Ireland duly collected the Intercontinental Cup for the fourth time on Friday afternoon as Trent Johnston’s career in the green shirt came to a fitting end with a 122 run victory over Afghanistan in Dubai.
While all eyes were on the YMCA man going into the game, an achilles injury meant he was forced to watch from the sidelines on the final day.
However it was to be his Leinster Lightning team-mate John Mooney who grabbed the headlines- Mooney proving his worth to William Porterfield by claiming five second innings wickets, giving him ten in the match.
Captain Porterfield said: “It is a fantastic feeling. We won the 50-over stuff with a couple of games to go. I think we only lost one game throughout that campaign which was great for ourselves. Coming here (in UAE) last month and beating Afghanistan in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier final was great.
“I think it is all because of the hard work we put in. We are a pretty hard working bunch any time we come away on tour. “Over the last four or five years, we have become a lot more professional outfit both on and off the pitch.
“I think that has helped us massively with our cricket.”