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Woodvale feel heat after controversial win

By Ian Callender

Published 13/07/2016

In form: Mark Irwin hit 70 for Woodvale
In form: Mark Irwin hit 70 for Woodvale

Woodvale are in tomorrow's Irish National Cup semi-final draw, along with Newbuildings, but they have earned the wrath of social media following the controversial early ending to their game in Limerick on Sunday.

The north Belfast side refused to wait "an extra few minutes" for the DLS sheet to be produced at the halfway point of their quarter-final tie and were awarded the game by the umpires.

They may have acted within the rules, but certainly not the spirit of the game and, although they had a statement prepared, the response from the club last night was that they had been told by Cricket Ireland not to make it public yet.

The facts are that Woodvale scored 309 for nine in their 50 overs, with half centuries for professional Sujit Khalbhor (72), Mark Irwin (70) and Paul Robinson (52). The last few overs were played in the rain, but 10 overs had to be played in the second innings for a result in the match, hence the need for a DLS sheet, which is used to give revised target scores in interrupted games.

Limerick failed to provide it within the required time and although it was promised to be ready in the "next few minutes" Woodvale were not prepared to wait and the umpires had to award them the game.

The obvious conclusion is that Woodvale, having made such an imposing total, were not prepared to risk the game being postponed and having to start again, albeit with home advantage in a 'replay' on Sunday.

It all left a sour taste in the mouth.

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