Green Wickets chronicles Ireland's adventures at the 2007 Cricket World Cup, when a country not only found out they had a cricket team but discovered that they could give some of the big boys a run for their money.

From a group of relative unknowns to household names in six weeks, Ireland's cricket team had barstoolers discussing the intricacies of the Duckworth-Lewis method. Kids swapped their hurleys for cricket bats and eschewed schoolyard five-a-sides to replay the exploits of Trent Johnston and co.

Leahy experienced all the highs, and the odd low, as he spent six weeks traversing the Caribbean in close contact with the team. He reported on the achievements that gave us something to cheer in an otherwise depressing year for Irish team sports.

Very few of those supposedly in the know had given Ireland any chance of progressing from a group that contained Zimbabwe, former champions Pakistan and hosts West Indies. The players and inspirational coach Adrian Birrell had other ideas.

They may have only a sprinkling of professionals in a mainly amateur squad but the whole unit had a professional mindset and attitude. Birrell and his players had worked hard in the lead-up to the event to make sure that this would be no two-week jolly up in Paradise.

A dramatic draw with Zimbabwe was followed by an even more incredible victory over Pakistan on St Patrick's Day - a win that would ensure Ireland reached the Super Eight stage and sent the travelling Blarney Army into raptures.

That victory would be somewhat tainted by the sudden death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer and the farcical and erroneous murder investigation that followed.

A two-week sojourn turned into a six-week expedition as unheralded Ireland lined up alongside the best teams in the world and the more established sides of India and Pakistan took their seats on the plane back to Heathrow.

There was more to come in the Super Eights, as Ireland ran South Africa and England close and easily defeated Bangladesh to achieve full one-day international status.

With only nine one-day games spread out over the space of the six weeks, the players and assembled hacks had plenty of time for extra-curricular activities. The people of Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados and Grenada were rewarded for their support with committed performances from the team and evenings of song and dance from the media.

Leahy covers the magical moments with an unfussy style and no little wit as we are introduced to the carefree nature of Caribbean life and the merits of the 'Funky Chicken' and 'Ferret' celebrations.

The book is enhanced by an abundance of terrific colour photos, with bowler Paul Mooney contributing many behind-the-scenes shots. For the more serious cricket fans, it also comes complete with all the necessary statistics, including scorecards and scoring averages.

Yet this book is not just for fans of the game, it is required reading for all sports fans and anyone who wants to relive one of the highlights of the sporting year. It would not look out of place on any coffee table and makes an ideal Christmas present.

Glenn Mason