Wednesday, 2 March 2011


First Minister Peter D. Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP MLA have congratulated the Ireland cricket team on their historic victory over England in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Following the match Mr Robinson said: "This is an outstanding achievement by the Irish cricket team. To defeat one of the best sides in the world by chasing down a runs total of over 300 is quite remarkable.

"Kevin O'Brien's stunning century, the fastest in the history of the Cricket World Cup, must rank as one of the greatest individual performances in the history of Irish sport."

Mr McGuinness said: "There are few who would have thought it possible that Ireland could have improved on their achievements at the last world cup. However today's victory surely represents the pinnacle of Irish cricketing achievement, even surpassing their great victory over Pakistan four years ago.

"I would both like to congratulate the whole team and all involved with Cricket Ireland. I hope that this victory will lead to further success in the tournament."

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