Quadrangular Series (Ireland), 5th Match: Ireland v West Indies at Dublin, Jul 14, 2007
14 July 2007 (50-over match)

11.35am Play will start at 12.20pm. However, as I type, the rain is now falling - albeit just spitting at the moment...but it could well be one of those days. Hang in there.

Inspection due at 11.00am local time (10.00am) Hello chaps. The inspection's been and gone, and we're due for another any minute now. In fact, as I type, the umpires have just walked past me and onto the outfield. Annoyingly, the sun's now retreated behind the clouds - damn those clouds - but hopefully we'll be under way shortly. It's Will here. Chris is here, too; amazingly, he managed to find the place on time, which is a miracle for all involved. More news when we get it. Boil that kettle.

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10:20 local time Chris here, the word around the ground is that we may have a slight delay due to a problem with the bowler's run-ups. Still pretty bright overhead and there's going to be an inspection at 10.20am. Ireland have made one change from the side that scraped home against The Netherlands, William Porterfield is fit again and takes the place of Kenny Carroll at the top of the innings. No news yet on the West Indies team, we'll bring you news as we get it.

9.50am The players are all warming up on the outfield. Ireland are doing a lot of jogging, star jumps and so on, while West Indies are practicing their throw-downs. In fact, they've been practicing them for about 30 minutes now, and seem to be hitting the stumps quite regularly. Chris, however, is still battling with the Dublin traffic. I'm off to find a cup of tea and to speak to some fans. Back shortly.

Good morning and welcome to the picturesque Clontarf in Dublin for West Indies final game of this Quadrangular series against Ireland. It's all set up to be a cracker - and, hopefully, the weather will hold. It's breezy, cool, cloudy but interspersed with some sunshine and, in my humble opinion, we ought to be starting on time. We will, I'm sure, have some interruptions later however.

I'm Will Luke, just providing an update for you while we wait for Chris Busby to make his way to the ground. More news soon.

0.1

Powell to Porterfield, no run, full ball outside off, left alone on the front foot

It's starting to rain here I'm afraid

0.2

Powell to Porterfield, no run, a little straighter and it hits him on the pad, appeal for lbw but it looked high

0.3

Powell to Porterfield, no run, full ball on off stump, pushed to mid off

0.4

Powell to Porterfield, FOUR, glorious drive to get off the mark. It was a half volley placed to the right of mid-on and it races to the boundary

0.5

Powell to Porterfield, no run, full ball driven firmly again, this time he finds mid off

0.6

Powell to Porterfield, no run, beaten on the front foot, it may have jut left him a touch

it's really pelting it down now, it's hard to imagine they'll stand for very long in this

End of over 1 (4 runs) Ireland 4/0

    • WTS Porterfield 4 (6b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 0 (0b)
    • DBL Powell 1-0-4-0
1.1

Rampaul to Morgan, 1 wide, too wide of off stump first up

1.1

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, just short of a length and on off stump, Morgan drives on the up but finds cover

2.40pm. Ok finally we have some news, we are going to start in fifteen minutes at 2.55pm (1.55pm GMT), so the overs will obviously be reduced, but no concrete details yet, I'll let you know as I get them, match reduced to 33 overs a side

1.50pm I don't know what happened to the 1.30 inspection. In spite of it being dry, there will be yet another inspection at 2pm. Not quite sure why these things take so long in cricket. A stiff breeze is also drying the ground nicely, but the groundsman and umpires must still not be satisfied with the run-ups. Who knows? I'll try and chase someone down...

1pm The players are taking lunch and there'll be an inspection at 1.30pm. That's if it doesn't rain again.

As predicted they are coming off, it's raining very very hard now as the covers are rushed on. Hopefully it will blow over quickly, as always we'll keep you updated...

1.2

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, on the money after the restart, defended on the front foot

1.3

Rampaul to Morgan, no run

1.4

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, fuller ball, just wide of off stump, Morgan drives straight to Sammy in the covers

1.5

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, on a length outside off, Morgan defends on the front foot

1.6

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, cracking delivery from Edwards, it was on a good length, cutting back in and straight through Morgan

End of over 2 (1 run) Ireland 5/0

    • EJG Morgan 0 (6b)
    • WTS Porterfield 4 (6b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 1-0-1-0
2.1

Powell to Porterfield, 1 wide, poor ball, well wide of off stump

2.1

Powell to Porterfield, no run, played and mised, pushing forward to a full ball that just left him off the pitch

2.2

Powell to Porterfield, no run, a little shorter this time, Morgan defends comfortably on the back foot

2.3

Powell to Porterfield, no run, he missed out there, it was a half-volley which he drove straight to extra cover

2.4

Powell to Porterfield, OUT, h''s gone, it was on a good legth seaming away, Porterfield followed it and got a thin knick through to Ramdin

WTS Porterfield c †Ramdin b Powell 4 (12m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

2.5

Powell to Botha, no run, just short of a length, Botha leaves on the back foot

2.6

Powell to Botha, OUT, another one goes, it was just a little shorter, Botha attempted to defend on the back foot but could only get an inside edge onto his stumps. Terrible start here for Ireland

AC Botha b Powell 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 3 (1 run) Ireland 6/2

    • EJG Morgan 0 (6b)
    • DBL Powell 2-0-5-2
3.1

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, full ball ouside off, left on the front foot

3.2

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, on a length cutting back in, it hits Morgan on te pad and dribbles to slip

3.3

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, flicked off the front foot but straight to mid-wicket

3.4

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, good ball, defended on the front foot and again into midwicket

3.5

Rampaul to Morgan, FOUR, very lucky to get away with that, Morgan goes for a lavish drive outside off, he edges through a vacant third slip and down to the third man boundary

3.6

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, defended on the back foot, just on a length around off stump

End of over 4 (4 runs) Ireland 10/2

    • EJG Morgan 4 (12b 1x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 0 (0b)
    • R Rampaul 2-0-5-0
4.1

Powell to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, another edge, this time it was an inside edge that beats Ramdin for another boundary

4.2

Powell to NJ O'Brien, no run

4.3

Powell to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, short delivery, dropped on the off side and they complete a quick single, good running

4.4

Powell to Morgan, no run, just short of a length, prodded to point off the front foot

4.5

Powell to Morgan, 1 run, nice shot, worked off his pads into mid-wicket

Powell is putting down some saw dust on the bowling crease, its tough conditions out there

4.6

Powell to NJ O'Brien, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 5 (6 runs) Ireland 16/2

    • NJ O'Brien 5 (4b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 5 (14b 1x4)
    • DBL Powell 3-0-11-2
5.1

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, good delivery on a length defended on the front foot

5.2

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, yet another play and miss, squared him up on the back foot. It may have moved away a touch

5.3

Rampaul to Morgan, FOUR, fabulous shot, cracked off the back foot through mid-wicket. A shot of real authority from the Middlesex man

5.4

Rampaul to Morgan, no run

5.5

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, past the outside edge again, he didn't really move his feet there to a ball that left him off the pitch

5.6

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, that's better, big stride in there to a probing delivery on off stump

Just two slips for the West Indies, a little suprising given the conditions

End of over 6 (4 runs) Ireland 20/2

    • EJG Morgan 9 (20b 2x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 5 (4b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 3-0-9-0
6.1

Powell to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, dropped at his feet, very sharp single but well ran

6.2

Powell to Morgan, no run, that was a quick delivery, it was outside off though and goes through harmlessly through to Ramdin

6.3

Powell to Morgan, no run, full and on off, defended to cover on the front foot

6.4

Powell to Morgan, no run, driven back down the ground, half-stopped by Powell in his follow through and the ball dribbles to mid-on

6.5

Powell to Morgan, no run, a little straighter, worked off his hip but he finds aquare leg

6.6

Powell to Morgan, no run, similar line but a little fuller, Morgan pushes to mid-on

End of over 7 (1 run) Ireland 21/2

    • EJG Morgan 9 (25b 2x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 6 (5b 1x4)
    • DBL Powell 4-0-12-2
7.1

Rampaul to NJ O'Brien, no run, short of a length, defended on the back foot

7.2

Rampaul to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, sort ball on leg stump, pulled down to fine-leg along the deck

7.3

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, full ball, Morgan gets a thick inside edge to square-leg

7.4

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, full ball, Morgan attempts a big drive but it flies past his outside edge

7.5

Rampaul to Morgan, 1 no ball, Edwards oversteps

7.5

Rampaul to Morgan, 1 run, turned off the front foot behind square on the leg-side, good running

7.6

Rampaul to NJ O'Brien, no run

End of over 8 (3 runs) Ireland 24/2

    • NJ O'Brien 7 (8b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 10 (29b 2x4)
    • R Rampaul 4-0-12-0
8.1

Powell to Morgan, no run, that's a beuty from Powell, on a length and moving away from Morgan who yet again is beaten on the front foot

8.2

Powell to Morgan, no run, left alone outside off

8.3

Powell to Morgan, FOUR, fabulous shot, it was just a little short but Morgan was onto it in a flash to cut through point

8.4

Powell to Morgan, no run, better delivery, straight and full, defended to square leg

8.5

Powell to Morgan, no run, miscuded pull, it probably wasn't short enough. He's not hanging about here

8.6

Powell to Morgan, no run, defended on the front foot

End of over 9 (4 runs) Ireland 28/2

    • EJG Morgan 14 (35b 3x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 7 (8b 1x4)
    • DBL Powell 5-0-16-2
9.1

Rampaul to NJ O'Brien, OUT, that was an ugly shot, he tried to come down the pitch but Rampaul saw him coming and bowled it short, O'Brien played on as he tried a big cut

NJ O'Brien b Rampaul 7 (26m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

9.2

Rampaul to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, quick single to get off the mark, pushed just wide of cover, had Simmons hit it may have been tight

9.3

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, short ball, defended on the back foot and the ball rolls to point

9.4

Rampaul to Morgan, 5 runs, ridiculous piece of fielding there, short ball droped at his feet, Sammy fielded and lauched a wild throw wide of the stumps and to the boundary

9.5

Rampaul to KJ O'Brien, no run, good ball, just short of a length and forcing O'Brien back

9.6

Rampaul to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, sharp single, pushed on the front foot wide of cover, very good running

End of over 10 (7 runs) Ireland 35/3

    • KJ O'Brien 2 (3b)
    • EJG Morgan 19 (37b 3x4)
    • R Rampaul 5-0-19-1
10.1

Powell to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, nice bit of timing, flicked behind square leg to the boundary where a spectator fields inside the rope, but it matters not, four to O'Brien

10.2

Powell to KJ O'Brien, no run

10.3

Powell to KJ O'Brien, no run, defended on the back foot, well directed short ball

10.4

Powell to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, nicely pulled through square leg and wide of Simmons, he will be disappointed with his efforts at the stop

10.5

Powell to KJ O'Brien, no run, just short of a length, forcing O'Brien to defend on the back foot

10.6

Powell to KJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, that may have stayed a little low, but it came off his pad for a leg bye

End of over 11 (9 runs) Ireland 44/3

    • KJ O'Brien 10 (9b 2x4)
    • EJG Morgan 19 (37b 3x4)
    • DBL Powell 6-0-24-2
11.1

Rampaul to KJ O'Brien, SIX, that was a fantastic hook shot, short delivery hooked into the crowd

11.2

Rampaul to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, and this time he drives straight back past the bowler for another four, brilliant batting as Rampaul over compensated

Quick start from Ireland, if they keep wickets in hand they're in with a good chance here of a big score

11.3

Rampaul to KJ O'Brien, no run, full ball defended on the front foot

11.4

Rampaul to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, good cricket, the fielder had been set back at square leg so he plays into the gap

11.5

Rampaul to Morgan, 1 run, flicked down to fine leg

11.6

Rampaul to KJ O'Brien, no run, bid swoosh outside off, he tried to hit that many a mile but it wasn't quite full enough for the shot and he misses

End of over 12 (12 runs) Ireland 56/3

    • KJ O'Brien 21 (14b 3x4 1x6)
    • EJG Morgan 20 (38b 3x4)
    • R Rampaul 6-0-31-1
12.1

Powell to Morgan, no run, just short of a length, pushed off the back foot to mid-on

12.2

Powell to Morgan, no run, on a length, Morgan tries a drive but doesn't time it

12.3

Powell to Morgan, FOUR, that's an excellent bit of timing there, flicked through mid-wicket and races to the rope. The crowd are going wild here

12.4

Powell to Morgan, no run, defended on the back foot

12.5

Powell to Morgan, 1 wide, just down the leg side

12.5

Powell to Morgan, no run, turned into the leg-side but straight to square leg

12.6

Powell to Morgan, no run

Edwards into the attack now, I fancy O'Brien will have a go at him if he bowls short

End of over 13 (5 runs) Ireland 61/3

    • EJG Morgan 24 (44b 4x4)
    • KJ O'Brien 21 (14b 3x4 1x6)
    • DBL Powell 7-0-29-2
13.1

Edwards to KJ O'Brien, no run, good start, short of a length and flicked to mid wicket

13.2

Edwards to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, as predicted O'Brien goes after a short delivery, he pulls it over mid-wicket for his fifth boundary

13.3

Edwards to KJ O'Brien, no run

13.4

Edwards to KJ O'Brien, OUT, he tries another big shot but this time it doesn't come off and he's bowled, he was aiming a lofted drive over mid-off

KJ O'Brien b Edwards 25 (23m 18b 4x4 1x6) SR: 138.88

13.5

Edwards to Cusack, no run, defended nervously on the front foot, he seemed to be hurried there

13.6

Edwards to Cusack, no run, played much more confidently, again on the front foot

Good start from Edwards, that was big wicket Smith into the attack now

End of over 14 (4 runs) Ireland 65/4

    • AR Cusack 0 (2b)
    • EJG Morgan 24 (44b 4x4)
    • FH Edwards 1-0-4-1
14.1

DR Smith to Morgan, no run, good start full and on off

14.2

DR Smith to Morgan, 1 run, a little too straight, flicked to fine-leg

14.3

DR Smith to Cusack, no run, driven off the back foot to mid-on

14.4

DR Smith to Cusack, 1 run, full ball, he opens the face to guide it to third man to get off the mark

14.5

DR Smith to Morgan, no run, defened on the front foot, steady stuff from Smith

14.6

DR Smith to Morgan, SIX, another big shot and tha's the best of the lot, advancing down the pitch to hit Smith back over his head, dropped in the crowd though

End of over 15 (8 runs) Ireland 73/4

    • EJG Morgan 31 (48b 4x4 1x6)
    • AR Cusack 1 (4b)
    • DR Smith 1-0-8-0
15.1

Edwards to Cusack, 2 runs, cut out to deep point, fantastic running to come back for the second

15.2

Edwards to Cusack, no run

The skies are closing in here, fingers crossed we escape a shower

15.3

Edwards to Cusack, no run, full ball pushed wide of point, the consider a run but decide against it

15.4

Edwards to Cusack, no run, full ball again played to Sammy at point

15.5

Edwards to Cusack, no run, that was alittle quicker and caught Cusack on the crease, he gets bat on it, but only just

15.6

Edwards to Cusack, 2 runs, played off the back foot and punched through point, again very quick running to get the second

End of over 16 (4 runs) Ireland 77/4

    • AR Cusack 5 (10b)
    • EJG Morgan 31 (48b 4x4 1x6)
    • FH Edwards 2-0-8-1
16.1

DR Smith to Morgan, no run, short ball, cut to point who makes a brilliant save, almost a run out as Cusack wa stranded well down the pitch, but a wild throw means he's safe

16.2

DR Smith to Morgan, no run

16.3

DR Smith to Morgan, FOUR, too straight from Smith but's it's another great shot as he picked it up over fine leg, it bounced once before crossing the rope

16.4

DR Smith to Morgan, 1 run, full ball ran down to third man

16.5

DR Smith to Cusack, 1 run, quick single, pushed to Sammny at mid-on who appears a little deep

Ramdin up to the stumps now

16.6

DR Smith to Morgan, 1 run, nice shot off a full delivery, he opens the face to guide it down to third man

End of over 17 (7 runs) Ireland 84/4

    • EJG Morgan 37 (53b 5x4 1x6)
    • AR Cusack 6 (11b)
    • DR Smith 2-0-15-0
17.1

Edwards to Morgan, no run, good ball which squared Morgan up on the back foot, he misses

17.2

Edwards to Morgan, no run, defended on the back foot

4.50pm - match abandoned Well, it was as much as we expected after that torrential downpour. A great disappointment for all the crowd, who are currently squeezed into the bar next door in a bold attempt to dry out (perhaps that's the wrong expression to use). So, do join me, Will Luke, and Chris Busby for the final match of this series tomorrow at Belfast for Ireland against Scotland. Until then - good night, and keep dry.

4.40pm It is absolutely tearing down now. What a summer Britain and Ireland are having this year. It's raining so hard that I fear for the roof of our cosy press box, not to mention for the state of this match. You know what to do. Go find that kettle.

I'm sorry to report that it's raining here, it's very light at the minute. As I type, they are coming off as the rain gets much harder and the covers are whisked on in super quick time. We could be in for a lengthy delay

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