Ireland have an evens chance against Zimbabwe…

Ireland don’t do Test cricket; Zimbabwe do. Nevertheless, one of Jamaica’s top newspapers, The Gleaner, reckons Ireland has a good chance today, not least because the rapid exit of talent like Grant Flower, Andy Flower and Henry Olonga, has left their opponents well below Test standard. The match begins at 1430 GMT, and you can listen on Radio 4 on 198LW, or Radio Five Sports Extra. Coverage starts on Sky Sports 1 at 13.00GMT. Try RTE if you prefer Cheltenham.

Update: Live scoreboard with commentary here.

  • George

    Perhaps the Ireland cricket team could at least wear black armbands to protest at the death of democracy in Zimbabwe as suggested by Labour Party General Election Candidate for Dublin South, Cllr Aidan Culhane.

    Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangiri is in intensive care following an alleged beating by the police after all.

    “Ireland have qualified for the ICC World Cup in the West Indies for the first time. This is a great achievement for Irish cricket and for the development of the sport in this country. But even at this late stage I do not think tomorrow’s fixture should go ahead,” said Culhane.

    I also listened to him on The Last Word and he admitted it would be tough to not play as it is probably the greatest day in Irish cricket but said then at least wear black armbands. I’ve a tendency to agree.

    After all Zimbabwe players have done it themselves.

    By the way, he is a cricket fan and a cricket player.

  • bpower

    You can get Ireland at 13/8 last time I checked. A lot of sports bettors see it as a great bet. As you say, the true price is close to evens.

    Stick a monkey on it!!

  • abucs

    Should be a good pointer to where Irish cricket has risen to.

    As far as the remaining games are concerned : anyone know the chance of rain this time of year in the WI ?

  • Greenflag

    Ireland should NOT be playing Zimbabwe . There is not much a small country like Ireland can do to bring the world’s attention to Zimbabwe but we should do whatever we can !

    Irish Cricket could win more support from Irish people generally for the game in this country if they took action !

    With half it’s population facing starvation -6 million people -and another 3 million having fled the country in despair not to mention 1,700 % inflation -Mugabe has just cocked another snoot at world opinion by spending 300 million dollars on his birthday celebrations and stating that he will stand again in next years ‘Presidential’ elections !

    Has’nt Zimbabwe been expelled from the Commonwealth ? If not why not ?

  • bootman

    I would hope that if an Irish team were to wear black armbands to make apolitical point it would be for a real reason such as to highlight Britsh state murder in Ireland

  • GF:

    Irish Cricket could win more support from Irish people generally for the game in this country if they took action!”

    It seems like most of Slugger’s genuine cricket fans are in Jamaica. Not to take away from the seriousness of the point, but do you really think this is true?

    bpower:

    I could only get 6/4!

  • Greenflag

    Cricket is a minority sport in Ireland just as it is in Zimbabwe . I can’t ever see it becoming as popular as say hurling /rugby /soccer or hockey unless we can change our ‘climate’:) . I suppose the lure of sunshine and a slim chance of winning against another ‘national’ team has clouded any political considerations . The issue of mixing sports and politics within this island has been ‘successfully ‘ resolved with the Croke Park event .

    I hate to say this but for the Irish team to play against Zimbabwe at this time is just not ‘cricket’! IMO. And yes I think it would raise the ‘profile’ of the ICU which can only be a good thing for the sport

  • Pete Baker

    Ireland are currently 63 for 3 wickets after 14 overs

    Alternates to the coverage Mick noted

    Over by over with the Guardian’s Paul Doyle

    or something similar with the BBC’s Tom Fordyce

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Or indeed cricinfo’s excellent coverage which I am watching at work while also trying to listen to Five Live Sports Extra for those with DAB or on a computer in the UK.

    Bray really needs to hold it together now, anything over 200 give us something to bowl at.

  • George

    81-4 after 19 overs, giving away the wickets too cheaply. Bray on 41no though.

    No black armbands on either side.

  • 89 – 5, there’s another fiver down the drain… Bray’s still there…

  • 150 looks like a struggle…

  • George

    Oh dear,

    Ireland fans singing the ROI football anthem “come on you boys in green” as well as flying tricolours, green white and orange hats and other such attire.

    Those north Dubs, can’t bring them anywhere….

  • George

    Oh you of little faith Mick,

    152 for 6 now

  • esmereldavillalobos

    That’s a pity, rain stopped play. Bray & Johnston just appeared to be setting themselves for a last 6 or 7 over thrash. Great innings from Bray and I hope he converts it to a deserved ton. 220 is there for the taking – keep the faith Mick!

  • Mick Fealty

    I’d be a lot happier if I could only settledown and watch it with a beer, or six… 😉

  • Mick Fealty

    182 – 8 damn… shipping forcast kicks in…

  • Mick Fealty

    BBC Radio Four:

    “The Blarney Army: some of the pastiest men on the island of Jamaica…”

    Bray 103, first world century for Ireland!!!

  • esmereldavillalobos

    What a fantastic knock and what a time to do it! I’ll toast him this evening when I get home from work! 220+ required – keep ’em under pressure!

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Well, there we are: 221/8 after being inserted and 89/5 at one point is to my mind a fantastic performance. A committed performance in the field (on hopefully a slowing pitch) gives the team a great chance – I’m off to lie in a darkened room for the break…

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Whoops – that is 221/9 of course; nurse! The screens!

  • Mick Fealty

    128/4 of 32 overs to Zimbabwe… Sibana just backed into his wicket… two new batsmen at the wicket…

  • Mick Fealty

    133/5 Chigumbura gone…

  • lib2016

    It seems to upset people that the Zimbabwe legal system seems to have reached the same heights as the British and more recently the American system have already done.

    The British were the colonial power and everything that Mugabe is now doing was done to him. That’s where he learned his contempt for democratic norms and we shouldn’t forget it for one moment.

    Democracy will emerge in Africa. In fact countries like South Africa and Ghana are already showing the way but the hypocrisy of the USA and Britain in condemning Mugabe while they themselves are waging an illegal war against the people of Iraq is truly sickening.

    Time for those two great Christians Bush and Blair to look at the mote in their own eye perhaps?

  • Mick Fealty

    Matsikenyeri and Brendan doing a solid job for Zimbabwe – 168/5 in 38th over. Ireland needs a break… Botha, keeping them at it… but time is running down…

  • Pete Baker

    It’s a draw!!?!!

    Last Zimbabwean wicket lost stumped on the final ball with the scores level!!!

  • Mick Fealty

    Absolutely stunning!!!!!! It’s only the third tie in World Cup history.

  • BonarLaw

    lib2116

    “The British were the colonial power and everything that Mugabe is now doing was done to him. That’s where he learned his contempt for democratic norms and we shouldn’t forget it for one moment.”

    Crap. Ever heard of UDI? The Bush War was between the illegal Smith government and the African nationalists. The only thinh the British did was to facilitate majority rule after Lancaster House.

    But why let history get in the way of anti-British prejudice?

  • Pete Baker

    And not “stumped”.. the non-striker was run-out!!!

    Bizarre ending!

  • Mick Fealty

    At least I get my fiver back…

  • Pete Baker

    Always focussed on the bottom line, Mick. ;op