ICC World Cup - 21st match, Group D

West Indies v Ireland

West Indies won by 8 wickets (with 59 balls remaining) (D/L method)

9.25am Out come the players and we are ready to rumble ... Jerome Taylor to take the new ball.

9.10am Ireland have won the toss and will bat. "He's been our talisman," said Kyle McCallan of the disappointing news Trent Johnston misses out, and of the game: "It's big news back home but we see this as our responsibility. We're not going to Guyana and Barbados to finish eighth."

"Who has come in place of Brian Johnston," asks Rameez Raja. Now, we are all for cakes and jolly japes, but surely Johnners died in 1994? Perhaps he means Trent Johnston? That's the trouble with the smaller countries, you have to do your research ...

"I think it looks like a pretty good pitch," said Brian Lara. "Hopefully it will last 100 overs." He stepped over the banana skin issue. "If we play to our strengths, that's the most important thing. It doesn't matter who the opposition is - we will play to the best of our ability."

9.00am Welcome to our coverage of the final match in Group D between Ireland and West Indies. Both teams are through to the next stage, but this match matters in that the winners will carry forward two points. All very exciting.

0.1

Taylor to Bray, 1 wide, leg-side wide to start. started on leg stump and gently swung on further

0.1

Taylor to Bray, no run, zipped back into the left-hander, cut him in half and struck him high on the thigh. It missed the protection and that clearly hurt

0.2

Taylor to Bray, no run, again jagged back in at 88mph, through Bray's rather half-hearted prod but was shooting down the leg side

0.3

Taylor to Bray, no run, attempted yorker, almost on the button but a foot too full, Bray digs it out well

0.4

Taylor to Bray, no run, a hairy first over ... Bray shaped to flick to leg, he missed and it hit him on the gloves and looped into the off side, quite safe but he had no idea where that had gone

0.5

Taylor to Bray, 2 runs, full again, and this time Bray punches it off the back foot between cover and extra cover, well timed

0.6

Taylor to Bray, no run, the first one slanted across the right hander, Bray having none of it

End of over 1 (3 runs) Ireland 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
JP Bray    2* (6b)      JE Taylor    1-0-3-0
WTS Porterfield    0* (0b)     

Hot and sunny, no breeze, all rather pleasant, but the experts say that could mean rain later. Daren Powell gets the other end ...

1.1

Powell to Porterfield, no run, good line, a fraction short, and Porterfield plays inside the line quite deliberately

1.2

Powell to Porterfield, OUT, again a tad short, this time Porterfield tried to get over it but it was too big for him and an edge flew to Gayle at firstslip ... regulation catch at chest height, and that's Porterfield's second duck in three matches

WTS Porterfield c Gayle b Powell 0 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The highly-rated Eoin Morgan walks out ...

1.3

Powell to Morgan, 4 leg byes, leg-stump line, Morgan shimmies to the off and the ball flicks his pads and runs very fine, no chance of anyone catching that

1.4

Powell to Morgan, no run, through Morgan for pace - 86.9mph - although headed down the leg

1.5

Powell to Morgan, no run, Morgan back and into line, all very correct and safe

1.6

Powell to Morgan, no run, outside off- fired across Morgan at 89.5mph, and he leaves alone

Super opening over from Powell, just what Lara wanted. Ireland's batting has been rather fragile and they need to consolidate for a bit.

End of over 2 (4 runs, wicket maiden) Ireland 7/1 (RR: 3.50)
EJG Morgan    0* (4b)      DBL Powell    1-1-0-1
JP Bray    2* (6b)      JE Taylor    1-0-3-0

2.1

Taylor to Bray, no run, Bray into line and blocks into the off side

2.2

Taylor to Bray, 4 byes, short at 86mph and that took off like this is a NASA test track, Bray withdrew and the ball roared over Ramdin's outstretched hands. He never had a chance

2.3

Taylor to Bray, no run, better line and more conventional bounce, Bray blocks

2.4

Taylor to Bray, FOUR, short and wide, slashed by Bray in the air but there's nobody at backward point and despite the shout of "catch" from Taylor, that was safe and it raced to the rope

Lara moves from point to backward point. Cue the sound of a barn door shutting.

2.5

Taylor to Bray, no run, bat and pad jammed together, blocked

2.6

Taylor to Bray, no run, good line and length - 86mph - and a solid defensive block

End of over 3 (8 runs) Ireland 15/1 (RR: 5.00)
JP Bray    6* (12b 1x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-7-0
EJG Morgan    0* (4b)      DBL Powell    1-1-0-1

We are assured ticket sales are good. There must be a big traffic jam somewhere ...

3.1

Powell to Morgan, no run, slanted across Morgan who sways back and leaves it

3.2

Powell to Morgan, 1 run, checked drive, mid-off is a bit too deep and Morgan calls for the quick single

3.3

Powell to Bray, no run, too wide and left

3.4

Powell to Bray, no run, Bray looks for another cut, it was a bit quicker than he thought and it was through him before he was there

3.5

Powell to Bray, no run, loud and crisp appeal, Bray very late to jab his leg forward and that was hitting ... however, it pitched a foot outside the line and so a good decision

3.6

Powell to Bray, no run, flicked off the pads, well timed and four all the way ... but Dwayne Smith leapt to his left to field. He was only about ten yards from the bat, so amazing reactions

End of over 4 (1 run) Ireland 16/1 (RR: 4.00)
JP Bray    6* (16b 1x4)      DBL Powell    2-1-1-1
EJG Morgan    1* (6b)      JE Taylor    2-0-7-0

4.1

Taylor to Morgan, no run, a peach, right through Morgan who was left groping at air. 88mph ...

4.2

Taylor to Morgan, 2 runs, well played, leg stump, flicked past midwicket and Bradshaw does well to chase and limit them to two

4.3

Taylor to Morgan, no run, outside off, Morgan not interested

4.4

Taylor to Morgan, 1 run, caught back in the crease, a thick edge goes all along the ground to third man

4.5

Taylor to Bray, 1 run, short, pulled but not convincingly - I think it came off the toe of the bat - but still good enough to find the gap

4.6

Taylor to Morgan, SIX, short, hooked, Morgan not in control, although the ball flies off the top edge, over the wicketkeeper's head and clears the rope right behind him by a couple of feet

End of over 5 (10 runs) Ireland 26/1 (RR: 5.20)
EJG Morgan    10* (11b 1x6)      JE Taylor    3-0-17-0
JP Bray    7* (17b 1x4)      DBL Powell    2-1-1-1

5.1

Powell to Bray, 1 run, short and well directed, Bray tries to sway out of the line but ends up running the ball off the face and wide of second slip. Powell snarls ...

5.2

Powell to Morgan, no run, Morgan takes a big stride forward, thrusts out a pad and lets it go

5.3

Powell to Morgan, 1 run, wrong line, outside leg, and flicked niftily down to long leg

5.4

Powell to Bray, 1 run, tucked off his hip into the leg side, the ball goes no more than five yards and that allows them the quick single

5.5

Powell to Morgan, no run, half volley outside off, driven hard to Bradshaw at mid-off

5.6

Powell to Morgan, no run, full, driven but not timed and again Bradshaw fields

Sri Lanka are 71 for 2 in Trinidad against India. And a change of bowling. Ian Bradshaw on for the first time in the tournament.

End of over 6 (3 runs) Ireland 29/1 (RR: 4.83)
EJG Morgan    11* (15b 1x6)      DBL Powell    3-1-4-1
JP Bray    9* (19b 1x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-17-0

6.1

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, Bray forward, a decent line, blocked

6.2

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, short outside off, a wild swing from Bray, more baseball than cricket, and he misses. By a long way

6.3

Bradshaw to Bray, FOUR, eye of a needle, a lovely backfoot drive through point, finding a gap between two men that didn't seem to be there

6.4

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, again a bit short, Bray looks to pull over midwicket but doesn't time it and it bobbles to mid-on

6.5

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, defended with bat and pad together, the ball bobbles between the two and trickles through to the keeper

6.6

Bradshaw to Bray, 1 run, flicked off bat-hip to midwicket and the pair almost walk a single

End of over 7 (5 runs) Ireland 34/1 (RR: 4.85)
JP Bray    14* (25b 2x4)      IDR Bradshaw    1-0-5-0
EJG Morgan    11* (15b 1x6)      DBL Powell    3-1-4-1

7.1

Powell to Bray, no run, short, Bray shapes to hook/uppercut but that's too high for even him and he ends up with his bat high above him like an aerial.

7.2

Powell to Bray, no run, into Bray's body, an area where he looks far from happy, the ball hits him on the thigh pad, Bray briefly looks for a leg bye but it was never on as Powell races through to pick it up

7.3

Powell to Bray, no run, body-line again ( as opposed to Bodyline) and once more Bray cannot cope with it. It's through him and he ends up off balance and the ball lobs off his thigh to slip

7.4

Powell to Bray, no run, short, this time Bray sways out the way and lets it pass

Bray ponders life, sticks his tongue out and grins

7.5

Powell to Bray, no run, outside off, another mow from Bray which misses

7.6

Powell to Bray, FOUR, short and off side and Bray, given the room to free his arms, smacks that over the covers and it's four all the way

If he has width, he smacks the ball hard. But if it's on the line of his body, Bray looks all at sea.

End of over 8 (4 runs) Ireland 38/1 (RR: 4.75)
JP Bray    18* (31b 3x4)      DBL Powell    4-1-8-1
EJG Morgan    11* (15b 1x6)      IDR Bradshaw    1-0-5-0

8.1

Bradshaw to Morgan, no run, Morgan forward, pushes the ball firmly to mid-off

8.2

Bradshaw to Morgan, no run, assured drive, Bradshaw collects in his follow through without breaking stride

8.3

Bradshaw to Morgan, 1 run, turned between midwicket and mid-on, good placement and an easy run

8.4

Bradshaw to Bray, 1 run, turned to leg stump, worked with no pace to square leg

8.5

Bradshaw to Morgan, no run, decent line - 79mph - and solidly blocked

8.6

Bradshaw to Morgan, no run, full on off stump, Morgan jabs down and defends into the off side

Sri Lanka 86 for 2 (21.1 ov). A long meeting between the West Indies brains trust delays things a bit.

End of over 9 (2 runs) Ireland 40/1 (RR: 4.44)
EJG Morgan    12* (20b 1x6)      IDR Bradshaw    2-0-7-0
JP Bray    19* (32b 3x4)      DBL Powell    4-1-8-1

Lara moves a man into the leg side, and Powell coming round the wicket to Bray, to angle the ball at his body. How will Bray cope with this?

9.1

Powell to Bray, no run, outside off, Bray spars and misses

The field is set for him to bowl at Bray and to strangle him by giving him no width.

9.2

Powell to Bray, FOUR, oh dear. Lara sets the field and then Powell bowls just how he didn't want. Short and wide, Bray steer/cuts that over gully and it's four all the way

9.3

Powell to Bray, no run, better ... angled into Bray who gets forward to block

9.4

Powell to Bray, no run, short outside off and dreadfully wild and overambitious wipe from Bray

9.5

Powell to Bray, FOUR, Powell almost seems to be bowling under orders from Bray rather than his captain .... short, wide, and slashed over gully for another four. Not controlled but he hit that with extra vim and that was travelling

9.6

Powell to Bray, no run, another massive wipe from Bray to one outside the off stump, which he again misses

And it's a Powerplay as Billy Bowden impersonates a windmill. And it's Jenny Thompson, whose desk resembles a florist's shop ... Can't deny it, thanks Martin. The second Powerplay has been taken. Ah, and I dropped the baton there, didn't I, as you already knew about the Powerplay

End of over 10 (8 runs) Ireland 48/1 (RR: 4.80)
JP Bray    27* (38b 5x4)      DBL Powell    5-1-16-1
EJG Morgan    12* (20b 1x6)      IDR Bradshaw    2-0-7-0

10.1

Bradshaw to Morgan, no run, short, outside off and that's worked into the covers

10.2

Bradshaw to Morgan, 2 runs, drifting on to leg and that's played behind square with a mere hint of a tickle and that brings up Ireland's fifty, so it does

10.3

Bradshaw to Morgan, 1 run, driven to mid-on

The slip comes out and a man goes to deep backward square

10.4

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, defended forward

10.5

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, played forward again for another dot

10.6

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, pitched up on middle-and-leg and the batsman doesn't have many ideas what to do with that one

End of over 11 (3 runs) Ireland 51/1 (RR: 4.63)
JP Bray    27* (41b 5x4)      IDR Bradshaw    3-0-10-0
EJG Morgan    15* (23b 1x6)      DBL Powell    5-1-16-1

11.1

Powell to Morgan, 1 run, across the lefthander with a touch of width and he plays that down off the back foot behind point

Morgan takes his guard again, a touch towards you...etc

11.2

Powell to Bray, no run, oh, hello. That was close and Bray knows he was nearly a gonner that time, stepping into the shot with a headrush of a whoosh into it, an attempted cover drive - so nearly got an edge there

11.3

Powell to Bray, no run, straight and that's defended off the back foot into the covers

11.4

Powell to Bray, no run, defended

11.5

Powell to Bray, no run, crunched along the ground straight to the man at cover

11.6

Powell to Bray, 1 run, played out to point and Bray bags the strike

End of over 12 (2 runs) Ireland 53/1 (RR: 4.41)
JP Bray    28* (46b 5x4)      DBL Powell    6-1-18-1
EJG Morgan    16* (24b 1x6)      IDR Bradshaw    3-0-10-0

12.1

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, down leg and the bottom hand comes up and off the bat with trying to play that into square

12.2

Bradshaw to Bray, FOUR, left-armer to lefthander and that's wide and driven through cover

12.3

Bradshaw to Bray, 2 runs, on off and that's pulled very powerfully in front of midwicket, but Powell chases it down on the boundary, doing very well to cut off the runs with a sliding stop

12.4

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, good delivery, straight and that's defended

12.5

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, straight and tries to rush that off the back foot to midwicket

12.6

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, ooh, he likes the look of that one, short and wide, and the batsman cuts over the top, the ball nearly taking the under edge

Ireland will be pleased with their position right now. Bray's had one or two headrushes, but he's still there to fight another day

End of over 13 (6 runs) Ireland 59/1 (RR: 4.53)
JP Bray    34* (52b 6x4)      IDR Bradshaw    4-0-16-0
EJG Morgan    16* (24b 1x6)      DBL Powell    6-1-18-1

13.1

Powell to Morgan, no run, defended forward

13.2

Powell to Morgan, no run, good delivery, outside off and tempting Morgan this time, trying to drive that one, but the length wasn't quite there - and he nearly had him

13.3

Powell to Morgan, no run, left alone outside off this time

13.4

Powell to Morgan, 1 run, got away with that one - a far-from-convincing uppish drive which sends the ball popping up in front of cover off a leading edge, bouncing agonisingly in front of the inner ring

13.5

Powell to Bray, no run, dropped. Bray gets a let-off there, driving that straight to Samuels in the covers and he just shelled it. Powell is magnanimous there, just smiling and shaking his head

13.6

Powell to Bray, no run, rushes that one past the outside edge

"Isn't it time to try with Bravo or Gayle," writes Brian Chung. "Powell doesn't seem to be doing anything with the ball ... Lara needs to make up his mind as to what his strategy is... take wickets or stifle the run rate... can't do both at the same time."

End of over 14 (1 run) Ireland 60/1 (RR: 4.28)
JP Bray    34* (54b 6x4)      DBL Powell    7-1-19-1
EJG Morgan    17* (28b 1x6)      IDR Bradshaw    4-0-16-0

14.1

Bradshaw to Morgan, no run, driven straight to cover

14.2

Bradshaw to Morgan, no run, pushed right up there on off and that's defended straight into the ground in front of his toes and just sticks on the turf

14.3

Bradshaw to Morgan, 1 run, outside edge pulled round behind square

14.4

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, rises on the balls of his feet and drives that straight to cover

14.5

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, on leg and that's worked to fine leg. Neat work with a pick-up-and-throw from Bravo which just misses the sticks by inches

14.6

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, defended on the back foot and will they run? No, they decide to "Wait there!"

And that's drinks. Make everyone's a cold one, it's hot work out there. Bad news for New Zealand, meanwhile, Daryl Tuffey's been ruled out of the World Cup after injuring his right arm in the Kiwis' victory against Canada yesterday. Sri Lanka are 109 for 3, meanwhile, against India in what's a must-win for the Indians. In Jamaica, the fans are continuing to filter in for this match. Ireland are chugging along quite nicely now, but still looking like they could lose a wicket at any moment. The third Powerplay has been taken, by the way.

End of over 15 (1 run) Ireland 61/1 (RR: 4.06)
JP Bray    34* (57b 6x4)      IDR Bradshaw    5-0-17-0
EJG Morgan    18* (31b 1x6)      DBL Powell    7-1-19-1

15.1

Powell to Morgan, no run, defended into the covers

15.2

Powell to Morgan, no run, outside off and that's driven straight to the man at cover

15.3

Powell to Morgan, OUT, comes down the wicket looking to hook that short one and that's a really good catch from the keeper Ramdin. He had to sprint a fair mile to pick that one, two other fielders in pursuit, too, and in the end he took it just inside the boundary with a showboating dive to make Cristiano Ronaldo proud. Nevertheless, that was some really excellent work

EJG Morgan c †Ramdin b Powell 18 (66m 34b 0x4 1x6) SR: 52.94

That's a big blow for Ireland and that wicket has immediately lifted West Indian spirits. They look good for another one, soon, too

15.4

Powell to Bray, no run, driven to cover, Bray facing because they crossed

15.5

Powell to Bray, no run, worked into midwicket but a loud call of "No!" has everyone in no doubt whether they will be running or not

15.6

Powell to Bray, no run, lovely ball to bring up an impressive wicket maiden, that one shooting over Bray's outside edge

The momentum's all with West Indies' bowlers right now and the crowd is backing them up with some real Caribbean cheer

End of over 16 (wicket maiden) Ireland 61/2 (RR: 3.81)
JP Bray    34* (60b 6x4)      DBL Powell    8-2-19-2
NJ O'Brien    0* (0b)      IDR Bradshaw    5-0-17-0

16.1

Bradshaw to NJ O'Brien, no run, on the money and O'Brien works his first ball tidily in front of short midwicket

16.2

Bradshaw to NJ O'Brien, no run, just outside off, on a good length, and the batsman defends into that shot, working it into the short midwicket region

16.3

Bradshaw to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, taken off the toes and that's played out to deep backward square leg where it's neatly returned

16.4

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, defended on the front foot into the covers

16.5

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, short, straying on to leg, and Bray's having difficulties in dealing with balls on that line, a bit of a blind spot for him. This time he heaves into the midwicket, but connects only with air

16.6

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, another pacy delivery from Bradshaw and that one takes an edge which flies behind the sticks and bounces way in front of Ramdin

One or two leaping Leprechauns in the crowd, there. I suspect that's fancy dress

End of over 17 (1 run) Ireland 62/2 (RR: 3.64)
JP Bray    34* (63b 6x4)      IDR Bradshaw    6-0-18-0
NJ O'Brien    1* (3b)      DBL Powell    8-2-19-2

17.1

Powell to NJ O'Brien, 1 wide, down leg, short, and that's gone wide

17.1

Powell to NJ O'Brien, no run, defended on the front foot into the leg side

17.2

Powell to NJ O'Brien, no run, across the lefthander with a touch of width and that's driven into the covers

17.3

Powell to NJ O'Brien, no run, on leg and poked back into the midwicket region for a quick single

17.4

Powell to NJ O'Brien, no run, across the lefthander and that dies on the pitch, the ball hardly bouncing up much and the batsman cuts over it

17.5

Powell to NJ O'Brien, no run, attempted slower ball of a yorker, there, and the batsman drives the ball back into the ground at the bowler

17.6

Powell to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, wristed all the way to the boundary through midwicket

End of over 18 (5 runs) Ireland 67/2 (RR: 3.72)
NJ O'Brien    5* (9b 1x4)      DBL Powell    9-2-24-2
JP Bray    34* (63b 6x4)      IDR Bradshaw    6-0-18-0

18.1

Bradshaw to Bray, 1 run, edge through gully and that's collected inside the third-man boundary and winged back in

18.2

Bradshaw to NJ O'Brien, no run, worked off the front foot into short midwicket

18.3

Bradshaw to NJ O'Brien, no run, driven slowly and straight to the man at cover

18.4

Bradshaw to NJ O'Brien, no run, on a good length on off and that's defended tidily enough

18.5

Bradshaw to NJ O'Brien, no run, slower ball, just back of a length, and that's played into the short midwicket region without much power

18.6

Bradshaw to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, short, outside off, and that's deposited in front of the midwicket rope, with a neat flick up off the hips. Bravo impresses again by chasing it down

Jerome Taylor comes back into the attack

End of over 19 (3 runs) Ireland 70/2 (RR: 3.68)
NJ O'Brien    7* (14b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    7-0-21-0
JP Bray    35* (64b 6x4)      DBL Powell    9-2-24-2

19.1

Taylor to Bray, no run, driven out to cover, straight to the man, but lest there be any doubt about the run there's a loud shout of "No!"

19.2

Taylor to Bray, 1 run, on off, dinked down, and that's well run with a tip-and-run style of single

19.3

Taylor to NJ O'Brien, no run, left alone outside off, that one rushing through past the shoulder

19.4

Taylor to NJ O'Brien, no run, defended down off the back foot

19.5

Taylor to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, width outside off and that's played very strongly indeed of the back foot. That hits the rope, despite the best efforts of the chasing fielder

19.6

Taylor to NJ O'Brien, no run, defended off the back foot and that rounds off the first 20 overs

That's the end of the Powerplays and of my fun for now, because here's a man who knows about fun - it's Martin Williamson

End of over 20 (5 runs) Ireland 75/2 (RR: 3.75)
NJ O'Brien    11* (18b 2x4)      JE Taylor    4-0-22-0
JP Bray    36* (66b 6x4)      IDR Bradshaw    7-0-21-0

Yeh. Mr Fun, that's me.

20.1

Bradshaw to Bray, 1 run, pulled but an edge into body rather than a middle, and it bobbles down to long leg

20.2

Bradshaw to NJ O'Brien, OUT, that's a big wicket. O'Brien undone by a little movement off the seam, he fends and a clearcut edge is meat and drink for Ramdin as he takes a step to his left

NJ O'Brien c †Ramdin b Bradshaw 11 (21m 19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 57.89

And the leprechauns are back and dancing ...

20.3

Bradshaw to Botha, no run, very wide and Botha shoulders arms. A good one to have as a sighter

20.4

Bradshaw to Botha, 1 run, pushed into the leg side, a stroll to get off the mark

20.5

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, very correct forward defensive, head over the ball, cue purring noises at Lord's

20.6

Bradshaw to Bray, no run, Bray back and gently pats the ball back to Bradshaw

End of over 21 (2 runs) Ireland 77/3 (RR: 3.66)
JP Bray    37* (69b 6x4)      IDR Bradshaw    8-0-23-1
AC Botha    1* (2b)      JE Taylor    4-0-22-0

21.1

Taylor to Botha, no run, Botha pushes at a ball very wide of him, never over it, and he got away with it as the edge dropped a few feet short of second slip

21.2

Taylor to Botha, no run, Botha learned from his mistake and left one alone that was much closer to him

21.3

Taylor to Botha, 1 run, rather uppish drive, a thick edge down to third man. Quite safe, but Botha looks scratchy

21.4

Taylor to Bray, FOUR, living dangerously ... another edged drive which flies through third slip, all along the ground and Chanderpaul at third man can't cut that off

21.5

Taylor to Bray, no run, slower ball - 69mph - which Bray read and left

21.6

Taylor to Bray, OUT, a limp end to a real curate's egg of an innings. An even slower ball - 67mph - and a half volley as well, Bray drives and all he does is chip the ball to Lendl Simmons, the substitute, mid-off - a return to the bowler goes harder than that - and he's on his way

JP Bray c sub (LMP Simmons) b Taylor 41 (105m 72b 7x4 0x6) SR: 56.94

Bray slashed and missed more times than I care to mention, but in between he played some super shots. But no doubt other sides have learned that you bowl at his body and he's half the force.

End of over 22 (5 runs) Ireland 82/4 (RR: 3.72)
     JE Taylor    5-0-27-1
AC Botha    2* (5b)      IDR Bradshaw    8-0-23-1

22.1

Bradshaw to Botha, no run, short and Botha sways out of the way

22.2

Bradshaw to Botha, no run, prodded into the off side

22.3

Bradshaw to Botha, no run, more oohs ands aahs than a rollercoster ride as Botha swings and misses

22.4

Bradshaw to Botha, FOUR, lovely shot, wide and a half volley, Botha leans back and drives that with power through the covers

22.5

Bradshaw to Botha, no run, slower ball, Botha not fooled, he waits and blocks

22.6

Bradshaw to Botha, no run, hurried defence into the leg side, Botha going nowhere and he calls quickly to send his partner, who was a third of the way down the pitch, scrambling back

End of over 23 (4 runs) Ireland 86/4 (RR: 3.73)
AC Botha    6* (11b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    9-0-27-1
KJ O'Brien    0* (0b)      JE Taylor    5-0-27-1

Jerome Taylor back to torment the middle order

23.1

Taylor to KJ O'Brien, 1 wide, horrible wide to kick off his second spell

23.1

Taylor to KJ O'Brien, no run, banged in, O'Brien ducks and it clips his shoulder as he goes down. A half-hearted appeal from somewhere, even though the ball was taken by Ramdin on the bounce

23.2

Taylor to KJ O'Brien, no run, another bouncer, this time successfully ducked. But why is that not a no-ball as that's two in a row?

23.3

Taylor to KJ O'Brien, no run, full and driven up to mid-off

23.4

Taylor to KJ O'Brien, no run, at 70mph, that was almost 20mph slower than the previous ball but O'Brien reads it

23.5

Taylor to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, pushed to cover, Smith on it quickly and O'Brien would have been run-out by yards at the non-striker's end had the throw hit

23.6

Taylor to Botha, 2 runs, wide, driven through the covers, good placement

Over in Trinidad, Sri Lanka are 161 for 4 after 37 overs against India.

End of over 24 (4 runs) Ireland 90/4 (RR: 3.75)
AC Botha    8* (12b 1x4)      JE Taylor    6-0-31-1
KJ O'Brien    1* (5b)      IDR Bradshaw    9-0-27-1

Dwayne Bravo gets an outing

24.1

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, (no ball) 1 run, starts with a no-ball, driven square and a good one-handed pick-up by third man sprinting round to his right

24.1

Bravo to Botha, no run, Botha back to steer the ball into the covers

24.2

Bravo to Botha, 2 runs, too much width once more, controlled drive wide of third man who makes up good ground

24.3

Bravo to Botha, no run, decent response (77.3mph) forcing Botha to jab down quickly

24.4

Bravo to Botha, no run, Botha down on one knee to play a slashing Caribbean-style drive ... the shame is he missed

24.5

Bravo to Botha, no run, Botha plays a drive on the walk, mid-off fields

24.6

Bravo to Botha, 1 run, yet again Bravo invites the cover drive by bowling too wide and the offer is accepted

End of over 25 (5 runs) Ireland 95/4 (RR: 3.80)
AC Botha    11* (18b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-5-0
KJ O'Brien    2* (6b)      JE Taylor    6-0-31-1

Chris Gayle, sunglasses and all, into the attack from the George Headley End.

25.1

Gayle to Botha, no run, Botha forward, watchful

25.2

Gayle to Botha, no run, and again, all very safe

25.3

Gayle to Botha, 1 run, worked drive wide of mid-on

Over the wicket to the right hander.

25.4

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien forward and steers to point

25.5

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, driven up to longish-on, easy run

25.6

Gayle to Botha, no run, short, Botha back but doesn't time it and the ball is easily fielded by short extra cover

End of over 26 (2 runs) Ireland 97/4 (RR: 3.73)
AC Botha    12* (22b 1x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-2-0
KJ O'Brien    3* (8b)      DJ Bravo    1-0-5-0

26.1

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, slower ball, O'Brien waits and punches the ball behind point

26.2

Bravo to Botha, no run, short, Botha thinks about hooking, thinks again and pulls out of the shot

26.3

Bravo to Botha, 1 run, flicked to leg side, neatly placed

26.4

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien back to block, very correct and the ball bangs into the ground at his feet and bobbles off to safety

26.5

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, a missed swish to leg, the ball runs off the pads and into the on side, a rather weak appeal from the bowler but that was heading down the leg

26.6

Bravo to Botha, no run, Lara, despite advancing years, throws himself to his right at short extra, to save the run. Big cheers and Lara rather stiffly regains his feet

End of over 27 (3 runs) Ireland 100/4 (RR: 3.70)
AC Botha    13* (25b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-7-0
KJ O'Brien    4* (11b)      CH Gayle    1-0-2-0

27.1

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, no run, backfoot poke, missed

27.2

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, no run, plopped into the off side

27.3

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, no run, down the track, flicked to Lara at short midwicket

27.4

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, pushed to backward point, good quick call from the non striker

27.5

Gayle to Botha, no run, gently turns past the bat, it went with the arm, an appeal but not likely to be given as it hit him outside the line

27.6

Gayle to Botha, no run, pushed into the off side

The flag police have just pounced and removed a non ICC-approved banner. Quite right ... appalling behaviour.

End of over 28 (1 run) Ireland 101/4 (RR: 3.60)
AC Botha    13* (27b 1x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-3-0
KJ O'Brien    5* (15b)      DJ Bravo    2-0-7-0

28.1

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, no run, creasebound block, a thin inside edge saved him from a certain lbw

28.2

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, no run, more assured, safely defended

28.3

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, no run, short, trampoline bounce and O'Brien swings at air as it passes over his shoulder

28.4

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, no run, slower 67mph ball, gently driven to Lara at short extra cover

28.5

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien right back on his stumps to block

28.6

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, another swish and a miss, the ball was heading down the leg side anyhow, but it bobbles out square and they get the leg bye

End of over 29 (1 run, maiden) Ireland 102/4 (RR: 3.51)
KJ O'Brien    5* (21b)      DJ Bravo    3-1-7-0
AC Botha    13* (27b 1x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-3-0

29.1

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien misses a really slow one ... somehow

29.2

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, no run, cross-batted heave, loud appeal as he misses but just outside the line

29.3

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, no run, patted to mid-on

29.4

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, no run, another miss, this time trying an expansive drive

29.5

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, worked round the corner, at least that breaks the stranglehold

29.6

Gayle to Botha, 1 run, clipped square for one

Good over from Gayle. As ever, no pace, almost no spin, but accurate and they just cannot get after him.

End of over 30 (2 runs) Ireland 104/4 (RR: 3.46)
AC Botha    14* (28b 1x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-5-0
KJ O'Brien    6* (26b)      DJ Bravo    3-1-7-0

30.1

Bravo to Botha, no run, Botha forward, blocks, no alarms, little excitement for the large Irish contingent

30.2

Bravo to Botha, SIX, I spoke too soon! A cracking drive hit straight back over Bravo's head for six. Lovely shot and that's woken the crowd up

30.3

Bravo to Botha, 1 leg bye, into the leg side off the pad

30.4

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien right back, drops the ball at his feet and it bounces over and past the stumps

30.5

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, no run, shapes to flick to leg, gets a thick edge into his thigh and Ramdin quickly round to field as the ball heads to the wide open spaces in the slips

30.6

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien stands tall, punches to point who is in like a comet ... well, quite quickly

And on that note, Billy Bowden calls for drinks.

End of over 31 (7 runs) Ireland 111/4 (RR: 3.58)
KJ O'Brien    6* (29b)      DJ Bravo    4-1-13-0
AC Botha    20* (31b 1x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    3-0-5-0

Sri Lanka 212 for 4 in the 45th over. Interesting game there. India have to win to stay in the competition and keep millions of fans, not to mention the money men, happy. Tense times.

31.1

Gayle to Botha, 1 run, steps back and cuts to the man in the deep at backward point

31.2

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, no run, driven back to Gayle who fields with ease

31.3

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, no run, two steps, gently flicked into the leg side

31.4

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, stands tall and drops three yards into the off, a good, quick run

31.5

Gayle to Botha, 1 run, flicked off a thick edge to deep square leg

31.6

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, premeditated paddle more than a sweep, over Ramdin's shoulder

And now, back from doing I am not sure what, here's Jenny Tulip ... Thank you, Martin Shamrock. Adding lovely Kenya practice photos, if you must know

End of over 32 (4 runs) Ireland 115/4 (RR: 3.59)
KJ O'Brien    8* (33b)      CH Gayle    4-0-9-0
AC Botha    22* (33b 1x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    4-1-13-0

32.1

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, taken from outside off and smashed uppishly, but safely, through midwicket

32.2

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, no run, defended this time

32.3

Bravo to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, outside off, full delivery, and that's driven strongly through cover, leaning into that shot

32.4

Bravo to Botha, no run, short and the batsman pulls out of that one, turning his back and getting out of the way just in time as that fires past his shoulder

32.5

Bravo to Botha, 1 wide, ducks down and allows that straight bouncer - oh, it's a wide - to fly way above him

32.5

Bravo to Botha, no run, slower delivery and there's a scream of an LBW shout but that pitched outside leg stump

32.6

Bravo to Botha, no run, another bouncer to end the over has the batsman sitting on the floor in his efforts to avoid that one

End of over 33 (6 runs) Ireland 121/4 (RR: 3.66)
AC Botha    22* (36b 1x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    5-1-19-0
KJ O'Brien    13* (36b 1x4)      CH Gayle    4-0-9-0

33.1

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, no run, drags that one a touch short outside off and that's driven off the back foot into the covers

33.2

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, driven off the front foot this time, to the sweeper on the off side

33.3

Gayle to Botha, 1 run, outside off and that's taken from there and swept, on one knee, to midwicket

33.4

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, no run, "Catch it, Brav", says Ramdin but the chip back bounced way short

33.5

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, no run, another chip, another one very short

33.6

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, waits patiently and then turns that one to short fine leg

Samuels into the attack to partner Gayle

End of over 34 (3 runs) Ireland 124/4 (RR: 3.64)
KJ O'Brien    15* (41b 1x4)      CH Gayle    5-0-12-0
AC Botha    23* (37b 1x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    5-1-19-0

34.1

Samuels to KJ O'Brien, no run, on off, the batsman gets over that and works it without much power to short midwicket

34.2

Samuels to KJ O'Brien, no run, right up there and that crashes into the pad, maybe with a touch of edge, outside the line

34.3

Samuels to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, worked off the back foot to just inside the cover boundary

34.4

Samuels to Botha, 1 run, outside off, full, and that's driven without much power to cover

34.5

Samuels to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, wide outside off, that turns in just a touch, and is promptly driven back out to cover

34.6

Samuels to Botha, 1 run, driven to the man sweeping on the off-side boundary for another tame single

Ireland are stuttering here with 15 overs left on the clock. They'll need to pick up the pace if they're to set West Indies a tricky target, but they're being somewhat squeezed by the spinners

End of over 35 (4 runs) Ireland 128/4 (RR: 3.65)
AC Botha    25* (39b 1x4 1x6)      MN Samuels    1-0-4-0
KJ O'Brien    17* (45b 1x4)      CH Gayle    5-0-12-0

35.1

Gayle to Botha, no run, defended forward

35.2

Gayle to Botha, no run, tries to sweep that one off the pads, as it pitches on off and turns back to leg

35.3

Gayle to Botha, 1 run, got it away this time, but only to long-on

35.4

Gayle to KJ O'Brien, OUT, short delivery and that one's sent high to Sarwan running way in off the rope at midwicket and he holds on comfortably

KJ O'Brien c Sarwan b Gayle 17 (51m 46b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.95

That wicket was a result of the building pressure. Andrew White is the new man in, but won't be facing as they crossed

35.5

Gayle to Botha, no run, comes forward to defend on the front foot, and kill the bounce

35.6

Gayle to Botha, no run, more stifling defence on the front foot, the ball pushed right up there

Taylor back into the attack

End of over 36 (1 run) Ireland 129/5 (RR: 3.58)
AC Botha    26* (44b 1x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    6-0-13-1
AR White    0* (0b)      MN Samuels    1-0-4-0

36.1

Taylor to White, 2 runs, nudged to the on side for a couple to get off the mark first ball

36.2

Taylor to White, no run, defended on the front foot, the ball pitching just outside off and on a good length

36.3

Taylor to White, no run, shuffled into the covers but they decide not to run

36.4

Taylor to White, 1 run, played off the back foot behind point and they do run this time

36.5

Taylor to Botha, 1 leg bye, on leg and that's rushed into the leg side

36.6

Taylor to White, no run, attempted bouncer, doesn't quite get it right, with one that rushes over leg and keeps swinging on

End of over 37 (4 runs) Ireland 133/5 (RR: 3.59)
AR White    3* (5b)      JE Taylor    7-0-34-1
AC Botha    26* (45b 1x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    6-0-13-1

37.1

Gayle to Botha, 1 wide, outside off and he tries to cut over that one - but that's just too wide

37.1

Gayle to Botha, no run, that was close and there was some confusion in trying to rotate the strike so much

37.2

Gayle to Botha, no run, defended forward

37.3

Gayle to Botha, 1 run, dinked down and they choose the single this time

37.4

Gayle to White, 1 run, swept up off one knee and that's popped into the leg side

37.5

Gayle to Botha, no run, defended down off the back foot

37.6

Gayle to Botha, no run, played down off the back foot once more

End of over 38 (3 runs) Ireland 136/5 (RR: 3.57)
AC Botha    27* (50b 1x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    7-0-16-1
AR White    4* (6b)      JE Taylor    7-0-34-1

38.1

Taylor to White, 1 wide, down leg and that's chased down by the batsman, but with no success

Heavy clouds hanging overhead

38.1

Taylor to White, 1 run, played down off the back foot backward of point

38.2

Taylor to Botha, no run, defended forward, looking for the straight drive, but it's not on

38.3

Taylor to Botha, no run, short and that's defended down into space

38.4

Taylor to Botha, no run, that one's rushed past the outside edge

38.5

Taylor to Botha, 1 run, too much width on off and that's driven out to extra cover - they were looking for two, but Samuels has a good arm, there

38.6

Taylor to White, no run, short, outside off, and that's defended down off the back foot

End of over 39 (3 runs) Ireland 139/5 (RR: 3.56)
AR White    5* (8b)      JE Taylor    8-0-37-1
AC Botha    28* (54b 1x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    7-0-16-1

39.1

Gayle to Botha, no run, pitches straight and that's defended forward

39.2

Gayle to Botha, OUT, goes to pull that one and that's outside-edged high to gully and that's easily held

AC Botha c †Ramdin b Gayle 28 (76m 56b 1x4 1x6) SR: 50.00

39.3

Gayle to White, no run, defended forward

39.4

Gayle to White, 1 run, skewed round behind square

39.5

Gayle to McCallan, no run, full and that's defended forward off the toes

39.6

Gayle to McCallan, 1 run, inched off the front foot to square

Ireland need something pretty explosive in the last ten overs, but at the moment it's looking like they'll come up way short of a competitive total. Here is Samuels

End of over 40 (2 runs) Ireland 141/6 (RR: 3.52)
WK McCallan    1* (2b)      CH Gayle    8-0-18-2
AR White    6* (10b)      JE Taylor    8-0-37-1

40.1

Samuels to McCallan, no run, on target and the batsman can't force that one away

40.2

Samuels to McCallan, 1 run, down on one knee and swept square

40.3

Samuels to White, 1 run, played square again

40.4

Samuels to McCallan, FOUR, helped that one on its way with a fine tickle through fine leg and that's a rare, but welcome, boundary

40.5

Samuels to McCallan, no run, nudged into midwicket, but straight to the fielder

40.6

Samuels to McCallan, no run, same ball, same result

Gayle starts his ninth over

End of over 41 (6 runs) Ireland 147/6 (RR: 3.58)
WK McCallan    6* (7b 1x4)      MN Samuels    2-0-10-0
AR White    7* (11b)      CH Gayle    8-0-18-2

41.1

Gayle to White, no run, on the money and the batsman can't get any purchase

41.2

Gayle to White, no run, tries to sweep that to fine leg

41.3

Gayle to White, 1 run, short, straight and that's picked into the midwicket region

41.4

Gayle to McCallan, no run, defended again

41.5

Gayle to McCallan, 1 run, single round to the 45

41.6

Gayle to White, no run, waits and brings his wrists over it to work it down to Lara at midwicket

End of over 42 (2 runs) Ireland 149/6 (RR: 3.54)
AR White    8* (15b)      CH Gayle    9-0-20-2
WK McCallan    7* (9b 1x4)      MN Samuels    2-0-10-0

42.1

Samuels to McCallan, 1 run, outside off and that jinks back in to the righthander who works that in front of midwicket

42.2

Samuels to White, 1 run, straighter and that dibble into midwicket brings up Ireland's 150

42.3

Samuels to McCallan, no run, on off stump and that's defended forward

42.4

Samuels to McCallan, 1 run, glanced off the toes in front of midwicket but they turn down the idea of a second

42.5

Samuels to White, no run, straight, and defended forward

42.6

Samuels to White, 1 run, eased behind square for a quick single

The rain's holding off - just to say - at the moment

End of over 43 (4 runs) Ireland 153/6 (RR: 3.55)
AR White    10* (18b)      MN Samuels    3-0-14-0
WK McCallan    9* (12b 1x4)      CH Gayle    9-0-20-2

43.1

Gayle to White, no run, reverse swept to short third man

43.2

Gayle to White, 1 run, swept to square leg again

43.3

Gayle to McCallan, no run, tries to sweep, doesn't get hold of it

43.4

Gayle to McCallan, no run, comes forward and stands tall to defend with a straight bat

43.5

Gayle to McCallan, 1 run, turned off the toes into square

43.6

Gayle to White, 1 run, on a good length, outside off, and that's worked to point

End of over 44 (3 runs) Ireland 156/6 (RR: 3.54)
AR White    12* (21b)      CH Gayle    10-0-23-2
WK McCallan    10* (15b 1x4)      MN Samuels    3-0-14-0

44.1

Samuels to White, no run, nips back in off the seam and that's turned into the square

44.2

Samuels to White, no run, right up there, quicker one, "Oh yes, Samuels", and the batsman does well to dig it out - he knows it, too, laughing

44.3

Samuels to White, no run, defended forward this time

44.4

Samuels to White, 1 run, taken from outside off and swept right out to the midwicket boundary

44.5

Samuels to McCallan, no run, turned to midwicket, but straight to the fielder

44.6

Samuels to McCallan, no run, attempted reverse sweep edges into his helmet, but he's unscathed

Bravo back into the attack now

End of over 45 (1 run) Ireland 157/6 (RR: 3.48)
WK McCallan    10* (17b 1x4)      MN Samuels    4-0-15-0
AR White    13* (25b)      CH Gayle    10-0-23-2

45.1

Bravo to White, 2 runs, short and that's helped out to the midwicket boundary where Chanderpaul throws it back in

45.2

Bravo to White, 2 runs, slower ball, not very well disguised, and that's worked out to the sweeper on the off-side boundary

1.50pm The news is that Ireland will bat until 48 overs and they are aiming to start in the next few minutes. In fact, here we go again!!

1.40pm And, yes, the covers are heading back to storage and we may well be resume soon.

1.35pm The covers are off and about 30 people are walking around looking earnest, nodding and pointing ... it's like a Tellytubbies convention. The groundstaff have not taken the tarpaulins away, they are lurking on the square waiting to be summoned. News expected sometime soon ...

1.15pm It's gray and wet and all very depressing. The covers, which are glinting with rainwater, remain in place and the groundsmen, resplendent in their yellow sou'westers, are walking fairly aimlessly around.

1.05pm Still raining here and not much sign of things getting any better in the short term.

Rain, rain, go away. The men in mustard charge on, oh no, they're actually taking their time, to get the blue covers on.

It's still bucketing down - well, not with buckets, but you know what we mean - but I've got an update-of-sorts. West Indies' Duckworth Lewis target would be 178 off 45 if the rest of these overs are lost. There's a fair amount of time before it comes to that, though.

45.3

Bravo to White, 1 run, leans back, cuts over the vacant slips and third man fields

45.4

Bravo to McCallan, 1 run, slower ball, he waits ... and waits ... and eventually prods the ball into the covers

45.5

Bravo to White, OUT, White steps across in an attempt to paddle the ball round the corner - fine leg is up - but he misses and Bravo hits

AR White b Bravo 18 (33m 29b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.06

45.6

Bravo to Mooney, OUT, an absolute snorter, on a line, rasping through at chest height and Mooney gloves it, Ramdin doing the rest. Two in two for Bravo, and Mooney's World Cup debut ends within seconds

JF Mooney c †Ramdin b Bravo 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 46 (6 runs) Ireland 163/8 (RR: 3.54)
     DJ Bravo    6-1-25-2
WK McCallan    11* (18b 1x4)      MN Samuels    4-0-15-0

46.1

Samuels to McCallan, 1 run, short, pulled round the corner

46.2

Samuels to Langford-Smith, 1 run, faster one, fired it at off stump, he jabs the bat down just in time and squirts the ball to backward point

46.3

Samuels to McCallan, 1 run, paddled through midwicket, no second to Smith

46.4

Samuels to Langford-Smith, no run, quicker delivery, hit limply back and Samuels across to field

46.5

Samuels to Langford-Smith, FOUR, full toss, a big swish which he slices, and that takes it for four square on the off

46.6

Samuels to Langford-Smith, 1 run, another quicker one, squeezed out on the leg

Six balls to go ... remember, a reduced 48 overs.

End of over 47 (8 runs) Ireland 171/8 (RR: 3.63)
D Langford-Smith    6* (4b 1x4)      MN Samuels    5-0-23-0
WK McCallan    13* (20b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    6-1-25-2

Bravo on a hat-trick ... the crowd are on fire ...

47.1

Bravo to Langford-Smith, 1 leg bye, speared in at leg stump, right through the prod, a loud appeal but heading down the leg, it cannons off the pad and into the off side

A great attempt ... so close.

47.2

Bravo to McCallan, 1 run, slower ball, McCallan waits and punches it through the covers, but there's a man in the deep

47.3

Bravo to Langford-Smith, 2 runs, swung high into the covers, Powell sprints round from long-on and his lunge just falls short. Great attempt ... he must have run 30 yards

47.4

Bravo to Langford-Smith, 1 leg bye, slower one, full, the batsman swung far too early and missed, again a loud shout and another not-out call. It looked close but the replay showed the umpire was spot on

47.5

Bravo to McCallan, no run, a slow - 62mph - off break which thoroughly bamboozles the batsman and he swipes at air

47.6

Bravo to McCallan, (no ball) FOUR, no-ball, McCallan paddles a slower one round the corner, very fine, and Taylor cannot quite cut it off. His sprint takes him over the rope and into the dressing-rooms ...

47.6

Bravo to McCallan, 2 runs, driven to long-on, Powell was slow as he never thought they would try for the second, but they did and he was left looking a bit red faced

So off they all go again. And now comes the bit which I will under no circumstances try to explain. West Indies will chase 190 off 48 overs. Yes, I know Ireland only got 183 for 8. All Questions to Messrs Duckworth and Lewis. Warming to the task of producing unexplainable numbers, the break between innings will be ... 13 minutes. Not 12, not 14. I am off for a lie down. Jenny Flowers will be back to start the West Indies chase ... No relation of the Flowers, obviously, because their surname isn't plural. Hello again, the Ireland team is on the pitch now.

It's Dave Longford-Smith to open up now

End of over 48 (12 runs) Ireland 183/8
WK McCallan    20* (24b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    7-1-35-2
D Langford-Smith    8* (7b 1x4)      MN Samuels    5-0-23-0
Tournament Results
Australia v Sri Lanka at Bridgetown - Apr 28, 2007
Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)
Australia v South Africa at Gros Islet - Apr 25, 2007
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining)
New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Kingston - Apr 24, 2007
Sri Lanka won by 81 runs
West Indies v England at Bridgetown - Apr 21, 2007
England won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)
Australia v New Zealand at St George's - Apr 20, 2007
Australia won by 215 runs
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Mar 23, 2007

Shivnarine Chanderpaul pulls another four, West Indies v Ireland, Group D, Kingston, March 23, 2007

Shivnarine Chanderpaul pulls another four

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Mar 23, 2007

Ramnaresh Sarwan helps West Indies towards victory with a second-wicket century stand with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, West Indies v Ireland, Group D, Kingston, March 23, 2007

Ramnaresh Sarwan helps West Indies towards victory with a second-wicket century stand with Shivnarine Chanderpaul

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