Ireland’s World Cup adventure in final stage

With South Africa’s demolition of England’s hopes of sneaking into the semi-finals yesterday the rest of the Super8 World Cup games will not affect the list of teams for the semi-finals. That said, Ireland’s final game, against Sri Lanka today, has the potential to cause a further sharp intake of breath.. however unlikely, a win today, against one of the confirmed semi-finalists, would lift Ireland further up the table. ANYhoo.. 2.30pm start, usual usual, OverByOver.. scorecard.. live commentary. Sri Lanka win toss and will field first. Ireland all out for 77 from 27.4 overs. That’s a very disappointing batting performance, even if it was against one of the likely finalists. 6th lowest World Cup total ever. Not the sort of performance to end this World Cup adventure, and coach Adrian Birrell’s tenure, that Ireland wanted to produce. Chasing 78 runs. Sri Lanka 81-2 from 10 overs. Sri Lanka win. Just too strong for Ireland at this point. Disappointing ending, but there are plenty of positives to take away from this tournament for the Irish side. Not least acheiving their first placing in the official ICC One-Day rankings and a place in the ICC’s ODI Championship Adds Comments from Trent Johnston

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  • smcgiff

    Poor run rate… Come on lads, swing the hurleys!

  • Pete Baker

    Bray out for 20.

    Ireland could do with a repeat of Porterfield’s last batting performance.

    28-1 from 7.3

  • Pete Baker

    make that 28-3 from 8…

    It was a solid start..

  • Peter

    Hello all,

    I’m not a cricket fan, but I’d like to know why N.ireland supporters don’t represent themselves when supporting Ireland. I’ve never seen a N.Ireland flag represent our part of Ireland and while I’m at it, I’ve never seen a N.Ireland flag when Irish rugby is played.

    Could someone please explain why this phenomenon happens?

  • smcgiff

    ‘but I’d like to know why N.ireland supporters don’t represent themselves when supporting Ireland.’

    They certainly did at the start of the competition. The ROI fans were clearly different from the NI fans, which had NI flags etc. It was commented on in the media.

    Not sure if they’re present for the latter stages.

  • overhere

    Peter
    Is that all you can think about, do you watch the sport(whatever it may be) or do you just sit there with a clipboard counting flags >shakes head in despair< Take up trainspotting

  • Setanta Bhoy

    36-3 at the moment. Oh dear. Mind you, I never, ever, ever thought I would be sitting at my desk in work looking at Irish Cricket scores! The whole world has gone mad…

    Yes, swing the hurleys!

  • SuperSoupy
  • smcgiff

    A united Ireland & Ivory Coast even! 🙂

  • smcgiff

    It’s just not cricket! But it is sport.

    Northern Ireland leap 14 places in the FIFA world rankings.

    Of course that may well be spoilt by the news contained elsewhere in the below link…

    http://www.rte.ie/sport/2007/0418/fifa.html

  • Pete Baker

    Getting back to the cricket

    Porterfield’s gone for 17 runs

    Ireland 46-4 from 18

  • smcgiff

    WOW – Now that’s a collapse.

  • Setanta Bhoy

    53-8! Whats the lowest score ever? Dont think we will win this one…

  • smcgiff

    4 Ducks! Oh boy.

  • Peter

    Hello all,

    I’m not a cricket fan, but I’d like to know why N.ireland supporters don’t represent themselves when supporting Ireland. I’ve never seen a N.Ireland flag represent our part of Ireland and while I’m at it, I’ve never seen a N.Ireland flag when Irish rugby is played.

    Could someone please explain why this phenomenon happens?

    Peter,

    Is that all you can think about, do you watch the sport(whatever it may be) or do you just sit there with a clipboard counting flags >shakes head in despair< Take up trainspottingoverhere, How can i know who is playing without looking at flags, signs and uniforms?

  • Ringo

    Try looking at the scoreboard. Most people who are actually interested in sport tend to think that that is what matters.

  • confused

    Do you think Sri Lanka will get the 77 runs for a draw or do you think they will risk everything and go for a win?

  • Jay Bee

    very disappointed by the Guardian’s use of the word “prod” when describing Ireland’s batting today …

  • Pete Baker

    A couple of early wickets for Ireland.. but Sri Lanka have wickets and overs to spare.

    Sri Lanka 31-2 from 4

  • Mick Fealty

    Oh dear. Cowped, and cowped badly…

  • Bill

    We tend to look towards England as our role modles rather than Australia!