Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Ireland cricket team head to Benoni

Ireland’s first game in the World Cup Qualifying tournament, against Scotland on April 1, has been confirmed for Willowmoore Park, Benoni.

The one-day international venue, 20 miles east of Johannesburg, will also host Ireland’s other ODI in the group stages, against Canada on Monday April 6, but whether they will return there for the second phase, depends on their finishing position.

If they justify their No 1 seeding and finish top, they will play two games at Benoni’s second ground plus one each at the Wanderers Oval 2 in Johannsburg and the Stan Friedman ground at Krugersdorp. Perversely only if they finish third or fourth will they play a game on the main ground at Benoni.

The Krugerdorp venue, 15 miles west of Johannesburg, will also host Ireland’s two group games against the bottom two seeded teams, Oman, on April 2 and Uganda, two days later. Ireland’s final group game is at Wanderers Oval 2, against Namibia on Wednesday April 8.

After a two day break, the first Super Eight games - the top four finishers in Group A play the top four teams in Group B - will be all be played on April 11 and then on alternate days until April 17. Teams will carry forward their points won against the other Super Eight qualifiers.

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