Ireland v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Clontarf May 8, 2014

SL take series after watery abandonment

Ger Siggins in Dublin

Sri Lanka will fly out of Dublin on Friday with the first series of their tour duly sewn-up. The RSA One-Day Challenge may not be the most prestigious of the trophies they have collected this year but Marvan Atapattu, the interim coach, will be glad to leave Ireland unscathed after the second game in the series was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

The skies that have brooded over the Irish capital for days drenched the ground overnight, and a damp patch on the pitch delayed the start. More rain fell throughout the morning and, although lunch was taken early, the prospects remained bleak. A thoroughly wet square and outfield forced the umpires to call things off at 2.15pm, the second time in three games the sides have been forced off without bowling a delivery.

Sri Lanka resume action at Chelmsford on Tuesday, ahead of T20, ODI and Test commitments against England, while Ireland's next game will come as part of a 50-over series at the end of July against a Sri Lanka A team that is sure to feature some of the younger members in action this week.

"It's disappointing that we didn't get any cricket in, but you're never in control of the weather," Ireland's captain, William Porterfield, said. "The umpires made the call when it was wet around the square even before the covers came off for the second time. It is just ironic that the sun has come out just after the game gets called off."

With no more ODIs scheduled until three against Scotland in September, when the county players will be unlikely to play, the summer season is pretty much over for Ireland before it began. "This is the last time we're together as a squad for a few months", Porterfield said, "so obviously we've got to look after our own individual games and meet up again in September, October. We're looking to get down to Australia and New Zealand over the winter at some point to help our preparations for the World Cup."

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  • udendra on May 9, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    One wonders why they even play cricket in these parts of the world. If the weather is like this, they better adopt the Sri Lankan method of covering the entire ground.

  • Sinhhalaya on May 8, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    During April and May Ireland had better stick to playing Gaelic sport, rugby union and soccer (i.e. authentic football) which can be played in all weather. Team SL must be very disappointed that the warm up tour before the real cricket, was a non-event. A game against a UK minor county or Combined Unis would have been better preparation. The panjandrums at SLC must be thrilled with their scheduling efforts that involve playing in the most inclement conditions in the Brit Isles. Beggar's choice, what? If ECB cannot give SL a slot in August or thereabouts, why bother playing there? Might as well prepare for the Pakistan and SAf tours and forget about filling the English coffers at a time no one else wants to play in damp, cold conditions.

  • Ranil on May 8, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    With a comprehensive win and a series in the bag, Marvan can now march onto England soil with more confidence. Ireland had so much hope before the series to pull off a win but came against a champion side for their bad luck. They can dream a win against some other full member next time around but for Sri Lanka they know their main task just began.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Youngsters missed an opportunity and the others missed a chance to get used to the conditions before the England tour. Too bad :(

    Hopefully the rain keeps away in England.

  • Android on May 8, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    beware England lions will......rock you

  • Yasitha on May 8, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    hopefully no more rain in england........

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