Rain favours England this time
PROVIDENCE, Guyana (AP):
England advanced to the Super Eights stage of the World Twenty20 yesterday after rain caused their decisive Group D match against Ireland to be called off at the Guyana National Stadium.
Ireland had done well to limit England to 120-8 off 20 overs, with former Irish batsman Eoin Morgan topscoring with 45 off 37 balls for his adopted team.
But Ireland's run-chase was twice curtailed by showers and the match ended as a 'no result' with the Irish stalled at 14-1 off 3.3 overs.
Ireland started cautiously before the first rain interruption at 4-0 off 1.2 overs. They restarted in pursuit of the same target of 121 but showers returned to have the final say.
West Indies tops group
England and Ireland both ended Group B on one point, but the English progessed due to a superior net run rate.
The West Indies won the group following victories over both England and Ireland earlier in the tournament.
The final abandonment would have disappointed the Irish, who bowled and fielded superbly in search of a victory to push them into the next phase.
Ireland's medium pacer Kevin O'Brien (2-22) and tall fast bowler Boyd Rankin (2-25) sparkled for their country. Veteran Trent Johnston conceded just 14 runs from his four overs and claimed the prize wicket of England captain Paul Collingwood.