Ireland-West Indies ODI washed out

West Indies face tough World Cup challenge after Ireland washout
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13 September, 2017

Ireland's one-day worldwide against West Indies at Stormont was abandoned after a rain shower at lunchtime ended any hope of the game getting under way.

Ireland's ODI global against the West Indies at Stormont has been called off after a series of pitch inspections.

Although the weather had held firm over the course of Wednesday morning, the umpires were forced to call the ODI against West Indies off at 1.30pm due to a sodden outfield at Stormont.

West Indies may be struggling to challenge big teams in big formats, but if there is one form of cricket one can arguably say it can put up a strong fight in, it is ODI cricket.

"It's dry overhead at the moment so we're hoping we can get some sort of play under way".

It was a blow for Ireland in their first ODI since becoming a full ICC member, while fans hoping to see the likes of Chris Gayle were left disappointed.

Ireland will be in action again on 29 November on day one of their final Intercontinental Cup match against Scotland in the UAE.

Bowling coach Roddy Estwick has warned Ireland that West Indies will be playing at full throttle, when the two teams meet in today's one-off one-day worldwide.

The return of big-hitting Windies opener Chris Gayle will therefore be further delayed until the start of the limited-overs campaign against England.

The Windies needed to win against Ireland and then also defeat England in the last four matches of their series but that equation has changed and now it can't also afford to lose the opening match in Old Trafford on September 19. If Windies can pull it off, then they go through as the eighth-placed team on the ICC ODI team table. Otherwise, the two-time World Cup winners must battle through a qualifying tournament.


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