ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, 6th Match: Ireland v Bermuda at Belfast, Aug 3, 2008
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier - 6th match, Group A
Ireland won by 4 runs (D/L method)
3 August 2008 (20-over match)

4.25 pm Ireland have won the toss and will bat against Bermuda, we get underway in about five minutes. Fast and furious stuff this twenty20... 4.28 pm Both teams are unchanged sides from their opening matches- Bermuda will be hoping for a much improved performance A change at the top of the order for Ireland, O'Brien replaces Wilson


O'Brien to Porterfield, 1 run, short ball, played to fine-leg by Porterfield on the back foot


O'Brien to NJ O'Brien, 1 wide, short again, this time the ball is down the leg-side


O'Brien to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, full and straight, O'Brien clips the ball through square-leg for one run


O'Brien to Porterfield, no run


O'Brien to Porterfield, no run, clipped off his toes to square-leg but he finds the fielder


O'Brien to Porterfield, no run, pushed to point on the back foot


O'Brien to Porterfield, no run, goes for a big drive outside the off-stump but the ball is past the edge

End of over 1 (3 runs) Ireland 3/0

    • WTS Porterfield 1 (5b)
    • NJ O'Brien 1 (1b)
    • GH O'Brien 1-0-3-0

Kelly to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, short and pulled through square-leg for the first boundary of the match


Kelly to NJ O'Brien, no run, beats the edge this time, nipping the ball away from O'Brien to beat the edge


Kelly to NJ O'Brien, OUT, stunning catch by Pitcher at mid-off, O'Brien drove down the ground and the ball looked to be clearing Pitcher, he dove to his left to take a fantastic one-handed catch

NJ O'Brien c Pitcher b Kelly 5 (7m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00


Kelly to KJ O'Brien, no run


Kelly to KJ O'Brien, no run, driven into the covers on the front foot


Kelly to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, played into the covers for a sharp single

End of over 2 (5 runs) Ireland 8/1

    • KJ O'Brien 1 (3b)
    • WTS Porterfield 1 (5b)
    • SKW Kelly 1-0-5-1

O'Brien to KJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, hits the pad, O'Brien had an appea for lbw but nobody else went up


O'Brien to Porterfield, no run, driven into the point region by Porterfield but he finds the fielder


O'Brien to Porterfield, no run


O'Brien to Porterfield, no run, short ball which Porterfield tried to pull through square-leg, he doesn't connect and the ball is through to Romaine


O'Brien to Porterfield, 3 runs, too straight and Porterfield picks him off through midwicket, very quick running brings three runs


O'Brien to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, short and down the leg-side, O'Brien helps it on it's way to the fine-leg boundary

End of over 3 (8 runs) Ireland 16/1

    • KJ O'Brien 5 (5b 1x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 4 (9b)
    • GH O'Brien 2-0-10-0

Kelly to Porterfield, OUT, gone leg-before! It looked very straight as Porterfield tried to turn a full ball into the leg-side, poor shot from the Irish skipper

WTS Porterfield lbw b Kelly 4 (15m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00


Kelly to Botha, no run, driven to midwicket on the front foot


Kelly to Botha, 1 run, short of a length and Botha cuts to third man to get off the mark


Kelly to KJ O'Brien, no run, down the pitch looking to hit over the top, the ball goes between bat and pad and through to the keeper


Kelly to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, that's a better shot, driven powerfully over mid-off for four, not too much wrong with the ball but very nicely timed


Kelly to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, driven in the air and just out of the reach of Kelly as he follows through, they pick up a single and O'Brien will keep the strike

End of over 4 (6 runs) Ireland 22/2

    • KJ O'Brien 10 (8b 2x4)
    • AC Botha 1 (2b)
    • SKW Kelly 2-0-11-2

O'Brien to KJ O'Brien, OUT, ugly shot from O'Brin trying to hit a ball which hit the off-stump over the leg-side

KJ O'Brien b O'Brien 6 (13m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66


O'Brien to Wilson, no run


O'Brien to Wilson, no run, short and at the body of Wilson, he sways and just manages to evade the ball


O'Brien to Wilson, 1 run, short again, Wilson cuts to third man


O'Brien to Botha, OUT, another wicket and it's the in-form Botha gone this time, getting an inside edge onto his stumps as he looked to guide the ball to third man

AC Botha b O'Brien 1 (8m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33


O'Brien to White, 1 run, very full and driven to mid-on, they take a quick single

End of over 5 (2 runs) Ireland 24/4

    • AR White 1 (1b)
    • GC Wilson 1 (3b)
    • GH O'Brien 3-0-12-2

Kelly to White, no run, inside edge onto the pads and there's no run as the ball drops into midwicket


Kelly to White, FOUR, very defty played flich wide of the fielder at short fine-leg brings a boundary for White- a similar shot which clinched the win for Ireland against Scotland yesterday


Kelly to White, no run


Kelly to White, no run, cutting back and hitting White, he looks in pain there- the ball hitting him in nether regions! I'm sure he has the sympathy of every man- that looked a really sore one, on comes the Ireland physio...

AR White retired hurt 5 (5b 1x4 0x6) He not going to able to continue, it looked really sore and Cusack enters the fray


Kelly to Cusack, 1 wide, well down the leg-side


Kelly to Cusack, 2 runs, short and wide, Cusack cuts through point for two runs


Kelly to Cusack, no run, played to point on the back foot

Ireland are in big trouble here, Bermuda well on top at the minute

End of over 6 (7 runs) Ireland 31/4

    • AR Cusack 2 (2b)
    • GC Wilson 1 (3b)
    • SKW Kelly 3-0-18-2

O'Brien to Wilson, no run, outside the off-stump and Wilson leaves


O'Brien to Wilson, 1 run, short and Wilson goes for the pull shot, it lobs over the wicket keeper as the ball hits the gloves


O'Brien to Cusack, no run, good bounce again outside the off-stump, Cusack plays to point


O'Brien to Cusack, 1 run, nicely played pull through square-leg for one run


O'Brien to Wilson, 1 wide, down the leg-side


O'Brien to Wilson, no run, full toss driven to midwicket, he throws to the non-strikers end and would have run out Cusack


O'Brien to Wilson, 2 runs, pulled through square-leg for two runs, very well ran- if a tad risky by Wilson

End of over 7 (5 runs) Ireland 36/4

    • GC Wilson 4 (7b)
    • AR Cusack 3 (4b)
    • GH O'Brien 4-0-17-2

Leverock to Cusack, 1 run, very sharp single as Cusack tucks a short ball to fine-leg for a single


Leverock to Wilson, 2 runs, played wide of fine-leg this time, very good running brings two runs


Leverock to Wilson, 1 run, pushed into the covers, ell placed with of the fielder and they get a run


Leverock to Cusack, no run


Leverock to Cusack, 1 run, full ball clipped through midwicket for one run


Leverock to Wilson, no run, driven into the covers but there's no run

It's very dark now in Belfast and it's starting to rain heavily, the Umpires waste no time in calling the players off and the ground staff are in action. The sky looks pretty bright in the distance- this should be a temporary delay Match State: Delay - Rain Stopped Play

5.25 pm Well it turns my early optimism was unfounded- it is absolutely lashing in Belfast, the covers are on and Stormont usually dries pretty quickly so we should get some more cricket- but we will have a lengthy delay. I'll keep you updated...

5.50 pm Happily the rain has stopped and it is much brighter overhead, I won't risk guessing a start time as the rain has fallen steadily for the past twenty minutes so I would imagine that the ground staff will have quite a lot of work before we get back on. When I hear anything official I'll let you know

6.05 pm There will be an inspection at 6.30pm, I would imagine with a view to starting at around 6.45pm. It looks although it may rain again though which would help Ireland- Duckworth/Lewis will do them no favours in their situation.

6.40 pm Strangely still no news from the middle, there was a rumour that we may have had a 12 over match starting at 7.00pm but the rain, which has returned- albeit briefly looks to have scuppered that possibility. Official news when we get it

7.00 pm A decision has been made and it won't suit Ireland who now face the prospect of elimination- the match will start at 7.15 and will be nine overs per side. Join us in ten minutes for the resumption- it's sure to be tense...

End of over 8 (5 runs) Ireland 41/4

    • GC Wilson 7 (10b)
    • AR Cusack 5 (7b)
    • RDM Leverock 1-0-5-0

Romaine to Cusack, OUT, and he's gone straight after the break, it was short but Cusack top-edged the pull shot and the ball balooned to third man

AR Cusack c Pitcher b Romaine 5 (17m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42


Romaine to Wilson, OUT, another one gone - this is terrible for Ireland! Down the wicket but the ball spins past the edge and Edness whips off the bails

GC Wilson st †Edness b Romaine 7 (22m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 58.33


Romaine to Strydom, no run, another attempted pull shot and he can't connect


Romaine to Strydom, 1 run, driven wide of midwicket and they get a single


Romaine to Johnston, 1 leg bye, flatter and quicker, the ball hits the pad and they get a leg-bye


Romaine to Strydom, OUT, anohher one goes! Driven into the covers, they went for a risky run and Strydon was just short of his ground at the non-strikers end

R Strydom run out 1 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Connell to Foggo

End of over 9 (2 runs) Ireland 43/6

    • DT Johnston 0 (1b)
    • IH Romaine 1-0-1-2





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