ICC World Cup - 5th match, Group D

Ireland v Zimbabwe

Match tied

9.25am Michael Holding says there's quite a covering of grass on the surface so expect some early movement with the new ball. But the surface looks hard. Prosper Utseya says he hopes to take advantage of bowling first while Trent Johnston, Ireland's captain, admits he would have bowled but is just looking forward to the contest.

Just a few moments away from the start now, there's a huge crowd in - if you class huge as not many.

And here we go, Porterfield to take the first ball from Chris Mpofu...well he will in a moment when the clock ticks around. Can't start till exactly 9.30am you see

9.15am Hello everyone, I am indeed enjoying my day out from the zoo. Here's the Zimbabwe side: 1 Terry Duffin, 2 Vusi Sibanda, 3 Chamu Chibhabha, 4 Sean Williams, 5 Stuart Matsikenyeri, 6 Brendan Taylor (wk), 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Prosper Utseya (capt), 9 Gary Brent, 10 Ed Rainsford, 11 Chris Mpofu

And here's the XI that will carry the hopes of the Irish: 1 Jeremy Bray, 2 William Porterfield, 3 Eoin Morgan, 4 Niall O'Brien (wk), 5 Andre Botha, 6 Kevin O'Brien, 7 Kyle McCallan, 8 Andrew White, 9 Trent Johnson (capt), 10 Boyd Rankin, 11 Dave Langford-Smith

They will rely on the county experience of Eoin Morgon, a hugely talented batsman, and Niall O'Brien who is a wicketkeeper with Northamptonshire. We are all set for a close match, play is due to start in 10 minutes at 9.30am (14.30GMT) so stay with us

9.00am Zimbabwe have won the toss and have opted to bowl. Team news to follow.

Your commentators for this match will be Will Luke and, on a rare day out from the zoo, Andrew McGlashan. We hope to have some expert views from our man in Harare, Steven Price, during the game.

8.10am Welcome to our coverage of the Group D match between Ireland and Zimbabwe from Jamaica's Sabina Park. This could provide the tournament's first upset as the Irish, one of the leading Associates, take on an inexperienced Zimbabwe side decimated by defections and with one eye on the mounting political chaos back at home.

Ireland had a disappointing World Cricket League tournament in Nairobi but the results disguised the fact that they batted very well and were only let down by their bowlers.

Zimbabwe haven't beaten a front-line side since 2003 and are there for the taking. They have shown signs of some team spirit in recent weeks and they will need to rely on that to get them over this first hurdle.

The match starts at 9.30am (1430GMT) and we will be back with you for the toss at about 9.00am.

0.1

Mpofu to Porterfield, no run, starts on middle stump and Porterfield plays down to mid on with a straight bat

0.1

Mpofu to Porterfield, no run, full and straight, timed to mid-on

0.2

Mpofu to Porterfield, no run, outside off, hint of swing but goes easily through to Taylor

0.3

Mpofu to Porterfield, no run, fuller this time and crisply driven but straight to the man at mid off

0.4

Mpofu to Porterfield, no run, again full, Mpofu searching for the swing and Porterfield comes onto the front foot and plays down the pitch

0.5

Mpofu to Porterfield, no run, back of a length and played from the crease out into the on side

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0.6

Mpofu to Porterfield, OUT, gone! short of a length, bounces outside off stump and Porterfield pushes at it and gets the edge...it flies to Taylor who should have pouched it easily but muffs the chance, but to the relief of Zimbabwe Vusi Sibanda dives behind the keeper from second slip and takes the rebound

It was an impressive opening over from Mpofu and he was rewarded with that final delivery

WTS Porterfield c Sibanda b Mpofu 0 (4m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Ireland 0/1 (RR: 0.00)
     CB Mpofu    1-1-0-1
JP Bray    0* (0b)     

It's Ed Rainsford to share the new ball

1.1

Rainsford to Bray, no run, hint of swing first up, half an appeal but going over the top but plenty of encouragement with the new ball

1.2

Rainsford to Bray, 2 runs, and the first runs come for Ireland as Bray comes forward and pushes through point with nice timing

1.3

Rainsford to Bray, no run, played into the covers, testing time for the openers

1.4

Rainsford to Bray, no run, slightly fuller and Bray comes forward with bat and pad together

1.5

Rainsford to Bray, 1 run, movement for Rainsford and the ball takes the thick inside edge and goes down to fine leg

The highly rated Morgan to face his first ball

1.6

Rainsford to Morgan, no run, survives it easily enough, but a decent start for Rainsford

End of over 2 (3 runs) Ireland 3/1 (RR: 1.50)
EJG Morgan    0* (1b)      EC Rainsford    1-0-3-0
JP Bray    3* (5b)      CB Mpofu    1-1-0-1

2.1

Mpofu to Bray, no run, Bray has nothing to do with this one as he raises the bat high

2.2

Mpofu to Bray, no run, Mpofu probing away outside off stump, Bray again watches it go through to Taylor

Mpofu was one of the Zimbabwe players told to shave off his dreadlocks before this World Cup so it's a new hair style for him

2.3

Mpofu to Bray, no run, slightly wide, another easy leave but some bounce on offer

2.4

Mpofu to Bray, no run, fourth leave of the over, but the more dot balls sent down the more the pressure will grow. At the moment, though, Bray should be happy to see off the new ball

2.5

Mpofu to Bray, no run, how long can Bray resist having a go at one of these deliveries as another one passes by? He likes to play to shots

2.6

Mpofu to Bray, no run, and the over ends in familiar style, a steady maiden but it would help Zimbabwe if the batsmen had to play a few more balls

End of over 3 (maiden) Ireland 3/1 (RR: 1.00)
JP Bray    3* (11b)      CB Mpofu    2-2-0-1
EJG Morgan    0* (1b)      EC Rainsford    1-0-3-0

3.1

Rainsford to Morgan, 1 wide, this one is wide, Morgan goes for the drive and misses...the Zimbabweans go up for a catch behind but the umpire signals wide. The bat may have clipped the ground although replays aren't conclusive

3.1

Rainsford to Morgan, no run, beauty from Mpofu, pitches on middle and off, seams away and Morgan does well not to get the edge

The batsmen will have to be at their best here

3.2

Rainsford to Morgan, no run, manges to get bat on this, back to the bowler

3.3

Rainsford to Morgan, no run, another cracker, seams away and Morgan goes fishing again

3.4

Rainsford to Morgan, 2 runs, handsome straight drive from Morgan, past the right hand of mid on but not with enough timing to reach the fence

3.5

Rainsford to Morgan, no run, pushed into the covers

3.6

Rainsford to Morgan, no run, on middle and Morgan plays back to the bowler, another testing over from Rainsford and the pressure is on Ireland

End of over 4 (3 runs) Ireland 6/1 (RR: 1.50)
EJG Morgan    2* (7b)      EC Rainsford    2-0-6-0
JP Bray    3* (11b)      CB Mpofu    2-2-0-1

4.1

Mpofu to Bray, no run, more bounce to encourage the bowler and Bray watches it goes through to the keeper

4.2

Mpofu to Bray, 1 wide, too wide this time and the umpire gets to stretch his arms

4.2

Mpofu to Bray, no run, much tighter this time and Bray shows good judgment as it passes over the top of off stump

4.3

Mpofu to Bray, FOUR, that's the Bray that has made his name for Ireland, a touch of width and he frees his arms to power it through point for the first boundary...the Irish fans go wild

4.4

Mpofu to Bray, no run, back to leaving mode

4.5

Mpofu to Bray, SIX, this one goes all the way over point as Bray lays into a short, wide offering with impressive results...the pressure just coming off Ireland here...that was some hit

4.6

Mpofu to Bray, no run, Mpofu gets his line back again and Bray comes forward to cover any movement

Both sides trading blows in the early overs, it's a fascinating contest so far

End of over 5 (11 runs) Ireland 17/1 (RR: 3.40)
JP Bray    13* (17b 1x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    3-2-11-1
EJG Morgan    2* (7b)      EC Rainsford    2-0-6-0

5.1

Rainsford to Morgan, 1 run, drifting onto leg stump and neatly worked around the corner down to long leg

Rainsford changes the angle, round the wicket now to try and cramp Bray for room

5.2

Rainsford to Bray, 1 run, nicely punched into the covers and a well judged single

5.3

Rainsford to Morgan, FOUR, again, too much on leg stump and Morgan rolls the wrists and flicks it through square leg

5.4

Rainsford to Morgan, no run, back on off stump by Rainsford and played into the off side

5.5

Rainsford to Morgan, no run, back of a length, on middle, and worked to midwicket

5.6

Rainsford to Morgan, no run, driven to mid off

Ireland recovering nicely from the early loss of Porterfield, steady batting from Bray and Morgan

End of over 6 (6 runs) Ireland 23/1 (RR: 3.83)
EJG Morgan    7* (12b 1x4)      EC Rainsford    3-0-12-0
JP Bray    14* (18b 1x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    3-2-11-1

6.1

Mpofu to Bray, 1 run, typical one-day shot from Bray as he angles it down to third man

6.2

Mpofu to Morgan, 1 wide

6.2

Mpofu to Morgan, FOUR, cut powerfully through point, nice shot from Morgan who is starting to find his feet

6.3

Mpofu to Morgan, FOUR, dropped lucky this for Morgan as he flashes hard but it almost goes through hands of Chigumbura at slip who acts like it didn't really see it, four to Morgan but that was close

6.4

Mpofu to Morgan, no run

6.5

Mpofu to Morgan, no run

6.6

Mpofu to Morgan, no run, Mpofu tightens his line to end the over and Morgan covers up

End of over 7 (10 runs) Ireland 33/1 (RR: 4.71)
EJG Morgan    15* (17b 3x4)      CB Mpofu    4-2-21-1
JP Bray    15* (19b 1x4 1x6)      EC Rainsford    3-0-12-0

7.1

Rainsford to Bray, 3 runs, short and wide by Rainsford, Bray latches on and carves through the covers...it looks like a certain boundary until Sean Williams backs a brilliant diving save on the cover boundary

7.2

Rainsford to Morgan, no run, beauty! pitches and seams away, zips past the edge of Morgan's bat

7.3

Rainsford to Morgan, 2 runs, on the legs, Morgan clips in the air but wide of mid on and the ball pulls up short of the fence

7.4

Rainsford to Morgan, no run, fuller and on off stump, Morgan comes forward and bat and pad close together

7.5

Rainsford to Morgan, FOUR, hammered! overpitched and too wide, Morgan shows his class and crunches it through the covers with a powerful drive...there was no stopping that one

7.6

Rainsford to Morgan, no run, ooh! nearly the perfect reply from Rainsford as this moves away from Morgan who fishes and almost gets the edge

Suddenly Ireland's run rate is a healthy five an over

End of over 8 (9 runs) Ireland 42/1 (RR: 5.25)
EJG Morgan    21* (22b 4x4)      EC Rainsford    4-0-21-0
JP Bray    18* (20b 1x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    4-2-21-1

Changing of bowling, Elton Chigumbura takes over the Mpofu and has a chance to make up for his dropped catch off Morgan

8.1

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, hits the off stump line first up, played into the covers

8.2

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, on the pads this time, but Bray misses out and it takes the pad out to square leg

8.3

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, played from the crease out to cover

8.4

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, well bowled! pitched on off stump and seamed away, Bray pushes forward and the ball scoots past the edge...almost the breakthrough for Zimbabwe

8.5

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, works this down to mid on, still a hint of movement for the seamers

8.6

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, back of a length and Bray tries to glide it to third man, he would have succeeded except for a brilliant save in the gully...well fielded

End of over 9 (maiden) Ireland 42/1 (RR: 4.66)
JP Bray    18* (26b 1x4 1x6)      E Chigumbura    1-1-0-0
EJG Morgan    21* (22b 4x4)      EC Rainsford    4-0-21-0

Second change of bowling, the experienced Gary Brent who only recently came back into the side takes up the attack...easily the oldest player in the Zimbabwe side

9.1

Brent to Morgan, no run, hits the mark first up and batsman comes forward

9.2

Brent to Morgan, no run, close! bit of movement there and Morgan plays and misses

9.3

Brent to Morgan, no run, bat on ball this time, back to the bowler

9.4

Brent to Morgan, no run, Brent not much more than medium pace, but hitting consistent areas

9.5

Brent to Morgan, 1 wide, well, that wasn't consistent, a touch too wide and signalled as such

9.5

Brent to Morgan, OUT, breakthrough! what a tame end to a promising innings, outside off stump and Morgan just limply pushes at it and sends a simple catch to Chigumbura at first slip who makes no mistake with this one...he'll be breathing a sigh of relief

EJG Morgan c Chigumbura b Brent 21 (37m 27b 4x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

9.6

Brent to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, very full and dug out through point, third man cleans up...fine start by Brent

End of over 10 (2 runs) Ireland 44/2 (RR: 4.40)
NJ O'Brien    1* (1b)      GB Brent    1-0-2-1
JP Bray    18* (26b 1x4 1x6)      E Chigumbura    1-1-0-0

10.1

Chigumbura to NJ O'Brien, no run, played into the covers

10.2

Chigumbura to NJ O'Brien, no run, great line from Chigumbura, O'Brien just about pulls his bat inside the line

10.3

Chigumbura to NJ O'Brien, no run, onto the front foot and driven to cover with a crisp punch

10.4

Chigumbura to NJ O'Brien, OUT, and another goes! how the game changes. Suddenly Zimbabwe are back on top as another left-hander goes in familiar fashion, pushing away from the body with a lack of footwork and a simple catch for Taylor behind the stumps

NJ O'Brien c †Taylor b Chigumbura 1 (3m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Here's Andre Botha, another of Ireland's overseas brigade...this time a South African

10.5

Chigumbura to Botha, no run, in middle and defended back to the bowler

Ireland need to rebuild here and just bat time for a while

10.6

Chigumbura to Botha, no run, that swings back very late at Botha, but sails past off stump

That's it from me for now, for the next ten overs or so here is the extremely jolly Will Luke

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) Ireland 44/3 (RR: 4.00)
AC Botha    0* (2b)      E Chigumbura    2-2-0-1
JP Bray    18* (26b 1x4 1x6)      GB Brent    1-0-2-1

Thanks Gnasher. Will here, and what a delight it is to be with you today. Good start from Zimbabwe. In fact, I'd even go as far to say it's been a super effort.

11.1

Brent to Bray, no run, and he shoulders arms outside the off stump. Good length, if a touch too wide

11.2

Brent to Bray, no run, gone, surely? No! A raucous appeal from Brent to one which cut back massively into the batsman

11.3

Brent to Bray, FOUR, but Brent sends this too wide, too full, and it's fairly hammered through extra cover. Fiercely struck

11.4

Brent to Bray, no run, ooh, good line there - but a very good leave

11.5

Brent to Bray, no run, another Dominic Cork-style appeal from Brent - another excellent delivery cutting back into the batsman who gets an inside edge

11.6

Brent to Bray, 5 runs, pushed out to point who shied at the stumps but it was wider than Dwayne Leverock's belt and they get a whole load of overthrows

End of over 12 (9 runs) Ireland 53/3 (RR: 4.41)
JP Bray    27* (32b 2x4 1x6)      GB Brent    2-0-11-1
AC Botha    0* (2b)      E Chigumbura    2-2-0-1

12.1

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, cuts this back into the left hander who is tentatively forward, defending it off the inside edge

Excellent line from Zimbabwe in the past three overs

12.2

Chigumbura to Bray, 1 no ball, fuller and driven

12.2

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, a touch shorter this time, and driven, but straight to mid-off

12.3

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, a shimmy down the pitch from Bray who is then cramped for room. Not the wisest of shots, really, and he scampers back into his crease after pushing it to leg

12.4

Chigumbura to Bray, SIX, shot: that's what Bray does best. Short and wide, Bray flays it - rather, uppercuts it - over the slips, to fine-leg's right who doesn't move and it sails for six

Good conviction in that stroke

12.5

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, another huge shout as he is wrapped on the pads, but again it's turned down

Mighty, mighty close. Mere millimetres

End of over 13 (7 runs) Ireland 60/3 (RR: 4.67)
JP Bray    33* (38b 2x4 2x6)      E Chigumbura    2.5-2-7-1
AC Botha    0* (2b)      GB Brent    2-0-11-1

13.1

Brent to Botha, 1 wide

13.1

Brent to Botha, no run

13.2

Brent to Botha, 1 run

13.3

Brent to Bray, no run

13.4

Brent to Bray, 1 run

13.5

Brent to Botha, no run

13.6

Brent to Botha, no run, clipped off his legs

Apologies for the silence. Problems with the feed

End of over 14 (3 runs) Ireland 63/3 (RR: 4.50)
AC Botha    1* (6b)      GB Brent    3-0-14-1
JP Bray    34* (40b 2x4 2x6)      E Chigumbura    2.5-2-7-1

14.1

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, and this one cuts back into him; a strangled appeal from the bowler

14.2

Chigumbura to Bray, 1 run, deliciously struck through cover, powerfully, but straight to the sweeper on the boundary

14.3

Chigumbura to Botha, OUT, gone! Completely outfoxed there, Botha shouldering arms and the ball cut back in, clipping the top of his off stump. Dreadful misjudgement there

AC Botha b Chigumbura 1 (15m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

So, here comes the flame-haired Kevin O'Brien

The first right-hander to come to the wicket...

14.4

Chigumbura to KJ O'Brien, no run, and he's firmly behind this one, defending it on the front foot

14.5

Chigumbura to KJ O'Brien, no run, oh dear, that's a messy, wasteful shot from O'Brien. Wider, fuller, and O'Brien tries to flay it through cover, misses, and the bowler goes up for a huge appeal

14.6

Chigumbura to KJ O'Brien, no run, that's much better, defending it on the back foot solidly

End of over 15 (1 run) Ireland 64/4 (RR: 4.26)
KJ O'Brien    0* (3b)      E Chigumbura    4-2-8-2
JP Bray    35* (42b 2x4 2x6)      GB Brent    3-0-14-1

Wicketkeeper up to the stumps here

15.1

Brent to Bray, no run, swinging into the batsman who clunks it back to the bowler

15.2

Brent to Bray, no run, massively wide; the batsman hardly reaches it, almost falling over and he gets a big inside edge

15.3

Brent to Bray, no run, a touch shorter, Bray tries to cut but he is troubled by the wicketkeeper standing up to the stumps. Desperate to free his arms, and can't

15.4

Brent to Bray, no run, ooh hald a shout; Bray struggling with the inswinger here

15.5

Brent to Bray, no run, that's what he wants - a bit of width - but he can only clunk it to mid-off

Excellent over, this

15.6

Brent to Bray, no run, well bowled Brent, cramping Bray for room who can only come forward to defend it

End of over 16 (maiden) Ireland 64/4 (RR: 4.00)
JP Bray    35* (48b 2x4 2x6)      GB Brent    4-1-14-1
KJ O'Brien    0* (3b)      E Chigumbura    4-2-8-2

16.1

Chigumbura to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, classical! Shot of the day, driven on the up through extra cover. That was emphatic and he doesn't even bother running

16.2

Chigumbura to KJ O'Brien, no run, left alone outside off

16.3

Chigumbura to KJ O'Brien, 1 no ball, left alone - good line, but he's overstepped the mark

16.3

Chigumbura to KJ O'Brien, no run, another classy drive from O'Brien but not quite as well timed as the four he hit earlier in the over, and nor as well placed. Straight to cover

16.4

Chigumbura to KJ O'Brien, no run, calmly left alone, O'Brien watching the ball zing past into the wicketkeeper's gloves

Excellent line from the bowler

16.5

Chigumbura to KJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, but he just drifts this one down the legside allowing them through for a single

16.6

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, swing and a miss outside off. Missed it by a country mile

End of over 17 (6 runs) Ireland 70/4 (RR: 4.11)
JP Bray    35* (49b 2x4 2x6)      E Chigumbura    5-2-13-2
KJ O'Brien    4* (9b 1x4)      GB Brent    4-1-14-1

Nearly every Ireland supporter is wearing some kind of hat in the crowd. Some with pointy bits, others resembling a beer can (or a pork pie). What winners. Drinks out in the middle

17.1

Brent to KJ O'Brien, no run, edged short of first slip! Reasonable ball; not a reasonable shot. A fishy, washy poke

17.2

Brent to KJ O'Brien, no run, drifting down leg, half a shout for lbw but it's just going down

17.3

Brent to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, nearly! Walks across his stumps, flicks it to leg - Taylor, the wicketkeeper, dives to his left and nearly gets a finger to it. Inches away

17.4

Brent to KJ O'Brien, no run, good one, on middle-and-off, defended solidly though

17.5

Brent to KJ O'Brien, no run, ooh he thought about driving that. A tempting, teasing line outside off - but he rightly chose to ignore it

17.6

Brent to KJ O'Brien, no run, a touch slower, wobbling in the air and it's nudged to leg

Here comes the brilliantly named Mpofu, around the wicket

Hurrah! The first "Oop the Oirish" from a very fervent, noisy and erudite young chap in the crowd

End of over 18 (4 runs) Ireland 74/4 (RR: 4.11)
KJ O'Brien    8* (15b 2x4)      GB Brent    5-1-18-1
JP Bray    35* (49b 2x4 2x6)      E Chigumbura    5-2-13-2

18.1

Mpofu to Bray, no run, angling into the left hander who chops it to point

Good plan this, coming around the wicket, cramping the batsman for room

18.2

Mpofu to Bray, 1 run, drops it short and he pulls it, aerially, over midwicket without much conviction

It's just struck me. Jeremy Bray reminds of Matthew Elliot, the former Australia opener. That's been troubling me all day

Over the wicket

18.3

Mpofu to KJ O'Brien, no run, good ball on off stump, watchfully defended

18.4

Mpofu to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, very middling pace there, and the wrong line for once too - drifting down leg and it's easily flicked to leg

Back around the wicket to the left hander

18.5

Mpofu to Bray, 1 run, nearly! Bray was beaten there, spooning it just wide of cover - oh but cover, and I can't see who it was, swoops and shies at the stumps. Brilliant piece of fielding and Bray'd have been miles out had the fielder hit

18.6

Mpofu to KJ O'Brien, no run, left alone

End of over 19 (3 runs) Ireland 77/4 (RR: 4.05)
KJ O'Brien    9* (18b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    5-2-24-1
JP Bray    37* (52b 2x4 2x6)      GB Brent    5-1-18-1

Around the wicket

19.1

Rainsford to Bray, no run, and he tries to hit this into the ocean and misses. Poor stroke

19.2

Rainsford to Bray, no run, "wait" roars Bray as he nudges this to leg

19.3

Rainsford to Bray, FOUR, shot. Too short, Bray goes back and absolutely hammers it wide of mid-on

19.4

Rainsford to Bray, no run, ooh good comeback! Fuller, and cutting back into Bray who is cramped

19.5

Rainsford to Bray, no run, good bowling, good line and good pace. Bray struggles with the fuller, swinging ball - as he did here. The ball smacking into the pads

19.6

Rainsford to Bray, no run, nearly! Inside-edged into his boot and very nearly crashing into his stumps

And here's Andrew McGlashan, who is most certainly not a leprechaun. Not on weekdays anyway.

Ah to be sure, will you be looking at that? It's the first leprechaun of the day, with a dreadful-looking fake-orange beard

End of over 20 (4 runs) Ireland 81/4 (RR: 4.05)
JP Bray    41* (58b 3x4 2x6)      EC Rainsford    5-0-25-0
KJ O'Brien    9* (18b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    5-2-24-1

Thanks Will...well sort of. Ireland in a spot of bother here and need some careful accumulation if they are to reach a decent total. Bray holding it together at the moment

20.1

Mpofu to KJ O'Brien, no run, played out towards point

20.2

Mpofu to KJ O'Brien, no run, extra bounce there and it climbs past the outside edge, well bowled

20.3

Mpofu to KJ O'Brien, no run, tight lines from Mpofu, O'Brien goes back and across

20.4

Mpofu to KJ O'Brien, no run, off stump and played from the crease again back down the pitch

20.5

Mpofu to KJ O'Brien, no run, tries to turn this into the on side but the hint of movement means it takes the leading edge and pops into the off side, no danger however

20.6

Mpofu to KJ O'Brien, no run, stays a fraction lower than O'Brien expected but he manages to get his bat down in time

another impressive over from the Zimbabweans who, apart from one dropped catch, have been right on top of their game today

End of over 21 (maiden) Ireland 81/4 (RR: 3.85)
KJ O'Brien    9* (24b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    6-3-24-1
JP Bray    41* (58b 3x4 2x6)      EC Rainsford    5-0-25-0

21.1

Rainsford to Bray, FOUR, hint of width and smashed by Bray, who continues to hold the innings together, and the ball races through the covers. It is so well timed it beats the man sweeping on the fence and a welcome boundary for Ireland

21.2

Rainsford to Bray, 1 run, works this one backward of square on the leg side

21.3

Rainsford to KJ O'Brien, 1 no ball, cracking ball swings past the edge but Rainsford overstepped so any edge wouldn't have counted

21.3

Rainsford to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, tucked into the leg side, rotates the strike

21.4

Rainsford to Bray, 1 run, more width and hammered again, but picks out the man on the point fence this time so it's just the single...but Bray certainly packs a punch

21.5

Rainsford to KJ O'Brien, no run, full, searching for the swing, and driven up to mid off

21.6

Rainsford to KJ O'Brien, OUT, another one goes! the problems mount for Ireland just as a recovery was being shaped by these two. O'Brien enticed into having a drive at a full one, but it swings away and takes the outside edge...another comfortable take for Taylor and Ireland are five down

KJ O'Brien c †Taylor b Rainsford 10 (33m 28b 2x4 0x6) SR: 35.71

Bray is playing very nicely but he is running out of support and needs someone to stay with him...the Irish seem a little too keen to feel bat on ball all the time

End of over 22 (8 runs) Ireland 89/5 (RR: 4.04)
     EC Rainsford    6-0-33-1
JP Bray    47* (61b 4x4 2x6)      CB Mpofu    6-3-24-1

Andrew White in to face the music. He has first-class experience with Northamptonshire in England...and it's the first spin of the day with Prosper Utseya taking the ball

22.1

Utseya to Bray, no run, punched into the covers

22.2

Utseya to Bray, 1 run, placed into the covers this time, scamper a single

22.3

Utseya to White, no run, comes forward, bat and pad together

22.4

Utseya to White, no run, same again from Utseya and White

22.5

Utseya to White, no run, tries to sweep from outside off stump but doesn't make contact

no close catchers despite Ireland being five down...a ring field

22.6

Utseya to White, no run, turned into the leg side, tidy start from Utseya

End of over 23 (1 run) Ireland 90/5 (RR: 3.91)
AR White    0* (4b)      P Utseya    1-0-1-0
JP Bray    48* (63b 4x4 2x6)      EC Rainsford    6-0-33-1

Despite taking a wicket with the last ball of his previous over Rainsford is off and it's Chigumbura to take the ball

23.1

Chigumbura to Bray, FOUR, flashed away down to third man, should have just been a single but Mpofu makes a hash of things down at third man and it goes for a boundary...brings up Ireland's first fifty in World Cup cricket, well played

23.2

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, back to concentration for Bray, comes forward and defends

23.3

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, forward again, solid from Bray

23.4

Chigumbura to Bray, FOUR, fine drive from Bray, real power in that shot but placement too as he beats the man on the point fence

Chigumbura comes round the wicket now, changing the line and trying to tighten his line to Bray

23.5

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, it nearly works too, as Bray doesn't quite adjust to the new line and has a flash but misses

23.6

Chigumbura to Bray, no run, powerfully driven on the up but straight at cover

So finally something for the Irish to cheer in that over, and they are certainly making themselves heard in the ground...although it has to be said there isn't much competition other than the sound system

End of over 24 (8 runs) Ireland 98/5 (RR: 4.08)
JP Bray    56* (69b 6x4 2x6)      E Chigumbura    6-2-21-2
AR White    0* (4b)      P Utseya    1-0-1-0

24.1

Utseya to White, no run, turned into the leg side, White still yet to score

24.2

Utseya to White, no run, tries to sweep, half an appeal for lbw but not much going for it really as it missed the pad

24.3

Utseya to White, no run, all defence from White

24.4

Utseya to White, 1 run, off the mark now as he connects with a sweep out to deep square-leg

24.5

Utseya to Bray, no run, played off the back foot, Utseya fields off his own bowling

24.6

Utseya to Bray, no run, hint of turn, strangled appeal but Bray in no danger as ball goes into the covers

Tight start from Utseya and he certainly gets through his overs at a decent rate

End of over 25 (1 run) Ireland 99/5 (RR: 3.96)
JP Bray    56* (71b 6x4 2x6)      P Utseya    2-0-2-0
AR White    1* (8b)      E Chigumbura    6-2-21-2

Time for the second spinner, here's Sean Williams with his left-arm stuff

25.1

Williams to White, no run, on off stump, played on the front foot

25.2

Williams to White, 1 run, picks this up over deep midwicket, fielded on the fence but it brings up the 100 for Ireland and more cheers from the fans

25.3

Williams to Bray, 1 run, low full toss, down to long on

25.4

Williams to White, 2 runs, on leg stump, sweeps and short fine-leg's dive can't save the runs

25.5

Williams to White, no run, forward, back to the bowler

25.6

Williams to White, no run, steady end to the over, another forward defence

End of over 26 (4 runs) Ireland 103/5 (RR: 3.96)
AR White    4* (13b)      SC Williams    1-0-4-0
JP Bray    57* (72b 6x4 2x6)      P Utseya    2-0-2-0

26.1

Utseya to Bray, no run, played back to the bowler

26.2

Utseya to Bray, 1 run, turned round the corner onto the leg side

26.3

Utseya to White, no run

26.4

Utseya to White, no run, that's something different, tries the reverse sweep but doesn't connect...bit risky given the scoreline

26.5

Utseya to White, no run, driven to mid off

26.6

Utseya to White, 1 run, sweeps, takes the top edge but flies safely out to deep square-leg

Phew, not much time to breath with the spin-twins on

End of over 27 (2 runs) Ireland 105/5 (RR: 3.88)
AR White    5* (17b)      P Utseya    3-0-4-0
JP Bray    58* (74b 6x4 2x6)      SC Williams    1-0-4-0

27.1

Williams to White, no run, drifting outside leg stump, flicked to short fine-leg

27.2

Williams to White, 1 run, similar ball, but tucked wide of short fine-leg this time

Bray in a sun hat now

27.3

Williams to Bray, 1 run, driven firmly down to long off

27.4

Williams to White, no run, pushed out to cover

27.5

Williams to White, 1 run, fired in towards leg stump, sweeps fine but a good diving save from short fine-leg

27.6

Williams to Bray, 1 run, driven up to long off, another steady over allround

End of over 28 (4 runs) Ireland 109/5 (RR: 3.89)
JP Bray    60* (76b 6x4 2x6)      SC Williams    2-0-8-0
AR White    7* (21b)      P Utseya    3-0-4-0

28.1

Utseya to Bray, no run, onto the front foot, bat and pad together

28.2

Utseya to Bray, no run, sweeps, but straight to square leg

28.3

Utseya to Bray, no run, tries to angle this away, but misses and Taylor collects

28.4

Utseya to Bray, no run, doesn't make the sweep, takes the pad

28.5

Utseya to Bray, no run, another missed sweep, not much pace to work with here

28.6

Utseya to Bray, 1 run, down to long on, Bray keeps the strike

End of over 29 (1 run) Ireland 110/5 (RR: 3.79)
JP Bray    61* (82b 6x4 2x6)      P Utseya    4-0-5-0
AR White    7* (21b)      SC Williams    2-0-8-0

The spinners racing through the overs here, a good tactic because the pressure will grow on the Ireland batsmen

29.1

Williams to Bray, 1 run, played down to long on

29.2

Williams to White, no run, short, but White misses out and picks out cover

29.3

Williams to White, no run, back to the bowler

29.4

Williams to White, 1 run, flighted up and White goes down and crunches a sweep out to deep square-leg

29.5

Williams to Bray, no run, uses his feet, driven straight back to Williams

29.6

Williams to Bray, 1 run, another sweep that doesn't connect, dribbles square on the leg side for one

Well, that ten overs went quickly. It's now back to Will who has recharged himself with a cup of tea - how Caribbean we are!

End of over 30 (3 runs) Ireland 113/5 (RR: 3.76)
JP Bray    63* (85b 6x4 2x6)      SC Williams    3-0-11-0
AR White    8* (24b)      P Utseya    4-0-5-0

Super stint, that. G'afternoon everyone, Will here.

30.1

Utseya to Bray, no run, nicely flighted, Bray - in a fine Lehmann-esque wide-brimmed hat - blocks his bat behind the pad

30.2

Utseya to Bray, 1 run, swept fine

30.3

Utseya to White, FOUR, reverse-swept, brilliantly - superb shot, and that's four. Powerfully hit indeed

30.4

Utseya to White, 2 runs, back onto his stumps and flicked to leg, and they take a single. Oh, they're coming back for two - that's very well run

30.5

Utseya to White, no run, defended on the front foot

30.6

Utseya to White, no run, beaten! The arm ball I think, the goes-straight-onner, and it passes by his sweep

End of over 31 (7 runs) Ireland 120/5 (RR: 3.87)
AR White    14* (28b 1x4)      P Utseya    5-0-12-0
JP Bray    64* (87b 6x4 2x6)      SC Williams    3-0-11-0

31.1

Brent to Bray, no run, defended on the front foot

31.2

Brent to Bray, 1 run, excellent ball cutting Bray in half who edges it past the vacant slips down to third man

31.3

Brent to White, no run, defended on the back foot

31.4

Brent to White, 1 bye, cracking delivery again! Cutting into the right-hander before swinging away, edged past the wicketkeeper

31.5

Brent to Bray, no run, powerfully driven to cover who dives, athletically, saving four. Zimbabwe's fielding has been slick today

31.6

Brent to Bray, 1 run, tries to launch this into the sea but can only turn it around the corner

End of over 32 (3 runs) Ireland 123/5 (RR: 3.84)
JP Bray    66* (91b 6x4 2x6)      GB Brent    6-1-20-1
AR White    14* (30b 1x4)      P Utseya    5-0-12-0

32.1

Utseya to Bray, no run, driven to mid-on

32.2

Utseya to Bray, 1 run

32.3

Utseya to White, 1 run, reverse-swept, again very well played

32.4

Utseya to Bray, no run, driven to mid-on

32.5

Utseya to Bray, 1 run, driven in the style of Darren Lehmann through cover

32.6

Utseya to White, no run, clunked to cover

End of over 33 (3 runs) Ireland 126/5 (RR: 3.81)
AR White    15* (32b 1x4)      P Utseya    6-0-15-0
JP Bray    68* (95b 6x4 2x6)      GB Brent    6-1-20-1

33.1

Brent to Bray, no run, smacked back to the bowler, bump ball which sails over the bowler's head

33.2

Brent to Bray, 1 run, oh, shot, punching this on the up but again he finds cover. And the ball reaches the fielder in a flash

He really gives it some humpty

33.3

Brent to White, no run, bit of wobble on that one, outside off and it's defended on the back foot

33.4

Brent to White, no run, slower ball, shorter too and he tries to pull it but is beaten by the lack of pace

33.5

Brent to White, 1 run, again a slower ball but he reads it this time - and it's drifting down leg - so whips it for a single

33.6

Brent to Bray, 1 run, this hurries Bray who clunks it to mid-on, but a misfield can't prevent the single

End of over 34 (3 runs) Ireland 129/5 (RR: 3.79)
JP Bray    70* (98b 6x4 2x6)      GB Brent    7-1-23-1
AR White    16* (35b 1x4)      P Utseya    6-0-15-0

Around the wicket

34.1

Utseya to Bray, no run, excellent ball hurrying Bray who rocks back and defends

34.2

Utseya to Bray, 1 run, too short, Bray works it to leg

34.3

Utseya to White, no run, another reverse sweep but he finds a short third man, placed precisely for that shot

34.4

Utseya to White, 1 run, pinged to mid-off

34.5

Utseya to Bray, no run, full, and again Bray can't get on top of it, just smacking it back to the bowler

34.6

Utseya to Bray, no run, flicked to midwicket but again no run there

Excellent, tight over

End of over 35 (2 runs) Ireland 131/5 (RR: 3.74)
JP Bray    71* (102b 6x4 2x6)      P Utseya    7-0-17-0
AR White    17* (37b 1x4)      GB Brent    7-1-23-1

35.1

Brent to White, no run

35.2

Brent to White, 1 run, nicely cut in front of square, but without sufficient power

35.3

Brent to Bray, 1 run, too short allowing Bray to pull it powerfully, but can only find fine leg

35.4

Brent to White, FOUR, ooh and it's an outside edge through the vacant slips - and down for four

35.5

Brent to White, no run, defended on the back foot

35.6

Brent to White, no run, swinging into the batsman who tries to work it to leg, misses, and that looks very tight indeed. But again the umpire turns down a strangled appeal

End of over 36 (6 runs) Ireland 137/5 (RR: 3.80)
AR White    22* (42b 2x4)      GB Brent    8-1-29-1
JP Bray    72* (103b 6x4 2x6)      P Utseya    7-0-17-0

36.1

Utseya to Bray, 1 run, timed off the back foot

36.2

Utseya to White, 1 run, too short and it's easily worked off the back foot through midwicket

And there's the fifty partnership

36.3

Utseya to Bray, 1 run, worked straight to midwicket

36.4

Utseya to White, FOUR, another superb reverse sweep - he really does play that very well, with great conviction, and that races for four

36.5

Utseya to White, 1 run, and again, fearlessly, he goes for it but it's cut off in the deep this time

36.6

Utseya to Bray, no run, driven uppishly to leg, and it falls just short of mid-off

Ireland just starting to tick now as we approach the final ten-over slogathon

End of over 37 (8 runs) Ireland 145/5 (RR: 3.91)
JP Bray    74* (106b 6x4 2x6)      P Utseya    8-0-25-0
AR White    28* (45b 3x4)      GB Brent    8-1-29-1

37.1

Brent to White, no run, outside the off stump, he tries to pull it into the stand over midwicket but is hit on the pad. Missed it comfortably

37.2

Brent to White, no run, powerfully cut but Sean Williams at backward point makes an excellent, nonchalant stop

37.3

Brent to White, OUT, gone! The slower ball, looping up high and White completely misread it, trying to pull it over midwicket. That was taking out middle stump and at last Gould raises his finger

AR White lbw b Brent 28 (49m 48b 3x4 0x6) SR: 58.33

Here comes the Ireland captain, Trent Johnston. This guy hits a very long ball

37.4

Brent to Johnston, no run, ooh, left alone at the last minute

37.5

Brent to Johnston, no run, too wide and it's left alone

37.6

Brent to Johnston, FOUR, ah, nice way to get off the mark - in fact he's timed that quite brilliantly, just working it to leg and it races for four

End of over 38 (4 runs) Ireland 149/6 (RR: 3.92)
DT Johnston    4* (3b 1x4)      GB Brent    9-1-33-2
JP Bray    74* (106b 6x4 2x6)      P Utseya    8-0-25-0

38.1

Matsikenyeri to Bray, 2 runs, oh, shot. He finds the fielder at a wide long-off but it was sweetly timed for two

38.2

Matsikenyeri to Bray, 1 run, filthy wide, almost not making the cut-strip and Bray struggles to reach it. But cuts it hard into the covers

38.3

Matsikenyeri to Johnston, no run, short, spinning into the right hander who works it to leg

38.4

Matsikenyeri to Johnston, 1 run, neatly timed off his pads again, but the wrong line from the bowler, drifting it down leg

38.5

Matsikenyeri to Bray, 1 run, just a little too short this time and Bray rocks back, gives himself room and punches it past mid-off

38.6

Matsikenyeri to Johnston, 1 run, too short, too wide, cut hard to deep extra cover

End of over 39 (6 runs) Ireland 155/6 (RR: 3.97)
DT Johnston    6* (6b 1x4)      S Matsikenyeri    1-0-6-0
JP Bray    78* (109b 6x4 2x6)      GB Brent    9-1-33-2

39.1

Brent to Johnston, 1 run, ooh, this spits up at Johnston a touch - but he plays it well, with soft hands, nudging it to leg

Around the wicket to Bray

39.2

Brent to Bray, no run, quicker, and it hurries Bray who is struck on the pad

39.3

Brent to Bray, FOUR, shot, Bray. It was too full, right in the slot and Bray just flicked it over midwicket for four

39.4

Brent to Bray, 1 run, too short, Bray tries to pull it but can't time it properly

39.5

Brent to Johnston, 1 run, hammered off the back foot past a despairing cover; sweeper comes in to save two

39.6

Brent to Bray, no run, full, down the leg side but Bray rather falls over and can't time it

Here's Andrew to take you through the final 10-over slogathon

End of over 40 (7 runs) Ireland 162/6 (RR: 4.05)
JP Bray    83* (113b 7x4 2x6)      GB Brent    10-1-40-2
DT Johnston    8* (8b 1x4)      S Matsikenyeri    1-0-6-0

Hi there. Bray playing a blinder for Ireland here. If he can get someone to stay with him they could still reach 220, which would set up a fascinating run chase for Zimbabwe. Utseya back on

40.1

Utseya to Johnston, no run, pushed to the on side

40.2

Utseya to Johnston, no run, flicked back down the pitch to Utseya

40.3

Utseya to Johnston, 1 run, angled into the off side, brings Bray back onto strike

40.4

Utseya to Bray, 1 run, slightly short and swung away through square leg

40.5

Utseya to Johnston, no run, can't beat the bowler as he pushed down the pitch

40.6

Utseya to Johnston, no run, goes for sweep, hits the back leg but well outside off stump and the appeal is turned down

Nine overs to go, but with just four wickets left Ireland can't really go all-out just yet

End of over 41 (2 runs) Ireland 164/6 (RR: 4.00)
DT Johnston    9* (13b 1x4)      P Utseya    9-0-27-0
JP Bray    84* (114b 7x4 2x6)      GB Brent    10-1-40-2

Sean Williams is back, and slightly worryingly the groundsmen are preparing for some rain as dark clouds loom

41.1

Williams to Bray, 1 run, pushed down to long on

41.2

Williams to Johnston, no run, played into the covers

41.3

Williams to Johnston, 1 run, worked through square leg, important Bray has as much strike as possible

41.4

Williams to Bray, 1 run, sweeps in the air, but very safe and out to deep square-leg

41.5

Williams to Johnston, 2 runs, there's a big shot, launches this out to deep midwicket, Chibhabha makes a valiant attempt to sprint in and take the catch but can't quite get there - harsh to call that a miss, it was a good stop

41.6

Williams to Johnston, no run, worked to short fine-leg

End of over 42 (5 runs) Ireland 169/6 (RR: 4.02)
DT Johnston    12* (17b 1x4)      SC Williams    4-0-16-0
JP Bray    86* (116b 7x4 2x6)      P Utseya    9-0-27-0

Utseya starts his final over

42.1

Utseya to Bray, no run, punched to cover

42.2

Utseya to Bray, 1 run, uses his feet and drives to long off

And here come the players

2.40pm Steven Price writes from Harare: "Douglas Hondo, who walked out on Zimbabwe Cricket after the board ordered him and three other players to cut their dreadlocks, is a guest on Supersports, and still has his uncut hair. All the players were given an ultimatum - get your hair cut or be axed. Such is life under Peter Chingoka."

2.35pm A message from Andrew who is watching the game in Ireland. "I'm sticking up press cuttings up in the staff room and taking loads of stick, but I'll stand my ground!" Good on you, keep fighting for the cricket fans

Some good news from Jamaica, they are hopeful of starting again in about 10 minutes. Stay with us.

2.25pm Ah, that's more like it. The Irish fans have started a conga line around the ground, led by the leprucaun. I don't reckon that's a sight the people of Jamaica have seen very often

And the rain has started to fall...the covers are coming on and the players are coming off. A shame for Ireland, they were just preparing for the late charge, but hopefully it won't last too long. The word from Caribbean is that it isn't too heavy and should blow over. Stay with us for more news

Bray has been outstanding, holding the innings together after the top-order were dispatched in the first half of the innings. At 99 for 5 a decent total was a long way off, but some useful support from White and, so far, Johnston has allowed Bray to push the total forward. Ireland need to bat out the remaining 7.4 overs and reaching something around 210-220.

Meanwhile, we have a message from Zimbabwe. Steven Price writes from Harare: "Interest here is fairly good considering the state of the nation, a few people watching in pubs and bars, but generally most of the population have other things on their minds. The regular power cuts don't help with the continuity of following the game!" Well, despite Bray's efforts Zimbabwe are still well placed to give the people back home a little crumb of comfort.

42.3

Utseya to Johnston, no run, Utseya hits the mark straight away, played back down the pitch

42.4

Utseya to Johnston, no run, punched to midwicket

42.5

Utseya to Johnston, 1 run, finds the gap down to long on, Utseya dived but couldn't prevent the run

Bray back onto strike, 13 short of a ton

42.6

Utseya to Bray, no run, pitched on leg stump, comes forward

That's the end of a fine spell from Utseya, kept it tight throughout

End of over 43 (2 runs) Ireland 171/6 (RR: 3.97)
JP Bray    87* (119b 7x4 2x6)      P Utseya    10-0-29-0
DT Johnston    13* (20b 1x4)      SC Williams    4-0-16-0

Mpofu is back, four overs left for him so he could finish the innings

43.1

Mpofu to Johnston, 2 runs, full, nicely clipped through square leg and a fumble at deep square-leg makes the second comfortable

43.2

Mpofu to Johnston, FOUR, drifts down leg side, Johnston gets a tickle on it and it races to fine leg...valuable runs

43.3

Mpofu to Johnston, no run, outside off stump, nearly a wide but not quite although the Irish fans thought it was

43.4

Mpofu to Johnston, 1 run, drives to drive, but without any time and takes half the bat down to long on

43.5

Mpofu to Bray, FOUR, full outside off stump and a wonderful cover drive from Bray who moves into the 90s with one of his best boundaries

43.6

Mpofu to Bray, OUT, a complete mix-up! the useful stand is broken as Bray slaps a full toss into the covers, Johnston races up the pitch but Bray starts then stops. Johnston turned but couldn't get back as the throw came into Mpofu and he lobbed it into the stumps

DT Johnston run out 20 (49m 24b 2x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

End of over 44 (11 runs) Ireland 182/7 (RR: 4.13)
JP Bray    91* (121b 8x4 2x6)      CB Mpofu    7-3-35-1
     P Utseya    10-0-29-0

Kyle McCallan comes to the middle and is on strike, Williams to bowl

44.1

Williams to McCallan, no run, played into the covers

44.2

Williams to McCallan, no run, off the pads into the leg side

44.3

Williams to McCallan, OUT, and another goes! Bray could run out of partners here as McCallan goes for the sweep but misses, Taylor whips off the bails and the foot is on the line...he has to go

WK McCallan st †Taylor b Williams 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

David Langford-Smith comes in and he has to stay and support Bray

44.4

Williams to Langford-Smith, no run, played out to point

44.5

Williams to Langford-Smith, no run

44.6

Williams to Langford-Smith, no run, another dot to finish, good tight stuff towards the end here from Zimbabwe

End of over 45 (wicket maiden) Ireland 182/8 (RR: 4.04)
D Langford-Smith    0* (3b)      SC Williams    5-1-16-1
JP Bray    91* (121b 8x4 2x6)      CB Mpofu    7-3-35-1

Bray needs nine for a century

45.1

Mpofu to Bray, 1 run, flayed through point, one hand comes off the bat

45.2

Mpofu to Langford-Smith, 1 run, reaches for this one which is very wide, his hand comes off the bat too and pushes it out to deep point

45.3

Mpofu to Bray, FOUR, brilliant strike, on leg stump and Bray quickly picks it up over midwicket and there's no one out there...he gets closer

45.4

Mpofu to Bray, no run, very full and dug out to backward point

45.5

Mpofu to Bray, 1 run, low full toss, swings hard at it but without timing and it goes to long on

both these two batsmen grew up in Sydney and are best friends

45.6

Mpofu to Langford-Smith, no run, driven firmly but straight at cover

Bray needs three for a memorable ton

End of over 46 (7 runs) Ireland 189/8 (RR: 4.10)
D Langford-Smith    1* (5b)      CB Mpofu    8-3-42-1
JP Bray    97* (125b 9x4 2x6)      SC Williams    5-1-16-1

46.1

Williams to Bray, 1 run, punches down to long on, will he get them in singles?

46.2

Williams to Langford-Smith, no run, worked into the leg side, can't get the run

46.3

Williams to Langford-Smith, no run, nearly a mix-up! that could have been the end of a beautiful friendship. Angled to short third-man, never a single there and Bray gets back

46.4

Williams to Langford-Smith, 2 runs, sweeps, goes fine and manages to get a brace

46.5

Williams to Langford-Smith, 1 run, no way there was going to be two that time, lobs over the keeper's head

46.6

Williams to Bray, 1 run, worked into the covers, onto 99 and the nerves will be jangling for Bray...it's been a great effort

End of over 47 (5 runs) Ireland 194/8 (RR: 4.12)
JP Bray    99* (127b 9x4 2x6)      SC Williams    6-1-21-1
D Langford-Smith    4* (9b)      CB Mpofu    8-3-42-1

47.1

Mpofu to Bray, no run, yorker, on middle, just gets down on it...pressure, pressure!

47.2

Mpofu to Bray, FOUR, and there it is! a memorable century for Jeremy Bray as he flays this ball wide of third man for his 10th boundary and what a moment for Irish cricket

The Guinness will be flowing in Ireland tonight, and all for efforts of Bray

47.3

Mpofu to Bray, 1 run, low full toss, hammered through the covers

This is Bray's second ODI ton

47.4

Mpofu to Langford-Smith, no run, driven hard at cover, well stopped

47.5

Mpofu to Langford-Smith, 1 run, connects well with this, full and driven out to point to raise the 200. A fine effort after being 99 for 5 at the halfway mark

Another 20 would give Ireland a real chance

47.6

Mpofu to Bray, 1 run, driven one-handed down to long off. Bray wants to keep the strike, but he must be feeling the effects of his time in the middle

Two overs to go, Bray will go full-on here and try for boundaries but he's already written his name in Irish cricket, and sporting, history

End of over 48 (7 runs) Ireland 201/8 (RR: 4.18)
JP Bray    105* (131b 10x4 2x6)      CB Mpofu    9-3-49-1
D Langford-Smith    5* (11b)      SC Williams    6-1-21-1

Rainsford is back for what will be just a one-over spell. A tough ask

48.1

Rainsford to Bray, 2 runs, well struck through the covers and Bray just keeps going as he gets two to long off

48.2

Rainsford to Bray, 2 runs, well placed between long on and deep midwicket, another well-run couple

48.3

Rainsford to Bray, 2 runs, more excellent running, shows the fitness of Bray as he chops it down to third man

TV graphics show Bray has been especially strong through the leg side

48.4

Rainsford to Bray, 1 run, powered down to long off

48.5

Rainsford to Langford-Smith, no run, swing and miss, tries to go over the leg side

48.6

Rainsford to Langford-Smith, FOUR, oh boy, that's a shambles! Langford-Smith goes for huge heave over the leg side and it takes the top edge high out to deep square-leg. Chigumbura tries to get under it, but slips twice and ball loops over his head for a boundary...that will be replayed throughout the World Cup. In his defence the outfield is a little damp after the rain

End of over 49 (11 runs) Ireland 212/8 (RR: 4.32)
D Langford-Smith    9* (13b 1x4)      EC Rainsford    7-0-44-1
JP Bray    112* (135b 10x4 2x6)      CB Mpofu    9-3-49-1

Last over starts, on for 220 here

49.1

Mpofu to Bray, 2 runs, well placed out to deep cover

49.2

Mpofu to Bray, 1 run, thumping through the covers, but straight to the man on the fence

49.3

Mpofu to Langford-Smith, 2 runs, it's all happening! clever thinking from Rainsford as a low full toss is swung down to long off where he gets under it before his momentum carries him towards the ropes and he quickly releases it to prevent a six

49.4

Mpofu to Langford-Smith, 2 runs, another fumble in the outfield and another couple out to deep midwicket

49.5

Mpofu to Langford-Smith, 2 runs, well struck to long on, more excellent running but Mpofu also fumbled the return

49.6

Mpofu to Langford-Smith, OUT, final ball wicket, as a huge swipe goes high in the air and Taylor steadies himself under the catch

D Langford-Smith c †Taylor b Mpofu 15 (21m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.23

Here come Ireland and it'll be Dave Langford-Smith to open the bowling

Welcome back all. Will here. We've refuelled (albeit with a rather questionably curry pasty) and are nearly ready to get underway again. All we need now are the players and umpires, two important ingredients in staging a game of cricket.

Steven Price writes from Harare: "Zimbabwe should be able to overcome this score, especially as Ireland's bowling is not their strong suit. But if they fail, then the arguments for them to be booted out of mainstream international cricket will grow louder. It's worth remembering that when they lost to Bangladesh in February the players were told that another loss would mean the board taking their sponsored cars away and them walking to matches. I guess if they lose this time they will be rowing the Atlantic."

But what a great recovery from Ireland, 99 for 5 after 25 overs, and it is all down to Jeremy Bray with a magnificent 115 which will go down in the record books of Irish cricket...and now he has to do a TV interview "It feels pretty good, mate" he says with his Aussie twang. Batting 50 overs and then has to do an interview!

Bray says he isn't too sure what chance this score gives Ireland, but I reckon they are well in this match. A few early wickets will send major jitters through Zimbabwe, so please join us for the run chase in about half an hour.

End of over 50 (9 runs) Ireland 221/9
     CB Mpofu    10-3-58-2
JP Bray    115* (137b 10x4 2x6)      EC Rainsford    7-0-44-1
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Mar 15, 2007

An Irish leprechaun directs the revelry, Ireland v Zimbabwe, World Cup, Group D, Jamaica, March 15, 2007

An Irish leprechaun directs the revelry

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Andrew White and Ireland celebrate tying their thrilling match against Zimbabwe, Ireland v Zimbabwe, World Cup, Group D, Jamaica, March 15, 2007

Andrew White and Ireland celebrate tying their thrilling match against Zimbabwe

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