Ireland stun West Indies in Cricket World Cup

Ireland team-mates John Mooney Niall O'Brien celebrate a famous win. Credit: Reuters

Ireland sprung the biggest shock so far of the Cricket World Cup with a four-wicket win against the West Indies in the sides' opening match in New Zealand.

The unfancied Irish were set a target of 305 after a century from the Windies' Lendl Simmons helped the former world champions post an imposing total.

But Paul Stirling (92), Ed Joyce (84) and Niall O'Brien (79 not out) impressed with the bat as the underdogs racked up 307 with four wickets and 25 balls to spare.

It was Ireland’s first win over the West Indies in six official matches.