Ireland out of World Twenty20

Ireland were knocked out of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Super Eight stage after a rainy no-result to their Group D shoot-out with England last night.

Ireland were knocked out of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Super Eight stage after a rainy no-result to their Group D shoot-out with England last night.

Paul Collingwood England team could muster only a vulnerable 120 for eight on an awkward pitch, after being asked to bat first at the Guyana National Stadium.

But after Ireland had started and had to stop their reply twice and got as far as 14 for one from 3.3 overs, the 5pm local time cut-off was reached.

International Cricket Council rules stipulate that five overs of a second innings must be completed to constitute a Duckworth-Lewis result - and since that was not possible, England progress alongside group winners West Indies thanks to a superior run rate.

Ireland were therefore left to rue their collapse last week against the hosts, which put their run rate in such a parlous and uncompetitive state.

England were indebted to their Dublin-born middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan's 45 for helping them set a moderately testing target, which duly became irrelevant between the subsequent Providence downpours.

England, controversially defeated on the D/L method by West Indies yesterday, once again lost the toss.

They stuttered to 49 for four at the midway point of their innings, as Trent Johnston and George Dockrell exploited the conditions with miserly spells.

But Morgan kept his head, initially again in company with Luke Wright, and cashed in at the death with some typically inventive and well-placed shots.

Even he eventually picked out a deep fielder to go in the final over, leaving Ireland's batsmen the task of finishing what their bowlers started - something they singularly failed to do when they were bowled out for only 68 by the West Indies.

Michael Lumb was the first England batsman to go, clipping Kevin O'Brien's first ball hard but straight to Boyd Rankin - low down at backward square-leg.

England's power-hitting plan could not get going on a gripping pitch, and Craig Kieswetter was soon out of the equation too when he set off for an impossible single to midwicket and was just unable to regain his ground quickly enough to avoid a third-umpire departure.

Collingwood went in the same Johnston over, edging to slip for a third-ball duck, and Kevin Pietersen suffered an action-replay of his dismissal yesterday - picking out deep midwicket with an attempted pull for six.

Morgan and Wright were therefore once again left with the significant challenge of trying to set a defendable target - but this time from a much more unpromising position.

Against the West Indies, they did not panic and picked up the pace to add 76 in the last five overs of what Collingwood later described as a "near perfect" innings.

They were never going to be able to repeat that trick on a much slower surface which would not yield the same big hits.

A handy stand of 41 in seven overs did follow, however, until Wright - who had just hit England's first and only six, to the record 11 they smashed 24 hours earlier - toe-ended a catch inside out to extra-cover off a Rankin full-toss.

Morgan did his manful best with the remainder of England's batting resources.

Whether it would be enough, though, was open to considerable question - until the predictable rain did its worst.

After the second of two false starts to the Ireland innings, Paul Stirling pulled Ryan Sidebottom mightily to the deep midwicket boundary only to fall for a duck to an outstanding diving catch by Lumb.

The possibility remained that Ireland could return to outsprint England to a revised total, with Niall O'Brien and William Porterfield in situ.

They were presented with an updated equation of 61 required from nine overs.

In the end, though, rain robbed them of a shot at that feasible target.

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