It didn’t take Ireland long to cause an upset at the Cricket World Cup as the green machine stuffed out the West Indies by a comfortable margin of 4 wickets this afternoon.
It wasn’t as if Ireland chased down a mediocre score to win either.
The West Indies set a total of 304, and the Irish chased it down with relative ease.
The West Indies were in trouble early, but like other teams have shown already at this CWC, managed to use a couple of batsmen to work their way to a good strong total.
Ireland in their reply batted what could be called almost the perfect run chase.
All the batsmen put in solid scores, including a brilliant knock of 92 by opener Paul Stirling in an effort which saw Ireland heading towards a potential at the midway point.
A well balanced 84 by Ed Joyce anchored the Irish towards a convincing victory.
Middle order batsmen Niall Anderson smashed the ball to all areas of Nelson’s Saxton Oval, ending on an beaten 74.
The West Indies have been poor right through their CWC buildup, and their opening performance in the tournament proper wasn’t any better.
Ireland beat one more big time cricketing outfit and are surely now one step closer to being serious contenders to a top tier cricketing nation.