ICC World Cup, 32nd Match, Super Eights: Ireland v South Africa at Providence, Apr 3, 2007
ICC World Cup - 32nd match, Super Eights
South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 21 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Played at Providence Stadium, Guyana (neutral venue)
3 April 2007 (50-over match)

"It is not grammatically correct to say 'I was sat there'," opines Warren Douglas of Tisbury Capital, who's clearly working hard and making no money at all. Still - stick around, Warren. Cricinfo beats working.

And here come the players. Oh look, there's a big, ugly, orange bear. Is it even a bear? His name is Mello - the "official" mascot. Anyway, here come South Africa out onto the field, shortly followed by Porterfield and Bray.

Right, we're nearly ready, bar a monsoon. Oh, by the way, Ashwell Prince is back in the side today at the expense of Robin Peterson. Another few minutes to go - drop us a line if you wish.

Graeme Smith had this to say: "Every 100 overs is crucial. We're ready for today, we've prepared." And did the close finish with Sri Lanka help or hinder you? "Every tight game you get makes you stronger." Very diplomatically said.

"We would have liked to bowl first," admitted Trent Johnston, "but if we can see the new ball off..."

South Africa have won the toss and will bowl first. Tremendous news.

Paul Mooney is in for Kevin O'Brien. Doesn't appear to be injury-enforced, so perhaps they're just strengthening their "death" bowling.

9.30 So, not long to go now - hang in there. Probably a good time to introduce ourselves. I'm Will Luke, and Jenny Thompson is sat opposite me with a rather studious, concerned look on her face. Martin Williamson will be chipping in, too, after drinking another vat of "skinny lattes" (that's short for "meetings"). And Andrew Gnasher McGlashan will be on the bulletin. It's a veritable feast today.

9.25am The weather has relented and there will be the toss in five minutes and the aim is to start in 20 minutes at 9.45am (13.45GMT).

9.00am Good morning and welcome to the Super Eights clash between Ireland and South Africa. Team news, weather and the names of people in the crowd to follow ... the bad news at the moment is that the covers are on as we have some light drizzle.

The pitch looks as all the ones here so far have - flat, no grass other than the stuff that has been rolled into the pitch. It should hold up and there will be runs in it.


Pollock to Bray, no run, ooh and immediately Pollock finds a good length - finds some bounce, too - lifting on the left hander who just pulls his bat inside the line

Thanks to everyone who's pointed out, wrongly, that GMT is wrong on our site. It's BST now. British Summer Time, hence one hour ahead.


Pollock to Bray, no run, a tighter line on off stump and it's carefully, cautiously pushed out on the back foot


Pollock to Bray, no run, reasonable pace, just around 80mph, and an even tighter line this time, cutting back into Bray who jumps back and defends off the back foot once more


Pollock to Bray, no run, a beauty! Bray would've done well to get an edge on that. Coming forward, he was beaten by one that just cut back on him - almost cutting him in half


Pollock to Bray, no run, but Bray is confidently forward onto the front foot, solidly defending


Pollock to Bray, no run, and it's left alone outside off

And from t'other end it'll be Makhaya Ntini

End of over 1 (maiden) Ireland 0/0 (RR: 0.00)

    • JP Bray 0 (6b)
    • WTS Porterfield 0 (0b)
    • SM Pollock 1-1-0-0

Ntini to Porterfield, no run, classical Ntini; wide of the crease, angling it across the left hander at pace. Too wide to trouble the batsman who sways out of the way. Good bounce first up, though


Ntini to Porterfield, no run, beaten. Again angling across the batsman, but a slightly fuller length drew him forward and, attempting to defend, he missed it by a whisker


Ntini to Porterfield, no run, oh that's a belter from Ntini; just a touch short of a length and, well, Porterfield probably withdrew his bat in time. We'll give him that


Ntini to Porterfield, no run, too short and wide, just a little scattergunnish from Ntini there


Ntini to Porterfield, no run, and Porterfield receives an angry, fierce glare from Ntini in his follow through. Left alone outside off


Ntini to Porterfield, no run, beaten once more! Terrific ball, slightly fuller and tighter on off stump. Again Porterfield was tempted into feeling for it, poking at it, and it flew through to Boucher

Second consecutive maiden

End of over 2 (maiden) Ireland 0/0 (RR: 0.00)

    • WTS Porterfield 0 (6b)
    • JP Bray 0 (6b)
    • M Ntini 1-1-0-0
    • SM Pollock 1-1-0-0

Pollock to Bray, no run, well bowled indeed. Ideal conditions for Pollock here, and he just cut this away from Bray who really felt for it outside off, just nibbling at it, not unlike a blind mouse in search of cheese


Pollock to Bray, no run, tries to work this off his pads to leg, and he sets off for a single - woops! No he doesn't, he turns on his heel - nearly rupturing his ankle in the process - and scampers back


Pollock to Bray, OUT, terrific bowling from Pollock - that is absolutely plumb. Cutting back into Bray once more, and Bray is rather trapped on the crease - trying to come forward, but without much conviction - and that's taking out middle

JP Bray lbw b Pollock 0 (10m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Miserly, stingy start from South Africa. Here's Eoin Morgan, and here's Shaun Pollock


Pollock to Morgan, 1 run, and he's immediately off the mark, as are Ireland, whipping this off his pads down to fine leg

Pollock's first stray ball. As it were.

Drizzle alert. It's drizzling


Pollock to Porterfield, 2 runs, neat stroke; on leg stump, pushed through midwicket with pleasing timing


Pollock to Porterfield, no run, short, rising on the batsman who just sways out of the way. Just...

Greetings to Nik who is following the commentary from the emergency department at Wanganui Hospital in New Zealand...if anyone breaks a leg today and wonders why it's taking a while to be seen, just look for the guy watching the cricket

End of over 3 (3 runs) Ireland 3/1 (RR: 1.00)

    • WTS Porterfield 2 (8b)
    • EJG Morgan 1 (1b)
    • SM Pollock 2-1-3-1
    • M Ntini 1-1-0-0

Ntini to Morgan, FOUR, the wrong line from Ntini, gifting Ireland their first boundary of the day. A full, leg-side drifter which is easily plucked off his legs and down for fine leg


Ntini to Morgan, no run, drifting across the batsman who leaves alone, in the style of Jack Russell


Ntini to Morgan, no run, pushed out into the covers, and not with the greatest of conviction either


Ntini to Morgan, no run, ooh, I'm loving that: a tighter line, and it just cuts away from the batsman who pulls his bat inside the line. Just.


Ntini to Morgan, no run, and again - the pace is unsettling Ireland's batsman here. And the movement

Still very cloudy out there


Ntini to Morgan, no run, and a confident stride forward from the batsman, shouldering arms, ends the over

End of over 4 (4 runs) Ireland 7/1 (RR: 1.75)

    • EJG Morgan 5 (7b 1x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 2 (8b)
    • M Ntini 2-1-4-0
    • SM Pollock 2-1-3-1

Pollock to Porterfield, 1 run, clever shot, actually. Full on middle-stump, swinging into the batsman who adjusts at the very last minute, flicking it down to fine leg


Pollock to Morgan, no run, excellent cricket all round. A perfect line and length, shaping back into the batsman who goes back and - head right over the ball - defends with a pleasing clunk of the bat


Pollock to Morgan, no run, more swing for Pollock here, verging on bananarama. It's left alone outside off - a little bit too wide


Pollock to Morgan, no run, beaten. Just a touch fuller, inviting the drive; the batsman accepts, goes for an emphatic cover drive but connects with thin air


Pollock to Morgan, no run, too wide of the off stump this time


Pollock to Morgan, 1 run, edged but it doesn't carry to Kemp at first slip. And he gets awkward bounce, the ball snaking through for a single

End of over 5 (2 runs) Ireland 9/1 (RR: 1.80)

    • EJG Morgan 6 (12b 1x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 3 (9b)
    • SM Pollock 3-1-5-1
    • M Ntini 2-1-4-0

Morgan to face Ntini


Ntini to Morgan, FOUR, edged but again it doesn't carry to the slips and, with the extra pace of Ntini, it flies through the cordon and down to third man


Ntini to Morgan, no run, no no no. Much too wide. We don't do wide


Ntini to Morgan, 1 run, pushed to cover - and they set off for a single, which is never a safe option against South African fielders. A dive from the batsman saves him


Ntini to Porterfield, no run, too short - though it was his quickest delivery so far, 86.1mph - and it's left alone


Ntini to Porterfield, 1 run, Ntini's losing his lines here. This is on leg stump, and calmly pushed to midwicket


Ntini to Morgan, no run, left alone once more outside off

End of over 6 (6 runs) Ireland 15/1 (RR: 2.50)

    • EJG Morgan 11 (16b 2x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 4 (11b)
    • M Ntini 3-1-10-0
    • SM Pollock 3-1-5-1

Oh dear, we seem to have sparked a spate of workshyitis. This from Sagar in Dar Es Salaam: "If anyone wonders why their cargo is not being cleared from the massive freight ships, just point them to me." When in doubt, blame Sagar


Pollock to Porterfield, no run, cracking delivery. This pitch is made for Pollock. On off stump, cutting away just a touch, drawing the batsman forward who is beaten. Textbook bowling


Pollock to Porterfield, no run, oh that's even better - quicker, too - and it spits off a length away from the batsman who, again, is beaten


Pollock to Porterfield, no run, and again! Marvellous bowling here. Just a little wider, fuller, quicker still and again he swishes and misses

Absolutely perfect length here. How about an incutter now?


Pollock to Porterfield, no run, oh and he skips down the pitch, in a vain attempt to make contact with the ball. But misses


Pollock to Porterfield, no run, hurrah! It's defended on the front foot. Ah, leather on willow. Marvellous sound, that


Pollock to Porterfield, no run, and a pleasing defensive stroke ends a fascinating over

It's always much, much more interesting when the ball dominates the bat. I reckon, anyway

End of over 7 (maiden) Ireland 15/1 (RR: 2.14)

    • WTS Porterfield 4 (17b)
    • EJG Morgan 11 (16b 2x4)
    • SM Pollock 4-2-5-1
    • M Ntini 3-1-10-0

Ntini to Morgan, no run, too short, too wide. Ntini looks pacey today, but the angle is too extreme and it's easily left alone


Ntini to Morgan, no run, elegantly cover-driven on the front foot but straight to cover

That's probably the first attacking stroke - certainly in front of square - today. Neatly struck, too, albeit without placement


Ntini to Morgan, no run, just a little fuller this time but it's wide enough to leave well alone


Ntini to Morgan, no run, fabulous ball, cutting him in half - it really cut back massively, forcing Boucher to dive to his right. Half an appeal from Boucher, but it was pretty limp


Ntini to Morgan, no run, and there's the one which cuts away...this is much better from Ntini


Ntini to Morgan, 1 run, excellent ball, but neatly played just tucking it to leg. Tortoise-like running only yields a single

Here's Shaun of the Pollock

End of over 8 (1 run) Ireland 16/1 (RR: 2.00)

    • EJG Morgan 12 (22b 2x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 4 (17b)
    • M Ntini 4-1-11-0
    • SM Pollock 4-2-5-1

Pollock to Morgan, no run, no no, too wide. Lucky not to be called a wide, frankly

Drizzle alert More drizzle, a little heavier than before. Full drizzle report soon


Pollock to Morgan, 1 run, dropped into the off side - and they set off for a single. But it's going to be tight! And he throws himself across the line as the throw from mid-off was wide

10.30am Here come South Africa, and the two Ireland batsman and we're ready to resume. Still relatively cloudy out there. Scrap that, the sun's out. I'll give up predicting the weather. It's "changeable".

"Surely, bringers-on, not bringer-ons," wryly murmurs Ben, a pedant from the UK. "Sorry. Blame the rain." Not at all, Ben, and you're spot on. Pedantry is the new brown or black.

"Any chance you might tone down the patronising and sarcastic tone of your commentary on the SA v Ire game?" asks Ken. "I'm all for ad libbing but you seem to be trying to out nerd each other with your jibes about the Irish batting. We aren't the first team to be troubled by the Pollock and Ntini combination and sure won't be the last!" Just calling the game as we see it, Ken. Ireland have struggled; South Africa have bowled well, and that's how it is I'm afraid.

10.25am And off come the covers. Well that was short and sharp - and there's even some sunshine. Terrific effort by the weather.

And Gawie, from Cape Town, proves what many of us have often believed about IT support services. "When someone phones with 'My computer doesn't work', I just whip out the old 'Please restart and phone me in 10' Works every time."

The cricket is certainly keeping people hooked in New Zealand. After our earlier man from the ER department now we've had a message from James, a security guard, in Palmerston North, who said: "Couldn't be bothered doing my rounds so I'm just gonna watch the cricket instead". Good idea. Not that we're promoting workshyitis or anything of the sort

Rain stops play, 10.15am And off they go. It's really raining quite heavily now, and the cover-bringer-ons are sprinting out to the middle. Jogging is more accurate. It's wet and grey out there I'm afraid, chaps, so it's probably time you all did some work and put the kettle on. Leave this window open, of course, and we'll give you news as we get it.


Pollock to Porterfield, no run, my word! That's just crept over middle stump. He left it alone but, it kept very low - and Boucher took it on the bounce


Pollock to Porterfield, no run, neatly bowled again, on off stump and swinging back further into the let hander who clamps down on it


Pollock to Porterfield, no run, half a stride down the pitch and it's left alone. For once, that was just a touch too wide of the off stump


Pollock to Porterfield, no run, punched off the back foot

End of over 9 (1 run) Ireland 17/1 (RR: 1.88)

    • WTS Porterfield 4 (21b)
    • EJG Morgan 13 (24b 2x4)
    • SM Pollock 5-2-6-1
    • M Ntini 4-1-11-0

Ntini to Morgan, no run, again a sign of indifferent bounce, as a shorter-length delivery creeps low and Boucher takes it on the bounce

Oh dear. Rain falleth once more


Ntini to Morgan, no run, terrific ball! Marvellous stuff from Ntini, cutting this away from the batsman who really isn't sure how on earth to play it. And no one can blame him. These conditions are tailor made (from Savile Row) for the bowlers

11.30am We're back! Play resumes!

11.20am And the news is still no news on the resumption... Alas, weather-wise, it's not such a lovely day... there are still a few spots of rain around. We'll let you have more news when we have it.

"Re: fielding positions," begins Jem Brown, "what about the classic Test Match board game position straight hit?" Excellent point. My word I just love that game: mine's a bit old, though, the one I've got has David Gower on the front, but classic all the same. Ah, the times my brother and I used to argue over who would be Neil Foster (yes, we are old, and odd)... Do they still make it, I wonder?

11.05am The covers are coming off! Much better than the wheels... We don't have an official restart time, nor news of how many overs have been lost, but naturally we'll let you know when we do.

Lingo point: fag means cigarette in this context.

11.00am Hello everyone, it's still raining, but there's a commentator update - Willo's gone off for a fag break, and it's about time I did some work. Jenno here. Hello.

Abhiram writes back: "I meant the current positions being used in the game at the moment." Well, there's no diagram for this one, but if you can imagine all the players in the dressing room brushing up their poker skills then I expect that's close to the mark.

We've had a few complaints about scheduling this tournament in the wet season. Technically, that's in a few months, so the organisers can't be blamed for this one.

Thanks to everyone who's pointed out a few missing field placements. We have no slips for legs or flies, and there's a corner without a cow. Sharp spotting, spotters. Oh, and sweepers, or boundary riders (take your pick).

David Dymond writes: "May I add to the 'laptop not working' thread. I've been told that computer nerds call us normal users PICNICs: "problem in chair, not in computer". This has many other household uses, such as when the dinner gets burnt ["problem in chef, not in cooker"] or when my wife claims there is something wrong with her car ["problem in chauffeur, not in car"]. Etc."

10.45am I'm afraid the rain really is falling heavily now, the skies darkening - and on come more covers. It's positively Leeds-like out there.

Abhiram has asked for a diagram of fielding positions. Here you go.

Rain stops play. Again. 10.35am Off they go. On come the covers. This could drive us all completely bananas. "Can I have Gawie in Cape Town's number?" asks Dan, a student from the hallowed halls of Cambridge. "My laptop's playing up and I can't find the restart button." Ah, Britain's education system is alive and...limping, by all accounts.


Ntini to Morgan, no run, defended that one on the front foot


Ntini to Morgan, no run, oh hello, like that one, Ntini shuffling the ball across the lefthander's bat, asking him to get an edge on it, Morgan declining politely


Ntini to Morgan, 1 wide, more angle on that than something very angled indeed - a size zero model's elbows? - anyway, wide down off


Ntini to Morgan, 1 wide, more of the same


Ntini to Morgan, no run, angles that one across again, but closer this time, honing in on the right area


Ntini to Morgan, no run, now then, he sniffed at that one and there was a snick, but it was bat hitting pad, and that's snapped up by the keeper, but Taufel isn't tested too much in declining that one

A second Powerplay and news on the new playing conditions - 47 overs per side, two bowlers can bowl 10 and three can bowl nine...until it rains again

End of over 10 (2 runs) Ireland 19/1 (RR: 1.90)

    • EJG Morgan 13 (30b 2x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 4 (21b)
    • M Ntini 5-1-13-0
    • SM Pollock 5-2-6-1

Pollock to Porterfield, no run, srtaight and that was played back


Pollock to Porterfield, 1 run, one to please coaches and fans of quick singles everywhere, just nudged down towards the covers and they run through neatly


Pollock to Morgan, no run, Pollock huffing and puffing with the effort, lets out an "Ah" as he delivers a straight one, but for all his efforts, that's defended easily


Pollock to Morgan, 1 run, eek, not a convincing shot from Morgan, a thick edge when he came out to prod that one way out in front of his body


Pollock to Porterfield, no run, came towards the bowler, but a play and a miss.

Gnasher McGlashan rehearses the air shot for him in the office


Pollock to Porterfield, 2 runs, tickles that well off his legs

13.25pm epic news for all involved. Not only are the covers off, but we have players out in the middle. 35 overs each. Bowlers can bowl a maximum of seven overs. Hang in there, fans, we should be underway in the next 5 minutes. Until it rains again.

Phil Bingham emails us with a sorry story, and one Chris Dehring and Malcolm Speed would do well to read. "At the risk of sounding like Mr Killjoy, I have been so depressed by everything that I have read/heard/seen of the World Cup beyond the boundary, that I have decided not to bother coming. I had planned two weeks in Barbados to be at all the Super Eight matches taking place there, but the ICC has pushed me to the point that I no longer wish to fund their insanely self-serving, money grabbing merry-go-round with my hard earned cash. I have been to Antigua's ARG for the entirety of the last two England Test matches, and they have been two of the best weeks of my 32 years.

"Looking at the sanitised, empty new stadium, dripping with officious security gorillas and rampant uncontrolled commercialism, it is clear to me that this competition marks the point that West Indies cricket has been irreparably ruined. How gutting for an awesome region with cricket supposedly coursing through its veins, and for the spectators who thought they were going to experience some of that."

Alistair says: "I'm a rocket scientist too, and we always say, 'Come on, it's not Duckworth-Lewis'"

13.10pm The rain is back. The covers are back on. Very sorry about this. Hang around and we'll try to keep you amused.

Patrick Kidd, of Times fame, has a point about our rocket science debate. "Why do people say 'it's not rocket science' to mean something easy? Surely rocket science is itself very easy to understand (you have something explosive, you add fire to it, it goes bang, the force shoots a rocket up). What is difficult is rocket engineering. maybe people should start saying 'it's hardly rocket engineering.'" There. You've been told. Now go forth and preach the Kidd gospel.

13.08pm covers are nearly off, and play should begin at 13.30pm. Looks sunnier, too, which is mighty fine news all round.

Yes we do! Ranjeev is in the house: "When we don't get something, we claim that it really isn't rocket science. If it was, we would have figured it out. 'Damn, it's just not rocket science!'"

12.55pm Good news: the covers are coming off and the umpires are having a chin wag out in the middle. No news of exactly when we're going to re-start - come on, this is cricket - but I do have an interesting email to relay to you. "What do rocket scientists say when faced with a difficult challenge?" ponders surnameless Dave. "It's certainly not 'It's not rocket science' for sure, how about 'it's not brain surgery' or 'it's not facing Shane Warne'?" A fine piece of time-wasting there from Dave. Not only has he shown excellent levels of pointlessness - but he's made us sound interesting, for once. It's a fine point Dave. Any rocket scientists out there?

Right. Time for some linkage. Have a read of Tim de Lisle's superb piece on the ICC wrecking their own party. Browse through this year's Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. Check out photos from this game or read some of our blogs. It's almost impossible to be bored (we hope).

"What do you get if you pour boiling water down a rabbit warren?" asks Tim Allen. Helpfully, he also has the punchline. "Hot cross bunnies." Your coat is in the hall and the taxi awaits, Tim.

12.35pm Still no further news. We're still sorry. The Super Sopper is strutting its stuff in the middle. Sadly, with puddles aplenty, it will need lots of strutting. Sopperific.

Steve Marks raises a chin scratchingly interesting point. "Many thanks for the fielding position map. Maybe you should write a thesis on the origin of the names of fielding positions; it would be interesting to know how the positions got their names. I can't quite see some chappie in 18-hundred-whatever suddenly coming up with 'I say Johnny, old chap, could you plant yourself at third man for the offside hoik? There's a good chap.'" Spiffing point. And of course everyone in the 19th century sounded like a cross between David Gower and Tim Nice-but-Dim.

12.15pm It's still raining. Sorry.

"Hello from Iceland," says Thorarinn. I wasn't aware they'd introduced internet into the superm...et-predictable-cetera.

Apologies, by the way, for the link to the fielding positions earlier: that page was binned in 1999. In an opposite-of-Blue-Peter way (don't write in with Happy Paul jokes, please), here's one we made later.

11.40am Rain rain go away... the players are off again. And the rain is the heaviest it's been all day. Not good. Worse, the clouds around the ground are really thick and full of rain.

Where once we had nothing but respect for our readers, Nik from New Zealand has forced us to question our stance. "What's the opposite of a hot cross bun?" he asks. "A cold happy bun!" Actually, the opposite of bun can't be "bun". Pedantry is the in-thing...

And now a commercial transmission from our friends in marketing. "Hello readers, are you sitting comfortably?" purrs my friend and yours, Andrew-In-Marketing. "Good then I'll begin. Why not have a look at this which covers many of the Cricinfo goodies on offer including the toolbar and the desktop alerts?" Why not indeed.

Re: Test Match (the board game), Christian Vaughan makes an astute observation: "It really relied on you not having folded/creased the 'pitch' too much in the box, otherwise the ball tended to move around quite unpredictably. Possibly the first instance of reverse swing?"

"The opposite of bun?" asks Dom, "That is the nub of the question." Raed ho.

The lovely Martin Williamson tells us: "I played Test match cricket with Subbuteo but ended up like some ICC lacky by spending more time building grandstands with Lego. I ended up with massive grounds, susceptible to freak demolitions caused in the main by my mother's vacuum cleaner, in which there were about 10 spectators pinched from my brother's Hornby train set. I stopped short of issuing press releases saying the ground was, in fact, full." It's all true, sadly. if the ICC did release such a version, though, shouldn't that be called The ICC Test Match Cricket 1957 Cricket Board Game?

"Another problem with Test Match was that it was impossible to hit over the top," notes Ashers. "I suspect it's still being used as a training aid by Duncan Fletcher."

"I think Nik from NZ is correct," feet-stamps Ram from the USA. "It is indeed a 'cold happy bun'... in the same way that the opposite of a 'black crow' is a 'white crow' and not a 'white duck'...! Erudite observations indeed, Ram. Would the opposite of a white duck be a black crow? Can...worms...open...everywhere.

End of over 11 (4 runs) Ireland 23/1 (RR: 2.09)

    • WTS Porterfield 7 (25b)
    • EJG Morgan 14 (32b 2x4)
    • SM Pollock 6-2-10-1
    • M Ntini 5-1-13-0

Ntini to Morgan, 1 leg bye, the wrong line and it's tucked off his hip


Ntini to Porterfield, no run, very well bowled, on middle-and-leg - just a hint that that was shaping away from him, but he was quick to clamp down on it and nudge it to leg

Two slips in place by the way


Ntini to Porterfield, no run, and that's guided down to gully who dives, and dives well to save a single


Ntini to Porterfield, no run, lovely ball on middle stump, just cutting a touch away from the left hander who is right behind it. Again evidence of wobbly bounce, as that spat up on him


Ntini to Porterfield, no run, cracked on the front foot square - oh, and a fine save from Gibbs at backward point. That was four were it not for him


Ntini to Porterfield, 1 run, driven uppishly, wide of the second slip - safe enough, and it zoots down to third man

End of over 12 (2 runs) Ireland 25/1 (RR: 2.08)

    • WTS Porterfield 8 (30b)
    • EJG Morgan 14 (33b 2x4)
    • M Ntini 6-1-14-0
    • SM Pollock 6-2-10-1

One slip for Pollock


Pollock to Porterfield, FOUR, shot. Pollock starts with a rare loose delivery on leg stump and Porterfield flicks it off his pads behind square, for four


Pollock to Porterfield, 2 runs, and again he flicks it behind square but Ntini, jogging to his right from fine-leg, dives with natural athleticism to save four, as is the South African fielders' wont


Pollock to Porterfield, OUT, on off stump but too short to be driving on the front foot, and he spoons it just over Kallis's head at extra cover...who takes a couple of steps backwards and a fine catch, tumbling to the ground as he does so

WTS Porterfield c Kallis b Pollock 14 (44m 33b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.42


Pollock to Morgan, 1 run, worked to mid-on for a single


Pollock to O'Brien, no run, too wide of the off stump from Pollock, and it's a nice sighter for O'Brien


Pollock to O'Brien, 1 leg bye, on leg stump and nudged off his hip

End of over 13 (8 runs) Ireland 33/2 (RR: 2.53)

    • NJ O'Brien 0 (2b)
    • EJG Morgan 15 (34b 2x4)
    • SM Pollock 7-2-17-2
    • M Ntini 6-1-14-0

Ntini to continue


Ntini to O'Brien, no run, pushed to backward point. No foot movement from O'Brien there but, sporting a good eye, it was easily worked down in front of point


Ntini to O'Brien, no run, ooh, he nearly got himself into a t-t-tangle there, defending off the back foot and the ball spun back, nearly onto his stump


Ntini to O'Brien, no run, on off stump, angling back into him and it's blocked out off the back foot


Ntini to O'Brien, no run, pushed back to the bowler


Ntini to O'Brien, no run, cracked on the front foot, thick outside edge which falls short of the wicketkeeper


Ntini to O'Brien, no run, pushed down to mid-on

Sorry about the delays. There be gremlins a'lurkin'

End of over 14 (maiden) Ireland 33/2 (RR: 2.35)

    • NJ O'Brien 0 (8b)
    • EJG Morgan 15 (34b 2x4)
    • M Ntini 7-2-14-0
    • SM Pollock 7-2-17-2

Here's Langeveldt

"This is all just so depressing," sighs Patrick Kidd. "I hope it rains for the next two weeks and the rest of the Super Eights games are called off. That way England will reach the semi-finals!"


Langeveldt to Morgan, 1 run, flanged off the back foot wide of the slip, down to third man


Langeveldt to O'Brien, no run, and he comes charging down the pitch to a shorter delivery, attempting to hit it somewhere into the ocean, but the bowler saw him coming and sent it just a touch wider


Langeveldt to O'Brien, no run, very well bowled, cramping him for room and it's chopped down into the off side


Langeveldt to O'Brien, no run, drops this down into the off side off the back foot and immediately chirps "yep", setting off for a single. In comes the lurking Gibbs at point, flying in Rhodes-like but, most unlike him, fails to pick it up cleanly and Ireland are safe


Langeveldt to O'Brien, 1 run, worked off his legs with ease

No slip


Langeveldt to Morgan, no run, wrapped on the pads but it's going down leg

Reasonable first over there

End of over 15 (2 runs) Ireland 35/2 (RR: 2.33)

    • EJG Morgan 16 (36b 2x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 1 (12b)
    • CK Langeveldt 1-0-2-0
    • M Ntini 7-2-14-0

Andrew Hall onto bowl


Hall to O'Brien, no run, hammered on the up but straight to mid-off. A misplaced-wallop, if you like


Hall to O'Brien, no run, on leg stump, he turns it off his hip


Hall to O'Brien, 1 run, dropped out into the off side and they scamper a single


Hall to Morgan, no run, and a play-and-a-miss outside off


Hall to Morgan, no run, timed on the front foot, but straight back to the bowler who, with large amounts of winnerness, scoops down to pick it up


Hall to Morgan, FOUR, poor delivery there - a village Hall, if you like - down the leg side and it's easily picked off, down to fine leg for four

End of over 16 (5 runs) Ireland 40/2 (RR: 2.50)

    • EJG Morgan 20 (39b 3x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 2 (15b)
    • AJ Hall 1-0-5-0
    • CK Langeveldt 1-0-2-0

Langeveldt to O'Brien, 1 wide, that's filthy, miles wide of the off stump and O'Brien nearly ruptures something vital in trying to reach it


Langeveldt to O'Brien, FOUR, have some of that. Full and he swings over the line and plonks him for four, down to long on


Langeveldt to O'Brien, no run, drops this out into the off side


Langeveldt to O'Brien, 1 run, ooh, outside edge - lovely ball - and it flies down to third man. Neatly played, though, playing it as late as possible and guiding it.


Langeveldt to Morgan, no run, that rather spat up at him, again played with soft hands


Langeveldt to Morgan, no run, defended off the back foot to end the over


Langeveldt to Morgan, 1 run, cut down to third man

End of over 17 (7 runs) Ireland 47/2 (RR: 2.76)

    • EJG Morgan 21 (42b 3x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 7 (18b 1x4)
    • CK Langeveldt 2-0-9-0
    • AJ Hall 1-0-5-0

Hall to Morgan, FOUR, shot. Really fine shot indeed, he absolutely laced that square of the wicket - timing it beautifully. Justin Kemp was caught asleep on the boundary and, despite a dive, it was four all the way (as opposed to four half of the way)


Hall to Morgan, no run, better, tighter line this time and it's defended out to cover


Hall to Morgan, no run, very well bowled, a quicker one which hurries past the batsman's meek backward-defensive-prod


Hall to Morgan, 1 run, again neatly square-driven out into the deep, but not quite as well placed


Hall to O'Brien, no run, my word, extreme bounce there. O'Brien tries to uppercut it but it's far too short, and quick


Hall to O'Brien, 1 run, dabbed down to third man. Neat, calm stroke

End of over 18 (6 runs) Ireland 53/2 (RR: 2.94)

    • NJ O'Brien 8 (20b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 26 (46b 4x4)
    • AJ Hall 2-0-11-0
    • CK Langeveldt 2-0-9-0

Langeveldt to O'Brien, no run, terrific delivery, beating O'Brien all ends up. Just cutting away from his flourishing drive


Langeveldt to O'Brien, no run, that's nasty. It's jumped off a length - a throat ball which O'Brien actually with great skill, never taking his eye off the ball


Langeveldt to O'Brien, FOUR, quality stroke. Never mind the swing and movement - he just jumped down the pitch and clobbered him over extra cover for four

Around the wicket


Langeveldt to O'Brien, 1 run, guided, off the outside edge, down to third man. Intentionally played


Langeveldt to Morgan, 1 run, and he rocks right back onto his stumps, angling it out to third man to steal a single. Excellent fielding and a scorching throw prevents any more


Langeveldt to O'Brien, 1 run, the wrong line, a leg-side drifter which is turned to short fine leg but Ntini can't save the single

End of over 19 (7 runs) Ireland 60/2 (RR: 3.15)

    • NJ O'Brien 14 (25b 2x4)
    • EJG Morgan 27 (47b 4x4)
    • CK Langeveldt 3-0-16-0
    • AJ Hall 2-0-11-0

Hall also going around the wicket


Hall to O'Brien, 1 run, just angled, using the pace of the ball, behind square for a single


Hall to Morgan, no run, huge appeal from Hall, from Boucher too, but it's turned down. No contact - appeared to be the bat hitting the pad which caused that dull-sounding thuddy noise


Hall to Morgan, 1 run, cut off the back foot to third man. Too wide.


Hall to O'Brien, 1 run, dropped down into the leg side and they go for a single...but Morgan was ball watching and he has to scamper through to make his ground


Hall to Morgan, OUT, what a vicious delivery, spitting up at him. He had nowhere to go, the ball skying to square leg who took a simple catch. Excellent change of pace there, but the wicket owed as much to the pitch's vagaries

EJG Morgan c Prince b Hall 28 (64m 50b 4x4 0x6) SR: 56.00

So here's Andrew White - a right hander.


Hall to White, no run, punched off the back foot

Hall looks absolutely exhausted out there. And so is Willo, so it's Jenno. Hello

End of over 20 (3 runs) Ireland 63/3 (RR: 3.15)

    • AR White 0 (1b)
    • NJ O'Brien 16 (27b 2x4)
    • AJ Hall 3-0-14-1
    • CK Langeveldt 3-0-16-0

Langeveldt to O'Brien, 1 run, run out to third man


Langeveldt to White, no run, cut back in off the seam and kept lowish. No idea why that wasn't out - only the umpire knows and he's not telling


Langeveldt to White, no run, a bouncer - Langeveldt was unimpressed with the lbw being turned down and that's how he shows it


Langeveldt to White, no run, batsman looks to scoop that out through mid-off, but doesn't get hold of it, an unconvincing shot, really, and the ball trickles back to the bowler


Langeveldt to White, no run, this one again pitches outside and cuts back in, but unlike earlier in the over, the batsman gets bat on it


Langeveldt to White, no run, slower ball, well disguised, and again it nibbles back in at the batsman, who bites back with a solid defence on the front foot

End of over 21 (1 run) Ireland 64/3 (RR: 3.04)

    • AR White 0 (6b)
    • NJ O'Brien 17 (28b 2x4)
    • CK Langeveldt 4-0-17-0
    • AJ Hall 3-0-14-1

Hall ready to run in, a blue cloth acting as a little tail - and ball wiper - billowing out of the back of his trousers


Hall to O'Brien, no run, defended first up


Hall to O'Brien, no run, round the wicket, by the way, and that's pinged in at the batsman on a tight line; it can only be defended right into the ground


Hall to O'Brien, 2 runs, drags that one a touch short and the batsman goes down the wicket and aerial - looking for the cow but not getting enough beef on it


Hall to O'Brien, no run, bends that one in at the left hander again, who defends solidly enough


Hall to O'Brien, 1 run, room outside off and that's slammed into the ground, the batsman again struggling with the timing, and playing it a touch too late to get anything substantial on it

Lots of hootin'n'tootin in the stands


Hall to White, FOUR, a cheeky, lovely shot that one, the batsman getting into position early, rocking over his stumps to turn that right off his hips through fine. We liked that

End of over 22 (7 runs) Ireland 71/3 (RR: 3.22)

    • AR White 4 (7b 1x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 20 (33b 2x4)
    • AJ Hall 4-0-21-1
    • CK Langeveldt 4-0-17-0

Langeveldt to O'Brien, 1 run, comes down the track and tries to tee off with a flat-batted forward pull shot if you can imagine that which is swiped to mid-on - but again, there's a slight lack of timing


Langeveldt to White, 1 run, worked to square for an easy single


Langeveldt to O'Brien, no run, big air there all round - the bowler bustling in and flinging that one down and it pitched outside off, the batsman in his turn slicing right through the air


Langeveldt to O'Brien, FOUR, now that is good timing - stepped back and then into that shot to launch it over mid-off with a sweet strike, lovely

Mid-off to long-off after that one


Langeveldt to O'Brien, OUT, clever bowling in response, O'Brien through his shot too soon to that slower ball and the ball catches the back of the bat and flies up and into the hands of Gibbs at short midwicket. Catches don't come much simpler and South Africa are gaining momentum, and control, here

NJ O'Brien c Gibbs b Langeveldt 25 (44m 37b 3x4 0x6) SR: 67.56

White's on strike as they crossed there; it's Andre Botha to the crease, meanwhile


Langeveldt to White, 1 wide, a leg-side very wide


Langeveldt to White, no run, pitches just outside off, on a decent length, and the batsman is squeezed for room, so he defends tightly

Justin Kemp comes on for a dart with his medium-pacers

End of over 23 (7 runs) Ireland 78/4 (RR: 3.39)

    • AR White 5 (9b 1x4)
    • AC Botha 0 (0b)
    • CK Langeveldt 5-0-24-1
    • AJ Hall 4-0-21-1

Kemp to Botha, no run, regulation line and length, regulation defence, regulation description


Kemp to Botha, no run, comes forward again, and defends again


Kemp to Botha, no run, a stifled shout as that one crashed into the pad but was straying down leg


Kemp to Botha, 1 run, outside off and Botha flashes a square-drive at that one to get off the mark in some style - not quite designer, but not Primark either


Kemp to White, no run, right up there and that's defended forward


Kemp to White, 2 runs, on leg and that's driven well wide of mid-on, a nice-looking shot

Jacques of Kallisness comes on now

End of over 24 (3 runs) Ireland 81/4 (RR: 3.37)

    • AR White 7 (11b 1x4)
    • AC Botha 1 (4b)
    • JM Kemp 1-0-3-0
    • CK Langeveldt 5-0-24-1

Kallis to Botha, 1 run, over the wicket to the lefthander, doesn't quite find the line first up and there's a quick single of the shuffling variety


Kallis to White, no run, outside off and the batsman misses out on that - good timing with that cut behind point, but standard placement; that was straight to the fielder


Kallis to White, no run, cut back in from just outside off and that was defended down


Kallis to White, FOUR, byootifal shot that - White coming down and flamingo-whipping that one with a tennis slice of a drive that flies straight past the umpire


Kallis to White, FOUR, another boundary on the bounce, Kallis trying the bouncer in response and the batsman hooking that really well through fine leg. Top shot


Kallis to White, 1 run, on leg and that's tickled away off the legs

Not a vintage first over from Kallis, to say the least

End of over 25 (10 runs) Ireland 91/4 (RR: 3.64)

    • AR White 16 (16b 3x4)
    • AC Botha 2 (5b)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-10-0
    • JM Kemp 1-0-3-0

Kemp to White, no run, right up there, but the batsman nearly manages to work that from outside off to mid-on


Kemp to White, no run, ooh, Kemp and co forming their mouths into an "Ooh" shape there and with good reason, Kemp getting some away swing outside off stump which has the batsman fishing - just too wide for him to connect


Kemp to White, 1 run, worked behind square this time for a fuss-free single


Kemp to Botha, 1 run, edged through but Boucher, standing up, can't grasp it quickly and it hits his thigh and runs on for a quick single


Kemp to White, 1 run, driven forward


Kemp to Botha, 2 runs, outside off and that's driven out to Kallis who's sweeping up on the off-side boundary

End of over 26 (5 runs) Ireland 96/4 (RR: 3.69)

    • AC Botha 5 (7b)
    • AR White 18 (20b 3x4)
    • JM Kemp 2-0-8-0
    • JH Kallis 1-0-10-0

Kallis to White, 1 run, top edged that one to midwicket and it bounces agonisingly/fortuitously (delete as appropriate) in front of the fielder there


Kallis to Botha, 2 runs, whipped off the legs, always a glorious-looking shot that


Kallis to Botha, no run, classical cover drive, but it does nothing more than sit there looking pretty, as the fielder snaps it up really easily


Kallis to Botha, 1 run, opens the face and they run a quick single which puts pressure on the fielder, Gibbs, who nearly allows overthrows. He misses with his shy and that's the 100 up


Kallis to White, FOUR, another good shot, that one's cleanly smote in front of midwicket - Kallis trying an offcutter, and it not working


Kallis to White, no run, this time Kallis tries to bang it in, but he gets no lift and that's driven down into the ground

End of over 27 (8 runs) Ireland 104/4 (RR: 3.85)

    • AR White 23 (23b 4x4)
    • AC Botha 8 (10b)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-18-0
    • JM Kemp 2-0-8-0

Kemp to Botha, no run, defended on the spot


Kemp to Botha, 1 run, outside off and that's beefed in front of midwicket, the batsman opening up his arms and rolling them through the pull


Kemp to White, no run, pushed up there and that's defended down


Kemp to White, 1 leg bye, 'twas a brillig shout, but unfortunately for the bowler Taufel turns that one down - HawkEye has it snicking the off bail, yet you have to give the batsman the benefit, quite rightly too


Kemp to Botha, 1 run, hmm, not convincing, Botha goes to launch another of his straight slice-swipes, but the timing's all wrong


Kemp to White, FOUR, short ball, smashed square; have some of that

Ireland's batsmen being very spirited out there, it's good to see, and Smith turns to himself in a bid to break the deadlock

End of over 28 (7 runs) Ireland 111/4 (RR: 3.96)

    • AR White 27 (26b 5x4)
    • AC Botha 10 (13b)
    • JM Kemp 3-0-14-0
    • JH Kallis 2-0-18-0

Smith to Botha, 1 run, should have been two there, with that dab cut out through the covers, but Botha slipped on turning and had to get back to that crease


Smith to White, no run, premeditated reverse sweep, poor connection


Smith to White, 2 runs, more premeditation, more reverse sweeping, and this time he connects - but still not on the middle - with a swish square


Smith to White, 1 run, down on one knee and this time the sweep is orthodox

A flamingo whip, for Methuselah and others' benefit, is where you stand on one leg and whip at the ball


Smith to Botha, 1 run, down on one knee and eases that out to point for the gentlest of singles

Greg Laws offers the following jocular aside. "Still on the subject of hot cross bunnies....why don't bunnies play cricket? They prefer hareobics." Get out.


Smith to White, OUT, goes he softly into the light, hitting that full toss up to midwicket

AR White c Gibbs b Smith 30 (30m 30b 5x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Prescient or what? Speaking of getting out as we were... Johnston to the crease now, anyway, and he's got six overs to boost further this innings. Somewhere 150+ would represent a good effort here, if still not enough against the might of South Africa's big blasters. We shall, of course, see

End of over 29 (5 runs) Ireland 116/5 (RR: 4.00)

    • AC Botha 12 (15b)
    • GC Smith 1-0-5-1
    • JM Kemp 3-0-14-0

Kallis to Botha, no run, dibbled that one down off the back foot into the covers and there's another single


Kallis to Botha, no run, decent delivery that from Kallis, round the wicket by the way, flirting through on a tempting length and come-to-bat eyes. Just failed to grace the edge


Kallis to Botha, 1 run, driven out to mid-on this time


Kallis to Johnston, no run, the batsman moves back to give himself room to cut that ball to point - however... it dips on him, and is faster than he was expecting, so he cuts over it


Kallis to Johnston, 1 bye, bouncer, heading leg-ward though and Boucher misses it, and the batsmen capitalise



Kallis to Botha, 1 run, no... a short one - Kallis again trying to get some lift out of a dull track - and that's greyly worked to square

End of over 30 (3 runs) Ireland 119/5 (RR: 3.96)

    • AC Botha 14 (19b)
    • DT Johnston 0 (2b)
    • JH Kallis 3-0-20-0
    • GC Smith 1-0-5-1

Hall to Botha, OUT, that's full and tempting, Botha's tempted and flights that up to cover for a simple catch

AC Botha c de Villiers b Hall 14 (31m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

South Africa are, need we say it, very much in charge right now.

Kyle McCallan strides in


Hall to McCallan, no run, shuffles in and scurries that one in at the bat, the man rushing to defend forward


Hall to McCallan, 1 run, right up there, poked to mid-on and the batsmen chance a single, forcing the misfield and why not


Hall to Johnston, 1 run, Hall and his blue tail bustle in again but the batsman strides down to make that a half-volley and drive that one straight and aerial towards long-on, who collects on the bounce


Hall to McCallan, no run, slower delivery, well bowled, and that's defended down off the back foot


Hall to McCallan, no run, picks out the fielder again, this time with an easy drive to cover

Langeveldt back into the attack

End of over 31 (2 runs) Ireland 121/6 (RR: 3.90)

    • WK McCallan 1 (4b)
    • DT Johnston 1 (3b)
    • AJ Hall 5-0-23-2
    • JH Kallis 3-0-20-0

Langeveldt to Johnston, 1 run, low full toss outside off, but the bowler can count himself lucky to get away with that, the batsman cutting out to deep point


Langeveldt to McCallan, 2 runs, nips back in off the seam and that was driven out to Ntini on the extra-cover boundary


Langeveldt to McCallan, OUT, another easy catch; a short-pitched delivery and the batsman jumps up to cut that off the back foot, getting a top edge through to Boucher the poucher

WK McCallan c †Boucher b Langeveldt 3 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


Langeveldt to Mooney, OUT, short and strangled down leg-side for a golden duck. Langeveldt's grinning, as you would when you're on a hat-trick

PJK Mooney c †Boucher b Langeveldt 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Langford-Smith has the dubious joy of keeping out the hat-trick ball as Ireland's innings continues to slide. Langeveldt adjusts his field, a few men coming in, naturally


Langeveldt to Langford-Smith, no run, defended down and he couldn't have played that any better if he was wielding a barn wall, nevermind a barn door, with a forward defence


Langeveldt to Langford-Smith, 2 runs, outside off and that one sits up, hangs there and offers the batsman plenty of time to cut that out just inside the point boundary

End of over 32 (5 runs) Ireland 126/8 (RR: 3.93)

    • D Langford-Smith 2 (2b)
    • DT Johnston 2 (4b)
    • CK Langeveldt 6-0-29-3
    • AJ Hall 5-0-23-2

Hall to Johnston, no run, slower ball and that's driven to mid-on, the batsman having to adjust his timing and not quite managing to do so


Hall to Johnston, 1 run, driven to long-off for a straightforward single


Hall to Langford-Smith, 1 run, another slower ball, and there was a run-out chance then, but that was a poor throw in, like when you throw with the wrong hand, and missed the target completely


Hall to Johnston, 1 run, driven out to mid-off


Hall to Langford-Smith, 1 run, another shy and another miss and there's a whole speed-dating event's worth of singles out there

Kemp shaking his head at himself for his fielding


Hall to Johnston, no run, well bowled, a dot, and the batsman cuts into the ground, completely missing the ball

End of over 33 (4 runs) Ireland 130/8 (RR: 3.93)

    • DT Johnston 4 (8b)
    • D Langford-Smith 4 (4b)
    • AJ Hall 6-0-27-2
    • CK Langeveldt 6-0-29-3

Langeveldt to Langford-Smith, no run, a flash and a miss


Langeveldt to Langford-Smith, SIX, short and that's driven from off high and higher - travelling all the way over long-on


Langeveldt to Langford-Smith, 1 run, chipped up over to cover


Langeveldt to Johnston, no run, outside off and the batsman again cuts his bat down into the ground


Langeveldt to Johnston, 1 run, pushed right up there, but that's well dug out with a lovely cover drive through, well, you know


Langeveldt to Langford-Smith, FOUR, smashed away behind point for a one-bounce four

Final over coming up now, then

End of over 34 (12 runs) Ireland 142/8 (RR: 4.17)

    • D Langford-Smith 15 (8b 1x4 1x6)
    • DT Johnston 5 (10b)
    • CK Langeveldt 7-0-41-3
    • AJ Hall 6-0-27-2

Hall to Johnston, no run, slower ball, good delivery, outside off and the batsman is tempted to slash at that - he misses


Hall to Johnston, SIX, outside off, drags that short and that's well held by the steward over the extra-cover boundary

Some of West Indies' best fielders have been the stewards


Hall to Johnston, 1 run, driven into the ground and the pace comes right off the ball


Hall to Langford-Smith, 1 run, driven into the foot and that brings up the 150 with an unconvincing single


Hall to Johnston, 1 run, outside off and that was cut into the ground, again


Hall to Langford-Smith, 1 run, driven forward and that ends the innings

Boyd Rankin to open

Hello legends, it's Will here. Super stint from Jenno there. Revised Duckworth-Lewis total of 160 in 35 overs. No, I don't understand it either. Here come the players, and I've barely had chance to wolf down a sausage roll.

A handy stand of 28 from 20 balls has given Ireland a boost-ette, but their total is unlikely to pose too many problems for South Africa. They'll need very early wickets to even have a sniff. And don't go anywhere, either - there'll be a quick turnaround

End of over 35 (10 runs) Ireland 152/8

    • D Langford-Smith 17 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • DT Johnston 13 (14b 1x6)
    • AJ Hall 7-0-37-2
    • CK Langeveldt 7-0-41-3





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