Ireland v Australia, ODI, Stormont June 23, 2012

Ireland offer ticket deal after Australia abandonment

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Ireland 36 for 3 (Stirling 24, Lee 2-10) v Australia match abandoned
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Ireland have offered free entry to their upcoming matches for those supporters who saw only 10.4 overs of their ODI with Australia in Belfast. Brett Lee took two wickets in his first three deliveries and a fantastic catch from Michael Clarke helped Australia further reduce Ireland to 36 for 3 before the rain returned to cause the abandonment of the one-off ODI.

Supporters will be able to gain free entry to one of Ireland's two World Cricket League matches against Afghanistan in Dublin on July 3 or 5, or for their T20 series against Bangladesh back in Belfast on July 18, 20 or 21.

There was little action against Australia but Lee, making his first appearance of the tour ahead of Australia's five-match ODI series against England, proved his form by knocking over the off stumps of both William Porterfield - for a golden duck - and Ed Joyce in a double-wicket maiden to start the match. Paul Stirling hit four fours in his 24 but fell in Pat Cummins' third over to check Ireland's mini-revival.

With little more than 10 overs bowled, the teams were forced off by a heavy downpour and, despite repeated inspections, the umpires finally called play off shortly before 4pm.

Australia's captain, Clarke, won the toss and sent Ireland in to bat after a 45-minute delay to the scheduled start. The ground had recovered well from heavy pre-match rain, allowing the match to get underway at 11.30am local time, without a reduction on the allotted 50 overs a side.

The tourists made four changes from the team that accounted for Leicestershire in their opening match of the tour, a minor muscle strain ruling out George Bailey and allowing Peter Forrest to come in. The pace attack was reshuffled entirely, Lee, Cummins and Ben Hilfenhaus for Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Clint McKay.

Ireland opened up with Stirling and Porterfield at the top of the order, the same combination that gave Australia a fright the last time these two sides met in 2010, while Tim Murtagh was handed an expected debut.

Ireland 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Will Porterfield (capt), 3 Ed Joyce, 4 Niall O'Brien (wk), 5 Gary Wilson, 6 Kevin O'Brien, 7 Alex Cusack, 8 John Mooney, 9 Trent Johnston, 10 George Dockrell, 11 Tim Murtagh.

Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Shane Watson, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 David Hussey, 6 Peter Forrest, 7 Steve Smith, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, 11 Xavier Doherty.

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  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Cricket Ireland have handled this with some deftness. I was extremely disappointed that the game was abandoned after 10.4 overs especially as the t&cs had stated quite clearly that if 9.5 overs were played there would be no refund. However the Irish team earned great credit by making themselves available all afternoon for photographs and autographs (I'm sorry to say the Australians were nowhere to be seen) and then to get home and find that I had the pick of tickets for one of two ODIs or three T20is deflected what could have been a lot of criticism. I still believe that reserve days need to built in as the next day was dry and a full match could have been played but I think Cricket Ireland and the team have done right by the supporters.

  • Anupam on June 25, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    only 2 or 3 international matches for IriSH team in a year and that is also hit by weather. why not reserve day & place like Ireland covered dome stadiums. whole excitement goes in fuber. ICC must recogonise IriSH, DUTCH & namibia.

  • Roo on June 25, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Not sure why the cricket ground just doesn't give back the money, they didn't deliver a match... A replacement game against another team is insulting to the paying public... People may have flown in or rearranged work schedules to see the match & any Oz supporters are not going to return for the other games...

  • david on June 25, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Patrick Cummins........remember the name England!

  • Nicholas on June 24, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Even Dernbach was clocked at 87mph today in the T20 against WI. Imagine what Broad, Anderson, Finn, Bresnan to name a few could bowl at if they wanted to. And the important thing here is IF THEY WANTED TO: accuracy and consistency is much more important than pace. I'd have Glen McGrath in my team ANYTIME over any of the current battery of pace-bowlers in the Australian sqauds at the moment.

  • Tim on June 24, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    @redwhitearmy and patch master: I looked at the stats and I presented them. Hilfy has a better average in tests and t20, Anderson has a better average in odi. Hilfy also has a test match fifty - he is a better batsman than anderson. How can nick knight call him a 'poor man's jimmy Anderson'? In what way is anderson a 'way better' bowler? Oh, he can swing it both ways? So can I but that doesn't mean I am a better bowler than hilfy! Watch him this series against England, the more you write him off the better it will be for him. He is a much improved bowler than the last ashes.

  • John on June 24, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (June 24 2012, 04:37 AM GMT), seriously? You're actually asking that question? You do know that Cook, Bell and Trott play for both the England Test and ODI teams, right? If I'm not mistaken, they would have played a game or two against bowlers not from England, am I right? In your rush to show how clever you are and insult England's players you have just embarrassed yourself completely. Then again, given the standard of most of your comments, maybe you are harder to embarrass than most.

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @Patchmaster: For a good laugh mate, why don't you tell us how many wickets Anderson contributed to the 2009 Ashes victory and at how many runs per wicket?

  • Sean on June 24, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @chicko1983 facts are that anderson can swing a ball both directions...hilfenhaus can not

    cmon mate, if you cant recognise the difference, then you know nothing!

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    @RandyOZ, i think your forgetting Stevey Finn

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