why that I cannot tell,” said he,
    “But ’twas a famous victory.”


    Since the election in the south, I have been very disappointed in the topicality and volume of new threads on Slugger. How many threads on cricket has there been? How many threads on political and societal analysis has there been? I thought it would be a veritable thicket of threads and analysis but no. It seems there’s some kind of fin de siecle feeling on this forum