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Rupert Wyman 2nd Mar 2011 - 17:54

Luck of the Irish for English bookies

Bookmakers were cheering as Ireland succeeded in chasing down the highest ever run total in World Cup history and defied in-play odds of 28/1 to defeat England.

England were as short as 1/300 to win as the fifth Irish wicket fell but a stunning partnership between Kevin O'Brien and Alex Cusack propelled the Irish to victory. A six figure profit was made on the book at William Hill as England were seemingly everybody's banker of the day.

"Somebody at Hills must have given the Blarney stone quite a snogging in order for this result to come off," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly. "England were the subject of numerous five figure bets and were in thousands of accumulators across the country."

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