“Stranger things have happened…”

Another day, another Super 8 game in Ireland’s Cricket World Cup adventure. Today they face an Australian side who have proven ruthlessly efficient in the competition so far.. I wonder if they’re superstitious at all.. The Irish captain gives his thoughts here. Your choices for coverage for the 2.30pm start include, as usual, over by over, scorecard, or live commentary. Adds Australia win the toss and will bowl first. How many overs do you reckon we’ll withstand? Ireland all out for 91 from 30 overs. As I said, ruthlessly efficient. Quality bowling on a wicket that favoured rewarded the Australian pace-men. Rankin might like it, but the other Irish bowlers won’t. Australia win 92-1 from 12.2 overs. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

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  • Pete Baker

    This will be a short game..

  • Radishchev

    O’Brien, K.J. playing a couple of nice shots. At least with his brother gone, he is less likely to be run out 🙂 Serious intent shown by the Aussies straight off though.

  • Radishchev

    Morgan gone. Could be struggling to make it to three figures at this rate. Needs a big innings from someone.

  • Are we about to enter the most undesireable cricket league, ever? 21/4 after 5.6 (wide and no ball on the last ball so far!!)

  • Radishchev

    Tait certainly seemed to be doing his best to help Ireland out with a string of extras in that fifth over. O’Brien still seems to be the man to keep the scoreboard ticking over for the moment.

  • Someone needs to steady the ship. What’s the betting that we still have cricket to play after lunch?

  • Pete Baker

    Mick

    “What’s the betting that we still have cricket to play after lunch?”

    Not good.

  • Radishchev

    Nasty knock to the head there for White, who’s had a good World Cup so far. At least McGrath had the decency to look concerned, which makes a change for him. His family were originally from Ballycastle, according to his TMS interview yesterday – left in the 1860s.

  • Pete Baker

    Time for Trent Johnston to provide a captain’s innings..

  • Radishchev

    White gone for 6. Captain to the crease.

  • Radishchev

    Lowest total ever safely seen off with a four.

  • Radishchev

    O’Brien gone. 42 for 6, around 36 overs left.

    BTW, is it me, or is the lad from RTE on TMS prone to the odd clanger. I mean, “Martin” Clarke?

  • Radishchev

    By an odd coincidence, second and third lowest World Cup totals also seen off with a four from Johnston.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    With Trent Johnston at the crease there is a chance the “Blarney Army” will be able to see Ireland post a score of over 100, but if he loses his wicket within the next 10 overs or so it’s going to be an extremely poor sub-century total…However, it’s not looking good with 6 wickets down with less than 15 overs played! Ireland are my 2nd team in the tournament so I hope I’m proved wrong. McCallan can bat a bit and even if he keeps his wicket and concentrates on putting away the bad balls and tries nothing too dangerous then they might be able to at least get into 3 figures. You’re clutching at straws however if you expect Mooney, Langford-Smith and Rankin to contribute with more than a cameo…

  • Pete Baker

    And with that we lose Johnston..

  • esmereldavillalobos

    1st mis-match of the super 8s guys, the boys just don’t face bowling like this anywhere except here.

    At least get to three figures? Please?

    *on knees, eyes to the heavens, pleading*

  • Pete Baker

    esme

    It’s also the first ‘traditional’ Caribbean pitch they’ve played on.. the newer ones have been as dull as ditchwater.

  • Garibaldy

    Guess Ponting wasn’t joking in the interview on TV last night about wanting to annihilate Ireland.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Shaaattt! Mooney!

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Very true, Pete – a proper Caribbean strip.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Alright then, I’ll take 90…

  • Pete Baker

    That might be optimistic, esme..

  • esmereldavillalobos

    More optimistic than “Stranger things have happened…”? I’m not sure (even before this prolonged collapse) they have, you know…

    80/9

  • Radishchev

    Ireland pass lowest score of this World Cup (set by Bermuda – 78) with another four. Curiouser and curiouser. Still Ponting holds on to catch Langford-Smith – 90 for 6.

  • Radishchev

    Ooops – my mistake: 80 for 9.

  • Radishchev

    Re. the point raised by Pete about the wicket at Barbados. It’s worth remembering that the bounce may well favour a bowler like Rankin, providing his radar is a lot better than against New Zealand. It may not be enough to win the game, but it could at least ensure some egg on Aussie faces.

  • Radishchev

    That’s that – Mooney run out after a good knock. It was going to happen eventually – the calling between Mooney and Rankin should have been punished sooner, with both Ponting and Hussey missing the stumps previously.

    Target of 92 for the Aussies.

  • Radishchev

    Close, but a difficult chance – O’Brien lets fellow ‘keeper Gilchrist off the hook, from the bowling of Rankin.

    Clinical from the Aussies.

  • Radishchev

    Well done – Gilchrist plays all around one from Johnston. 62 for 1.

  • Radishchev

    So that’s that – a big six for Hussey to get the runs required in the thirteenth over. Something of a whipping for Ireland, with Australia dominant from virtually the first ball. For the Irish, time to target West Indies and Bangladesh. For Australia, back to the top of the table and into the semis.

  • Doctor Who

    A right hammering, but against the best team in the world by far. No shame in loosing so convincingly to the Aussies.

  • merrie

    It’s not the worst cricket score by far. I think the Aussies would have been more sporting if they had elected to bat – the game would have lasted longer. OTOH maybe the number of runs by the Aussies would have been more embarrassing for Ireland…

    I recall (imperfectly) hearing about a really low test score Australia had in the 1930s, playing the Poms in England. An Aussie supporter was lying in bed listening to the match on his crystal radio, dozing off when the score was 12-0. He woke up a little while later, OK the score was 35 for 2. What he did not realise was that while he was sleeping Australia had been all out for 20 or something and had been forced to follow on.

  • Forecast

    Thought it was quite nice to see so many England fans and flags getting behind the Irish team.

    Now, would that have happened had the roles (of Ireland and England) been reversed?

  • Richard

    New Zealand looking good this evening.