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Ireland's ODI against West Indies abandoned after 1.30pm inspection


By Gareth Hanna

Ireland's ODI international against the West Indies at Stormont has been called off after a series of pitch inspections.

Assessments took place at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm after the original 10.15am start-time was postponed due to a wet area of the outfield.

A final inspection at 1.30pm saw the game abandoned after a period of rain fell around 1pm.

The West Indies' star attraction Chris Gayle had been set to start the game after spending his morning with supporters. The game was Ireland's much-anticipated first One Day International as a full member nation after that status was granted in June.

Ex Ireland player Peter Gillespie had told BBC Radio Ulster during a frustrating morning that he hoped there would be some amount of play.

"It's very soft, not conditions the West Indies would be suited to," he said. "I'm sure they're not entertaining any idea of playing cricket here at the moment. Hopefully the umpires can give us some positive news but the body language of the West Indians, it's not looking good.

"It's dry overhead at the moment so we're hoping we can get some sort of play under way. There's a nice crowd coming and they want to see some sort of cricket.

"There is an incentive (for the West Indies to play), there are ranking points available. This is Ireland's first ODI as a test nation. It is a good spectacle and you hope the opposition teams want to play ball."

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