Late nights for Irish World Cup cricket watchers

Ireland skipper William Porterfield. Picture by Rowland White/Presseye
Ireland skipper William Porterfield. Picture by Rowland White/Presseye

North West cricket lovers will be having some late nights over the next few weeks, as they prepare to watch Ireland’s World Cup campaign, in Australia and New Zealand.

Phil Simmons’ side start their Pool B campaign against West Indies, in New Zealand’s Saxton Oval, on Sunday evening, with the match getting underway at 10pm.

Next up for Ireland is UAE on Wednesday, February 25, as they play at the world famous Gabba in Australia, unfortunately for cricket followers the action doesn’t get underway until 3am.

One of the tournament’s favourites South Africa are Ireland’s next opponents when they meet at the Manuka Oval, again in Australia, on Tuesday, March 3, starting at 3.30am.

Again it’s a 3.30am start for Ireland’s encounter with Zimbabwe at the Bellerive Oval in Australia on Saturday, March 7.

Then on Tuesday, March 10 India face Ireland at Seddon Park, New Zealand with the action getting underway at 1am and their final Pool B game sees them face Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval in Australia, on Sunday March 15 with the match starting at 3am.

All matches will be shown live on Sky Sports 2, with the Zimbabwe game behind on the red button.