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World Twenty20 Qualifiers: Rain halts Ireland's warm-up

By Staff Reporter

Ireland's batsmen were the big losers when the team's final warm-up match ahead of the World Twenty20 Qualifiers was abandoned after rain hit Stormont halfway through the game.

The bowlers had done their bit, dismissing Oman for 91 in 18.5 overs, and that is bad news for Craig Young and Graeme McCarter, who were left out of the starting XI.

Captain William Porterfield had indicated Ireland would play their likely line-up for Friday's opener against Namibia in the warm-ups and with Monday's game against UAE abandoned without a ball bowled, it was significant that the two North West bowlers were left out yesterday.

Alex Cusack and Tyrone Kane shared the new ball and both struck in their opening over.

Cusack came back to take a wicket in each of his last two overs and George Dockrell continued the form he had shown against Scotland last month to also finish with three wickets, the last to a superb low one-handed catch in the deep by Andrew Balbirnie.

John Mooney took two wickets in the space of three balls and Kevin O'Brien gave Gary Wilson the second of three catches behind the wicket. Stuart Thompson, who bowled three for 15, was the only bowler not to take a wicket but Porterfield was delighted by the performance.

"All of the bowlers did well. We have plenty of options and everyone that was called upon took wickets or didn't go for many," said the captain, who wasn't unduly worried about the batsmen missing out on what should have been a straightforward run chase.

"We bowled the lengths we wanted and we were sharp in the field and it helps when you take half chances. It's looking good.

"Everyone is feeling well prepared and have played a lot of cricket coming into the tournament - the county boys in England and the home-based players in the inter-pros - so we are in a good place and it's just a case of being mentally on it on Friday."

Yesterday's scores - Stormont: Oman 91 (18.5 overs, G Dockrell 3-15, A Cusack 3-20, J Mooney 2-15) v Ireland. Abandoned. Nepal 84-7 (18 overs, S Vesawkar 38) UAE 81-2 (14 overs). UAE won by 20 runs DLS.

Goldenacre: Scotland 199-5 (20 overs, G Munsey 75) Jersey 91-9 (15 overs). Scotland won by 71 runs DLS. Canada 149-3 (13 overs, R Cheema 98) Namibia 75 (11.4 overs).Canada won by 74 runs.

All other warm-up games abandoned.

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