ICC World Twenty20 Super8 – Ireland v New Zealand

With Dave unfortunately indisposed, it’s time for me to don my metaphorical whites and pad up for some live-ish cricket blogging. Yesterday’s match out of the way, at Trent Bridge today Ireland face New Zealand in their first Super8 game. They’ve won the toss and will bowl first. New Zealand are missing captain Vettori along with Ryder and Taylor, while Ireland seem to have left out Boyd Rankin and Jeremy Bray. BBC text coverage here. And, in the UK, Radio 5Live stream [RealPlayer]. Or the Cricinfo scoreboard. NZ 198 for 5 off 20 overs. Redmond lbw 63. Styris caught K O’Brien bowled McCallan 42. Guptill 45 not out from 32 balls, with 4 sixes. Convincing performance by New Zealand setting a daunting total for Ireland to chase. Final Ireland 115 all out off 16.4 overs. Wilson c Franklin b Styris 23. Botha run out 28. Cusack c BB McCullum b NL McCullum 20. Johnston run out 14. Ireland never seriously troubled the total set by a New Zealand side who sprinted out of the blocks from the start. Some sloppy fielding and running between the wickets didn’t help. Got to be questions about the squad selection too. Next up, Sri Lanka at Lords. Tomorrow. *gulp* Update Not tomorrow, Sunday 1.30pm. *gulp*

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  • Bill

    Was a bit surprised that they left out Andrew White again, especially with his 29 from 25 or so balls yesterday.

  • tresc2003

    And where is Paul Stirling? Boyd Rankin also left out today… it doesn;t add up…

  • percy

    good links, factual and sweet, good to be in the no-spin zone.
    Tough ask today, the game’s on SKY too

  • Dave Hartin

    Strange selection today for sure and just too many runs conceded. 8 down now.

  • Dave Hartin

    I can understand Bray being dropped but Rankin?

  • Bill

    Despite the daft early wicket losses Ireland we’re actually pretty close until the 7th over (NZ 56-1, Ireland 48-2). From there NZ pushed on fast and well, being 58-4 by the 9th over tells the story!

    It’s all fun and games now for Ireland anyway. Ireland getting to this stage is the achievement.

  • Dave Hartin

    At least England are getting a hiding as well – I don’t fancy Ireland playing Mendis the way they’re batting at the moment.

  • Dave Hartin

    Or Malinga. Or Murali.

  • A Fashionista

    We have the best shirts and that is all that matters.

  • Donnacha

    Mixed emotions for me on this one. Sad to see Ireland play so poorly against a side that can be either good or bloody awful depending on what day it is. Thought it was a bit of a shame that McCallan wasn’t caught behind off Nathan McCullum’s bowling so the summary could read McCallan c McCullum b McCullum. Sounds like a law firm.

  • Dave Hartin

    Cricket Ireland website are advertising some tickets still available for Sunday at Lord’s (Ireland v Sri Lanka; England v India) and Monday at The Oval (Ireland v Pakistan; England v West Indies). E-mail sue.wickham@irishcricket.org with any ticket requests.

    I’m not a pimp for Cricket ireland, honest…

  • The Spectator

    This result was always a risk – Ireland suffered similarly to the Black Caps in the 2007 (50 over) CWC – it seems to me that, whatever the weakness of NZ against the true giants (Aus, SA, Ind, Sri Lanka in the shorter formats) they are very unlikely to drop against plucky insurgents like Ireland, if only because they have long been plucky insurgents themselves, know all the tricks, wrote the book, and simply don’t do complacency.

    We’ve already qualified for the next super 7 based CWC – which means 6 matches, and we get the chance to get into next years T20 later this year, probably as favourites to qualify (albeit with Zim coming back, there may be only two spots open)

    What was interesting about the news reports so far, even abroad, was the utter lack of surprise in our victory over the Tigers. The cricket world quietly accepts (but won’t publicly admit) that we are pretty much as good as (if not better than)the Tigers and Zim already, that wew are far and away the top Associate, and have been, to be honest, for three years, and that the continued denial of Test Status is an issue as much of politics and player burnout(India’s fear of ‘White’ hegemony, future tours programme) as it is about Ireland’s quality and finances – (after all, the quality is good enough for England to poach with Joyce and Morgan gone, and possibly O’Brien and Rankin to follow) and the ICC test team handout from the CWC for 2007 (£11m per side – would maybe become £10m with extra team) would EASILY pay for fully Pro cricket in Ireland over the four year CWC period, before sponsorship, tickets or tv rights were even considered.

    Certainly Clontarf, Stormont, Ebrington and Cork could handle the upgrade easily enough – there not particularly inferior, for example, to NZ grounds, and it might even be useful for England, and her guests each summer to have another nearby test nation to visit.

    Ah, but ‘t’will never happen . Sigh.