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Ireland will make attempt to beat the rain and the UAE

By Ian Callender

Ireland will try again today to play a warm-up game ahead of the World Twenty20 Qualifiers, which start on Friday, after their first game against UAE was abandoned without a ball bowled.

Persistent rain forced the umpires to call off the match just before 3pm with no prospect of playing even the minimum five-over game before the scheduled cut-off time. Of the four venues used yesterday, Stormont was the worst affected with only 15 overs possible in the morning match between Oman - Ireland's scheduled opponents today - and Nepal, seeded to be Ireland's toughest opponents in Group A of the tournament. They enjoyed more cricket in Bready with Papua New Guinea, Ireland's final opponents in Belfast tomorrow week, comfortably ahead of the required run rate when rain interrupted their innings after five overs.

But Ireland's second opponents, the USA, defeated the North West Warriors. Oraine Williams and Marco Marais, two of three professionals in the Warriors line-up, were the only batsmen to reach 20 in the home side's 119 for nine, six wickets falling in the last 25 balls.

But the bowlers responded to leave the Americans still needing four off the last over. Three singles levelled the scores with three balls remaining but a superb catch by Marais brought a new batsman to the wicket and although he failed to score off the penultimate ball, a single off the last won the game.

In Edinburgh, co-hosts Scotland beat Namibia by six wickets

Results: Stormont: Oman 115-4 (14.3 overs) Nepal 6-0 (0.3 overs). No result. Ireland v UAE abandoned.

Bready: Kenya 141-8 (20 overs) PNG 45-2 (5 overs). PNG won by 10 runs DLS.

North West Warriors 119-9 (15 overs, O Williams 47, M Marais 20; TK Patel 4-19) USA 120-5 (15 overs, S Vashishat 30; R Allen 2-19) USA won by 5 wickets.

The Grange - Namibia 127-8 (20 overs, R van Schoor 42, S Baard 32) Scotland 130-4 (16.2 overs, R Berrington 61 not out). Scotland won by 6 wickets. Canada 146 (20 overs, N Kumar 68) Western Districts 147-2 (18.3 overs) Western Districts won by 8 wickets

Myreside: Hong Kong 113-9 (20 overs, B Hayat 42) Netherlands 104 (19.2 overs, Anas Khan 3-11, Tanvir Afzal 3-21). Hong Kong won by 9 runs. Jersey 46 (10.2 overs) Afghanistan 47-2 (7.3 overs). Afghanistan won by 8 wickets.

Today's fixtures: Stormont - Nepal v UAE (10am), Ireland v Oman (2.15pm). Bready - North West Warriors v PNG (10am), Kenya v USA (2.15pm)

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