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Ireland world cup preview

February 23, 2011

With Ireland’s opening game looming I am now closing my latest poll, ”Who will be Ireland’s key in the CWC 2011?”  I will also be taking a look at how Ireland fared in their warm ups ahead of the world cup.

Ireland’s warm up games received mixed results with a loss against New Zealand and a win against Zimbabwe. The loss against New Zealand was not all bad though and there are several good points to take from the game. Skipper William Porterfield scored a fantastic 72 runs, and helped Ireland to score 279 runs before being all bowled out after 48.2 overs. Ireland made NZ sweat before they took the victory and, as an associate nation, that is something we should be proud of. We are still a nation that can handle the big top ten of test cricket. Our win over Zimbabwe we have shown that we are well up for this world cup and that we are not willing to back down easily. This game proved to be a terrific game for Trent Johnston. His amazing 5 overs, 2 for 9 runs were a massive key in restricting Zim to 244 runs after 50 overs. Andre Botha top scored with a slow 79 runs off 135 balls, but this still proved to help Ireland in chasing those all important runs.

The result of my poll tied George Dockrell and Ed Joyce with 3 votes each. However this result has not matched up with how Ireland are playing. Dockers is yet to take a wicket in the world cup, however he has had very good economy rates, which in limited overs cricket can be very important.  Joycey scored 41 runs in the opening warm up against NZ, but he did not bat against Zim. Ireland’s opening games have shown Trent Johnston and William Porterfield to be the stand out players. In my poll Porterfield received only one vote, and Johnston was not included in it (sorry)

Ireland will play their first official CWC 2011 game against Bangladesh on this coming Friday morning. Sky sports will be covering the game, however you will need the red button to view it.

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