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The Best Ireland v England Encounters: Cricket World Cup 2011.
With Ireland due to play England for the first time in 18 years at Wembley next year, we’ve decided to do a breakdown of the greatest Ireland v England encounters across all sports.
First up Ireland’s win over England at the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
I’ve never been a massive cricket fan but I vividly remember being glued to this game when I saw word on Twitter that Ireland had recovered from a shaky start and there was a chance of victory.
Bangladesh had beaten Ireland in their first game in the group but next came England. Ireland would surely up their game but still no one really gave then a chance.
England batted first finishing on a solid 327/8 from their 50 overs.
Ireland lost captain William Porterfield on their very first ball and things were looking ominous when they were 111/5 but then Kevin O’Brien came to bat.
He made 100 of just 50 balls, the fastest century in World Cup history. It featured thirteen 4′s and six 6′s, amazing for a player that had never made 50 in a World Cup game previously. He would go on to make 113 off 63 balls.
Trent Johnston and John Mooney would bring the victory home for Ireland, establishing the brilliantly named trio of Johnston, Mooney and O’Brien that lead Ireland to victory that day.
India narrowly beat Ireland in their next game and they would only go on to win one more game in the group but that victory over England will stay in everyone’s memory for a long time.