Ireland v Sri Lanka, Tri-Nation Tournament, Edinburgh July 11, 2011

Rain thwarts series opener

Ger Siggins in Edinburgh

Ireland v Sri Lanka - match abandoned without a ball bowled

The Scottish monsoon season put paid to Sri Lanka's ODI against Ireland on Monday. With the sun beating down mid-afternoon, the small crowd were hopeful of seeing some play, but the damage had already been done.

"There was a huge amount of rain here from the middle of last week," Ireland captain William Porterfield said. "When it rained again this morning I think that finished it off. The sun eventually came out but it was far too late for any chance of play."

It was hugely disappointing for the Irish team, who were keen to mix it with one of the leading sides in the world. "It would have been great to play them here, as conditions are very similar to Ireland," Porterfield said. "It's almost home advantage against an Asian team"

With the weather taking a turn for the better, Porterfield was confident that the rest of the tri-series tournament would be completed.

"We're playing Scotland tomorrow and that's always a big match for the guys. They've been playing well in the CB40 and had two good wins over Holland last week. They've a young side and they're going in the right direction."

Ireland will have to play without Niall O'Brien, who returned to his county last night, Porterfield explained. "Gary Wilson has kept in the recent games and is a good keeper. Andrew Poynter will come in and he deserves his chance. He's got good scores for us in vital games before and he works very hard at his game."

Ireland play Scotland on Tuesday, while the hosts face Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

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  • avindra on July 12, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    @Andrew Small- what are you saying??? SL wanted to skip this match?? i believe SL supports all associate-nation cricket, cz SL started as one themselves! so i find it hard to believe whatever you are saying. that match would have been a great opportunity for our youngsters as well as Irish boys to prove themselves. Irish cric board should have negotiated for more than one match or atleast they couldv converted the ODI into t20! goodluck for the future irish cricket!

  • Johnathon on July 12, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    I really think Ireland deserves to become an ODI squad, but are not yet at the realm for Test Status. In the WC, Ireland came to completely different subcontinent and with barely ANY experience of the pitches, put on a respectable show (lot more respectable than England). They definetely have what it takes to become an ODI side. The Netherlands, on the other hand, have an unbelievable batting side, but lack in bowling. If they develop their bowling, we will have the Dutch and the Irish in cricket. If such a thing happens, France/Germany/Italy may also hone their cricket skills and if they get into cricket, USA will soon follow. If USA ever starts cricket, Russia and China will soon follow and I feel that Cricket will overcome Soccer. Sooo ICC lets start developing programs for these countries

  • Andrew on July 11, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    Very dissapointing for fans of Associate nations. Pity there isn't a reserve day!

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    I was at the match and by the pitch inspection at 2:30pm the outfield had dried out. Between 10:00-12:30 there was cloud and occasional drizzle but from 12:30 to the pitch inspection at 2:30 it was warm sunshine and blue sky. There were only two damp patches on the extreme edges of the square but with the sunshine which then blessed us here in Edinburgh for the rest of the day it would have dried out. It was an absolute disgrace.

    The extremely strong rumour around the ground it was said that heavy pressure had been placed on the umpires by the Sri Lankans, who, it must be said, where incredibly hasty in leaving the ground. There heart was not in the match at all. They did not want to be there.

  • Nilantha on July 11, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    @jonathonjosephs- isnt that 12 months a year it rains here LOL !!!

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Damn you weather!!! Play ball, let Ireland play! Poor Irish boys :(

  • Johnathon on July 11, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    This is pathetic. England shouldn't have tours when it is raining and the tour should have been cancelled just like the WI-SL series before monsoon season was postponed. The poor Irish.... They have such good players and honestly deserve at LEAST odi status (they did beat England and showed they have a good team). Hopefully the Indians don't have this problem

  • Dilsanda on July 11, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    This really is disappointing for players like Ajantha & Thisara who didn't play against England. Hopefully, Scotland game can be played so that those 2 and youngsters like Dimuth, along with Chandimal,Angelo & Jeewan would get another chance to shoe their talents.

  • Pelham on July 11, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    what a shattering hammerblow for Ireland - they get so few chances to play the big sides and then to be denied the opportunity by the weather.......

    Why don't they play Sri Lanka instead tomorrow? They can arrange a fixture with Scotland anytime....but both sides want the opportunity to match themselves against the full member while they are conveniently here.

    They should have arranged back up days anyway when arranging cricket matches in Scotland - where it tends to rain most of the time!

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