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Ireland vs Windies - Only ODI (rain - called off)

Narper 2017-09-12 22:51:23 

Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast

Windies (From): Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope(w), Marlon Samuels, Jason Mohammed, Jason Holder(c), Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Kesrick Williams, Sunil Ambris, Miguel Cummins, Jerome Taylor

Ireland (From): Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, William Porterfield(c), Andrew Balbirnie, John Anderson, Niall O'Brien, Kevin O'Brien, Gary Wilson(w), Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Peter Chase, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin

Narper 2017-09-12 22:51:43 

What to expect:
Gloomy skies and thundering rains are predicted to make appearance during the course of play.

At best, it could be a reduced game with team batting second having customary advantages.


Narper 2017-09-12 22:53:06 

"Hopefully, things can get better. Hopefully I can play a few more games. I definitely want to play the 2019 World Cup. Things are beginning to open up a little more now between players and the board. It's looking good, and we've to try and build from this to get the best players out on the field" - Chris Gayle.

Narper 2017-09-12 22:55:28 

Although they cannot think of losing the lone ODI against Ireland, they need to win the series 4-1 against England if they want a hassle-free entry into the 2019 World Cup in England.

The Windies are currently 9th in the ICC ODI rankings and trail Sri Lanka - 8th in the list - by eight points. The gap might seem small, but the Caribbean side know that winning games is the only way forward. And to do just that, they have recalled some of the biggest names in their limited-overs set-up; Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Jerome Taylor.

analyst-kid 2017-09-13 04:29:13 

Gayle and Samuels are a vital addition to a batting side depending heavily on the young Shai Hope who is the only WI batsman avg over 40 in ODIs. Those two also take away the responsiblity and gives Lewis and Mohammed more freedom to relax along with Hope

But I wonder about Taylor and the bowlers. Roach is the form bowler in Eng and he has to go home because of the timing of the selections....Keswick Williams,Cummins and Joseph are all at the start of their ODI careers and now feeling their way.

mikesiva 2017-09-13 04:42:35 

In reply to Narper

9.40 am: and wouldn't you know it, as soon as I type it the news comes out that there is going to be a delayed start this morning. The outfield is very soft out there and so the Umpires are going to look again at 10:30am.

Narper 2017-09-13 05:17:11 

Toss delayed due to wet outfield

mikesiva 2017-09-13 05:20:48 

In reply to Narper

10:15am: Well we are still 15 minutes away from that pitch inspection. The West Indies players have wandered out into the middle, must be feeling the cold a little as they are all wrapped up, bobble hats on and looking at the wicket. Think that someone should go out and tell them it wasn't much warmer in July or August either.

Superfly 2017-09-13 05:25:04 

I expected this so didn't travel up to Stormont. I'm in Dublin where it is bright and sunny but the temperature is 12 and with the stiff breeze it feels much colder. Didn't fancy sitting outside watching cricket even though I'm used to the weather.

mikesiva 2017-09-13 05:43:08 

"There are a lot of Kids in the ground today, so the Windies players are taking the opportunity to go over and sign a few autographs."

This is good to see...the West Indians who came over in 2003 were very surly when asked for autographs in a warm-up match I attended at Shenley.

Narper 2017-09-13 05:50:26 

10:40 Local Time, 09:40 GMT, 15:10 IST: All four umpires are out in the middle for inspection. The Universe Boss is keeping himself busy by signing autographs and posing for selfies. The latest information from the ground is that there will be another inspection at 11.30 local. The wait continues.

mikesiva 2017-09-13 06:58:50 

In reply to Narper and Superfly

"It looks like there are just a few areas of the ground that just don't seem to want to dry. It bright sunshine all around the ground. Its the muddy parts of the outfield, the bowlers ends, bowlers landing areas. There will be another inspection at 12:30pm. Lets hope for a miracle"

"12.40 pm: Well we have some news now, officially there hasn't been much improvement so the Umpires are going to have another inspection at 1:30pm. Lunch has been brought forward to 1pm. Let's hope that it's something hot, because it's still very chilly out here today"

Drapsey 2017-09-13 07:48:35 

And we keep beating up on regional ground staff when we encounter the occasional wet outfield.

Now look what's happening in Ireland, with it's once impeccable history of ground preparation no less.

Narper 2017-09-13 08:12:09 

13:10 Local Time, 12:10 GMT, 17:40 IST: Bad news! It has started to rain.

Star 2017-09-13 08:21:02 

In reply to mikesiva
Don't they use those industrial blowers anymore?

Narper 2017-09-13 08:36:42 

The covers are on. Chances of any play looks bleak. It is pouring down heavily now!

Narper 2017-09-13 08:41:53 

The one-off ODI match between Ireland and Windies has been called off.

Tryangle 2017-09-13 08:58:36 

In reply to Narper

That sucks all around, really.

Drapsey 2017-09-13 09:19:11 

Facting Cameron.

How could he schedule WI playing time in the British Isles during September?


evil evil evil

CricketLuva4 2017-09-13 09:36:56 

In reply to Narper

I can't remember a match in Ireland that wasn't affected by rain.

sgtdjones 2017-09-13 11:17:20 

Weather doh look good, a wash out in the cards or D/L?
reply edit

link tc112/09/17 13:01:32
In reply to sgtdjones

who r u -- Tex Antoine

I posted the above yesterday

tc1 2017-09-13 11:28:21 

In reply to sgtdjones

Tex Antoine was a famous weatherman ch 7 back when

sgtdjones 2017-09-13 11:33:04 

In reply to tc1

I am not dat famoss yet

lol lol lol lol

Tryangle 2017-09-13 13:36:47 

Seems like Cricket Ireland botched this up by lack of adequate covers in the first place. Or better drainage systems.

Just read Tim Wigmore's report on Cricinfo.

This no-result harms Ireland far worse than Windies. Not even close.

sgtdjones 2017-09-13 16:11:20 

In reply to Narper

With todays wash out in Ireland

CWI must play in the qualifying tourney for the 2019 WC