Ireland v England ODI

There was a brief rain delay at Stormont, where England won the toss and elected to bat in the one day international against Ireland [50 overs]. But not before Trent Johnston, on his 100th cap, picked up two early wickets, Bopara and Trott. Cricinfo scorecard. Wicket! MJ Prior c West b Botha 29 (52b 3×4 0x6). Wicket! PD Collingwood c †NJ O’Brien b West 9 (23b 0x4 0x6). Wicket! OA Shah c KJ O’Brien b Cusack 21 (32b 0x4 1×6). Wicket! JL Denly lbw b Johnston 67 (111b 3×4 0x6). Crucial wicket taken by a reintroduced Johnston. Another wicket for Johnston! LJ Wright c Mooney b Johnston 36 (26b 3×4 2×6). Wicket! AU Rashid c KJ O’Brien b Cusack 7 (17b 0x4 0x6). Wicket! GP Swann b Botha 5 (7b 0x4 0x6). England in danger of being bowled out. England 203 for 9 off 50 overs. Target 204. That should be get-able.. But, with the weather threatening to intervene, Ireland will need to keep an eye on the run rate [4.08 runs per over required]. Update After a rain delay, the match will restart at 5.36pm. It’s now a 20 over game and Duckworth/Lewis decrees Ireland’s new target to be 116 to win. Now Porterfield out 2nd over for 4 runs. Niall O’Brien out 4th over for 12 runs. Botha out in 9th over for 15 runs. Don’t throw this one away guys. Stirling goes in the 10th for a solid 30 runs. A couple of low scoring overs. Need to watch that run rate. Kevin O’Brien goes in the 15th over for just 4 runs. Mooney stumped in the 16th for 9 runs. It could be slipping away. White run out for 1 run in 17th. West goes in 18th. And Cusack follows. Final Ireland 113 for 9 off 20 overs. England win by 2 runs (D/L method). Close, but not close enough. Disappointing collapse let the run rate get away. Trent Johnston, deservedly, man of the match.

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  • Mick Fealty

    Johnston’s just had another maiden. 21 for 2 after 11.3

  • Mick Fealty

    Oh dear. A four off O’Brien. Keeping mouth firmly shut from now on.

  • Mick Fealty

    From an English friend by Text:

    “If we beat the Australians and then Ireland beat us does that make Ireland the best cricketing nations in the world?”

    I answered “Yes!” But since the Aussies are now only fourth in the World order, I think the logic is a tad on the leaky side…

    Let’s hope their middle order collapses… and give our guys something to go for…

  • middle class ****

    disappointing not to capitalise more fulsomely on the early dismissals

    still, a gettable target

    what’s the weather looking like?

  • slug

    Weather in Belfast – rain just holding off but cloudy. Forecast is for things to clear up nicely from 4pm.

  • slug

    Theres the rain on.

  • fin

    Why are Ireland games never available on the radio or TV..aaaaAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH

  • middle-class ****

    D/L job, most likely!

    Have a bit of a slap early doors!

  • slug

    Play to resume when rain clears. Rain has now cleared up nicely so looking good to finish off the game.

  • Rory Carr

    When can we expect the England national hurling team to visit Ireland? At least they wouldn’t be put off by a wee bit of rain (I trust).

  • fin

    Eoin Morgan enjoyed his hurling as a kid, claims it made him the batsman he is today

  • Pete Baker

    Update After a rain delay, the match will restart at 5.36pm. It’s now a 20 over game and Duckworth/Lewis decrees Ireland’s new target to be 116 to win.

  • Martin

    Rory – as an Englishman I think hurling is a cracking game. I would love it to get (further) exposure here and not just with the Irish ex-pat community.

    If Ireland similarly can acheive test cricket status at least we wouldn’t have to travel half way accross the globe to watch ourselves get beat. Love to have another European country at test level.

  • Mick Fealty

    Ireland 89/7 (16.2/20 ov), close, but not looking like close enough…

  • Pete Baker

    99 for 9 off 19 overs.

    Need a huge final over.

  • Mick Fealty

    Ireland require another 14 runs with 1 wicket and 4 balls remaining…

  • dosser

    Ireland are struggling against the bowling of the ‘demon’ Owais Shah, which just about adequately sums up England’s level of commitment to the match and Ireland’s standard of batting.

  • Pete Baker

    113 for 9 from the 20 overs.

    Close.

    But not close enough.

    Should have won that one.

  • Sam Thompson

    Good game, extortionate ticket price.

    I fear that the only thing preventing Test status to Ireland is the lack of quality grounds, as well as the high number of games either washed out or severely rain affected. Though if Zimbabwe remain a Test nation, that argument is weak

  • Mick Fealty

    There’s a bit of a difference between Test and ODIs Sam… I’d like to see us beat a few more English county sides first…