174dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller

Rain saves England in tense washout

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

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

EJG Morgan
EJG Morgan
45(37) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 20 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
13 2 6 5 9 2 2 6
LJ Wright
20(24) 0x4 - 1x6
Control %60%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
1 3 2 1 0 6 3 4

Best performances - Bowlers

KJ O'Brien
KJ O'Brien
O3
M0
R22
W2
Eco7.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
WB Rankin
WB Rankin
O4
M0
R25
W2
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Well, on that rain-sodden note it's goodbye from your commentary team - Sahil Dutta and Liam Brickhill. Andrew Miller's bulletin will be up presently, but, alas, it will be somewhat incomplete due to the inclement weather in Guyana. Do join us tomorrow for Cricinfo's coverage of Australia v Bangladesh and South Africa v Afghanistan. There's still time for an upset in this tournament, and let's just hope that we can get two full games in! Until then, goodbye.

So England head through and, barring an upset in tomorrow's games, will be in the same group as India, Sri Lanka and Australia. Ireland put up a spirited performance in this game and would have fancied having a crack at a gettable total, but they have been thwarted by the weather. England would also have felt that, on this wicket, 120 was defendable, and we would have had a cracker of a match, were it not for the weather.

4.45pm Right, the game is off, and, with each team getting one point, England go through to the Super Eights courtesy of their superior net run-rate, Ireland are out. The players are shaking hands, and what a pity the game has ended like this. Both sides will have felt they could have won this game outright.

Consolations for Vic, from Pete in Australia: "Vic, at least you're not in a dry spell mate!" Oh, what we'd do for a dry spell in Guyana!

Rick, rightfully, is telling me to pull myself together: "Blaspheme! - for goodness sakes man, pull yourself together. At least the airports are open..."

"The rain is making cricket like my relationships," writes Vic, hilariously. "Nobody is sure what's going on!"

4.35pm It. Is. Raining. Again. One might almost be driven to blaspheme, this is so frustrating.

4.34pm Right, we should have a 4.45pm start, and it'll be a nine-over chase. Will let you know the target as soon as I do.

4.32pm "Stumps are in, covers are off..." Gnasher tells us. "No target news yet." Although we should have a re-start in 15 minutes if there is no further rain. Mm. Likely, that.

4.28pm Rain is easing, covers coming off once more! And 4.59pm is the cut-off point for play to resume, so we have half an hour. Which should leave enough time to get nine overs in...

"How about the next World 20-20 in Antarctica? Sure it won't rain there..." suggests Digish, helpfully. It is a farcical situation though, and, as Gnasher tells us "Meanwhile, Father Christmas is in the stands...no, I don't know why either."

4.23pm Crikey, on come the covers again as the rain returns.

4.12pm Cross your fingers, covers coming off! No news on when we'll have a start though. Apparently the umpires are trying to work out how much time has been lost, how many overs can be fit in, and thus what the target will be. Trying to work it all out is a Kafka-esque task...

4.09pm Not sure what's going on at the ground at the moment, the rain appears to be clearing somewhat though, and I'll let you know developments as soon as anything happens. We are definitely losing overs now, so there will be changes to Ireland's target.

There are rainclouds all round the ground, so it's hard to tell how long this rain will last. It appears to be easing already but we may now start losing overs, meaning the target score will be altered as well

What a shame, it's raining heavily again and the players are coming off as the covers come on. Ireland needed 27 in 5 on D/L, but we've only had three and a bit overs so far

3.3
0
Sidebottom to NJ O'Brien, no run, predictably, Sidebottom drops the length back and O'Brien rocks back to defend, although he's practicing his pull shot now

The rain is coming down again!

3.2
4
Sidebottom to NJ O'Brien, FOUR runs, even better! Great intent being shown by O'Brien, who picked up the length early and clipped firmly over mid on for another boundary. Sidebottom appears to have lost his swing
3.1
4
Sidebottom to NJ O'Brien, FOUR runs, great pick-up from O'Brien, and he's sent a leg stump delivery out to square leg for a welcome boundary. That was just asking to be hit.

Sidebottom continues...

END OF OVER:
3 | 2 Runs | IRE: 6/1 (115 runs required from 16.3 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 6.76)

  • William Porterfield4 (10b)
  • Niall O'Brien1 (2b)
  • Tim Bresnan2-0-5-0
  • Ryan Sidebottom1-0-1-1
2.6
0
Bresnan to Porterfield, no run, tight bowling from Bresnan, not giving the left hander any width to work with on either side of the wicket and he ends with a dot

The lights are on at the ground now

2.5
0
Bresnan to Porterfield, no run, much better, and Porterfield knocks this one to mid off once again