England v Ireland, Group D, World Twenty20, Providence

Rain saves England in tense washout

The Report by Andrew Miller

May 4, 2010

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England 120 for 8 (Morgan 45) v Ireland 14 for 1 - match abandoned
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Kevin Pietersen's dismissal sparked Kevin O'Brien's bizarre celebration, England v Ireland, World Twenty20, Guyana, May 4, 2010
Kevin O'Brien was one of the stars of the show as Ireland kept England's batsmen in check © AFP
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England inched their way into the Super Eights after a tense washed-out contest at Providence, as the same Guyana weather that had contributed to their downfall against West Indies came to their aid in a fraught and low-scoring contest against the underdogs of Ireland.

After being limited to a mediocre 120 for 8 following a superb bowling display led by Trent Johnston, England had restricted Ireland to 14 for 1 after 3.3 overs of their reply, but persistent bad weather denied them the chance to complete their run-chase, and so England went through by virtue of a superior run-rate.

It was a cruel way for Ireland's campaign to come to an end, because on a slow and cracked surface, their battery of medium-pacers had forced England to scrap for each and every single. And, in an ironic twist, the only man who came close to mastering the requirements was none other than the former Irishman, Eoin Morgan, who stood firm with a determined 45 from 37 balls.

The scenario was much as it had been when the teams last met in an international fixture, on a sticky surface at Belfast back in August, and then as now, the veteran Trent Johnston led the line impeccably. With lateral movement from a tight and full length, he claimed 1 for 14 in his four-over spell, with just a solitary boundary in his 24 deliveries, as Michael Lumb pulled a fractional short ball through midwicket for four.

Whereas Lumb and Craig Kieswetter had started like the clappers against West Indies on Monday, this time they found the shackles hard to break. Boyd Rankin spoiled his figures with a brace of leg-stump long-hops that Lumb clipped round the corner for two welcome boundaries, but that same shot soon proved to be his downfall, as Boyd Rankin stooped at short backward square to cling onto a sharp chance from the first ball of Kevin O'Brien's spell.

Match Meter

  • IRE
  • Trent Johnston takes 4 for 14 in his four overs, as Ireland's seamers take control on a sluggish pitch
  • Eoin Morgan grafts his way to 45 from 37 balls, to give England a run-a-ball total of 120 for 8 to defend
  • IRE
  • Andy Flower bangs the dressing-room table in frustration as rain brings with it the prospect of a D/L recalculation
  • ENG
  • Match abandoned after persistent showers, and England go through on net run-rate
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One ball earlier, Kieswetter had been badly dropped by Andre Botha as he edged a lifting seamer from Johnston through the slips, but he couldn't make his good fortune count. In Johnston's next over, he set off for a suicidal single to short midwicket and was rightly sent back by the stationary Kevin Pietersen. As he dived, his bat bounced in the crease, and after a lengthy analysis the third umpire, Asad Rauf, sent him on his way for 13.

In the same Johnston over, England's innings really hit the skids as Paul Collingwood edged a fizzing seamer to Botha at slip, who this time made no mistake to send the captain on his way for a third-ball duck. At 32 for 3 at the end of the Powerplay overs, England had made almost half as many runs as they had managed in their first six overs against West Indies, for the loss of three more wickets.

And three soon became four as Pietersen - who had been engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse with the 17-year-old left-arm spinner George Dockrell - picked out John Mooney with an exocet to deep square leg off O'Brien, in a near-replica of his dismissal in the West Indies game. At the halfway mark of the innings, England were floundering at 49 for 4, with all of their hopes invested in a certain former Irishman, Morgan.

Morgan did what he could in the trying circumstances, clipping Alex Cusack through short fine leg before bludgeoning Dockrell through midwicket, but at the other end, Luke Wright found the conditions especially tough to negotiate, and Dockrell tied him in knots in a masterful fourth over, consisting of five dot-balls in a row followed by a wild top-edged mow that landed in no-man's land for a single.

Ireland's reply was an anxious affair for both sides. England started diligently enough through Tim Bresnan and Ryan Sidebottom, but having conceded four runs from eight deliveries the rains arrived to force a 30-minute delay - much to Andy Flower's chagrin, who was seen banging the dressing-room table in disgust.

No overs had been lost when play resumed, and four balls after the resumption, Lumb took off at deep midwicket to cling onto a full-blooded pull to remove Paul Stirling for a duck, but Niall O'Brien belted two fours in a row moments before the second interruption to improve Ireland's hopes of a favourable Duckworth-Lewis calculation.

Had the match been able to resume 15 minutes before the cut-off time of 4.59pm local time, Ireland would have been set a target of 61 in nine overs. But it was not to be, as rain saved England, only 24 hours after apparently robbing them blind. Twenty20 is indeed an unpredictable form of the game.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by rko_rules on (May 6, 2010, 19:45 GMT)

I think as an Asian, Cricket in Afghanistan will really grow as compared to cricket in USA or European nations. I think these days you cant change the nations choice of love for game, i mean if India loves cricket or USA loves basketball or Brazil loves football, u cant change it, but we can spread Cricket into developing nations like Afghanistan or UAE or Ireland, and that will really work, for sure(i hope so)..In fact, Ireland team is also pretty good standard, why r we not paying attention 2 that. Ireland has very good bowlers like Boyd Rankin n Dockrell and all rounder like Kevin Obrien n Trent Johnston and batsmen like Niall Obrien n William Porterfield.. If these teams (Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe) can really grow in coming years, then Cricket lovers like me will be very very happy and proud.

Posted by eire on (May 5, 2010, 22:26 GMT)

@thirteenthman Eoin Morgan feeling like a foriegner u make me laugh!! i suppose he does have a thick yorkshire accent.For the record ireland had 3 players born outside their country yesterday;england had 4 including morgan trent johnston has been living in ireland for 15yrs n has an irish wife, cusack 7yrs n Botha 16 which is collectively a small bit more than springboks KP,Kieswetter or Lumb and that man morgan.Morgan was playing this time last yr for ireland,helping them qualify for anoth 50over world cup.Furthermore Ireland would have probably only had 2 overseas players playing if their 2 best batsmen, joyce n morgan, were representing der country of birth.Ireland did do well against the league of nations (England) yesterday n would have came close to beating them...Lastly you cannot deny ireland are developing as a cricket team as ire are consistently challengin d lower ranked test teams,are predominantly made of young players & also joyce will return next yr... bring on 2011

Posted by eire on (May 5, 2010, 18:36 GMT)

@thirteenthman Eoin Morgan feeling like a foriegner u make me laugh!! i suppose he does have a thick yorkshire accent for the record ireland had 3 players born outside their country yesterday;england had 4 including morgan trent johnston has been living in ireland for 15yrs n has an irish wife, cusack 7yrs n Botha 16 which is collectively a small bit more than springboks KP,Kieswetter or Lumb and that man morgan Morgan was playing this time last yr for ireland,helping them qualify for anoth 50over world cup Furthermore Ireland would have probably only had 2 overseas plaers playing if their 2 best batsmen, joyce n morgan, were representing der country of birth

Ireland did do well against the league of nations (England) yesterday n would have came close to beating them...Lastly you cannot deny ireland are developing as a cricket team as ire are consistently challengin d lower ranked test teams,are predominantly made of young players & also joyce will return next yr... bring on 2011

Posted by Trickstar on (May 5, 2010, 18:35 GMT)

All the people moaning that England won by DL,did you even watch the game or read what has been wrote about the game.Each team got 1 point each simple as that.Only 3.3 overs were balled DL doesn't come into it. Ireland go out because they lost so badly to WI while England scored 191,simple as that.

Posted by Trickstar on (May 5, 2010, 18:31 GMT)

The fact is Ireland would have struggled to get any where near the 20 set by England,the whole lot of them look like walking wickets.After seeing them bat and ball against WI and other nations,bowling is their strong point but their batting is terribly weak.England would of def been favourites to get them out before they got the runs.But with only 3.3 overs being balled it is 1 point each.In the previous game where England scored the highest total so far of 191,I'd have put then at clear favs even with the WI good start because they removed Gayle and Pollard who were the 2 guys who could have kept the scoring rate high enough and the WI don't bat all the way down.Saying the Irish were robbed of a upset is ridiculously short sighted,they kept the WI to a total of 138 on a better wicket than yesterday but collapsed to 68.And how did England get the benefit of DL,it didn't even come into it,it was 1 point each.

Posted by scritty on (May 5, 2010, 16:50 GMT)

You've gotta laugh at all this anti English stuff. England were ahead in this game, yes they set a low total, but Ireland were behind when the rain fell. in terms of wickets and runs. BUt "England get benefit" blah blah How can DL be right if scoring 9.67 RPO for 20 overs with 30% of overs having fielding restrictions is the same as scoring 10 RPO for 6 overs with 45% of overs having fielld restrictions? 2 good overs wins the six over contest, you need 12-14 good overs to win a 20 over contest. And with wickets being important in 20 overs and meaningless in 6 No way is DL right It's a cocked up system. If both games had 20 overs- England would quite likely have won both.

Posted by baobabjim on (May 5, 2010, 11:12 GMT)

well, I guess Collingwood has a different view of the D/L system now...after his call for a review. Hard luck Ireland.

Posted by Kaaaaaaash on (May 5, 2010, 8:55 GMT)

Well i m fully agree with that They have a skills and they have a good spirit as well. I hope they must be played a serious type of cricket very soon.

Posted by ThirteenthMan on (May 5, 2010, 8:40 GMT)

@HaVoKry

All 12? If Morgan played for Ireland he'd feel like a foreigner.

I havn't counted, but it seems rain has affected several matches. From what I've heard on the commentaries, Guyana is wetter than Wigan (much of the country is rain forest!). Might it have been sensible to recognise that and schedule 2 days (if needed)?

Posted by stroudp on (May 5, 2010, 8:29 GMT)

England did not win the game against Ireland. They progressed to the Super 8 phase because of their better net run rate over their two games compared to Ireland.

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