Abandonment keeps West Indies' World Cup hopes alive

Lynette Rowe
September 14, 2017

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.

Despite sunny but windy conditions at the Belfast venue, umpires Michael Gough and Mark Hawthorn made a decision to call off the game just after lunchtime due to the fact that heavy overnight rain left the outfield "unfit for play".

The skies finally darkened around lunchtime, the rain began to fall, and the umpires bowed to the inevitable and called off the game without a ball being bowled.

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

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"It's very soft, not conditions the West Indies would be suited to", he said.

Ireland are next in action when they face Scotland in the concluding round of the ICC Intercontinental Cup in November, a game which will mark the end of coach John Bracewell's time in charge before he's succeeded by Graham Ford. "I'm sure they're not entertaining any idea of playing cricket here at the moment".

After a hard-fought Test series against England, its morale will also be high as Chris Gayle & Co., the well-known superstars of the game, will return to boost the side. The game was Ireland's much-anticipated first ODi as a full member nation after that status was granted in June. He has been absent from ODIs during a breakdown in relations between some of the players and their employers. Windies now need to go undefeated in their five-match ODI series in England - starting September 19 at Old Trafford - by either winning 5-0 or winning 4-0 with a no-result or tie, to earn their tickets. Otherwise, the two-time World Cup winners must battle through a qualifying tournament.

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