World Twenty20: “Just play on. Jesus, it’s only rain.”

At the Guardian’s sports blog Dara O’Briain reflects on the outcome of the most important sporting event of the week – the rain-affected World Twenty20 clash between Ireland and England. From the Guardian blog

Well, where do we begin? Generations of division; the Dark Burden of History; all this to be finally addressed with the use of willow and ball. Or it would have been, but there was some rain and according to the rules, that meant England went through. Now, I’m not saying that rules specifically state “in the case of rain, England go through”. I’m not a conspiracy theorist. Actually, I don’t know what the rules say. It’s something to do with run-rates and co-efficients and complex numerical calculations. I do know that Ireland got to play three overs before the match was halted, and when it was it halted, that was the end of their tournament.

To summarise then,

So, in summation, Ireland played England, who used a borrowed Irishman to bolster their score and then, when it came to our turn to play, wouldn’t join in, in case they got wet. And under their rules, we got knocked out.

Yeah, I think we’ll stick with the hurling.

Possibly, Dara…

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  • Philip

    Why do you have to take the Name of Jesus in vain in the title of this article ?

    “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” (Exodus 20:7)

  • lamhdearg

    philip. jesus was a man. god is god.pete the biggest sport story of the weekend was linfield winning the irish cup(as a leeds fan my biggest was leeds going up).

  • Pete Baker


    Jesus, it’s only a quote.

  • Philip

    Jesus was more than a man. He was and is God.

    I`m a Leeds fan too, great result.

  • Daithí

    I hate to break it to you, but Dara probably doesn’t care. Cricket is somewhere below basketball in terms of Irish (as opposed to Unionist) interest.

    That’s not a deliberate thing, its just that most Irish folks don’t know how its played. I remember the first time I saw cricket was when I was about 14, and went to London with my folks for the holidays, and I saw it on one of London’s local channels.

    After that, I saw little bits of it in my twenties, when my best friend, whose mother is english, got me interested.

    I kind of lost interest after a few years. The interest levels are probably about the same for unionists with GAA.

    As for the God nutter. I don’t want to offend you, but do you realise how scary you bible thumpers can be to real people?