It was the only rain that saves England in the tense washout match against Ireland. 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 total120 for 8 following a superb bowling display led by Trent Johnston, England had restricted Ireland to 14 for 1 after 3.3 over`s 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. Play had to be finally called off.
Rankins took two wickets giving away 25 runs while Kevin O’Brien also got two wickets for 22 runs.
Put in, England lost wickets at regular intervals before Eoin Morgan (45) and Luke Wright (20) steadied the innings with a 41-run stand for the fifth wicket. But after Boyd Rankins broke the partnership, dismissing Wright, England again against lost quick wickets in the final overs.
England 120/8 (20/20 over`s)
Ireland 14/1 (3.3/20 over`s)
Toss Ireland, who chose to field
Points England 1, Ireland 1
Umpires BF Bowden (New Zealand) and AL Hill (New Zealand)
TV umpire Asad Rauf (Pakistan)
Match referee AG Hurst (Australia)
Reserve umpire SJ Davis (Australia)