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Ireland v Zimbabwe

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Ireland make their World Cup debut against Zimbabwe and have a very real chance of recording a victory.

The Irish team play in the tier below the Test-playing nations, but Zimbabwe are fielding a hugely inexperienced side.

And after bowling South Africa out for 192 and beating Canada by seven wickets in their two pre-tournament warm-up games, there is good reason to think they will cause an upset.

What do you make of Ireland's chances at the World Cup?

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posted Mar 15, 2007

It is only the 3td ever tie in a World Cup match.

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posted Mar 15, 2007

I'm no cricket fan (and not Irish or Zimbabwian) - but that was fantastic. One query though, I thought Ireland won it with the last ball of the game as 221 for 9 is quite obviously better than 221 all out ? If I was playing cricket with my mates I would assume that the team that were still in after 50 overs would win over the team that was bowled out if the scores were tied ?

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posted Mar 15, 2007

South Africa have played in the only other two tied matches. Once against Australia, the other against Sri Lanka.

Piece of history for the Irish lads then <smiley>

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posted Mar 15, 2007

jeremy bray... a well deserved man of the match 116 as an opener in your first ODI world cup match... bet he sleeps well tonight!

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comment by Toe2Toe (U6288427)

posted Mar 15, 2007

Well done Ireland!!! Great performance!!

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comment by Tug (U1360302)

posted Mar 15, 2007

Ireland should have won... no seriously, they have a case.

2nd to last ball, the scrambled two... Rainsford clearly chanced his running direction to prevent the ball hitting the stumps at his end which meant he couldn't be Run Out. This is "Obstructing the Field" and would have resulted in an Ireland win by 1 run.

I'll give you the law:

Law 37.1 Out Obstructing the Field:

"Either batsman is out Obstructing the Field if he willfully obstructs or distracts the opposing side by word or action. It shall be regarded as obstruction if either batsman wilfully, and without the consent of the felding side, strikes the ball with his bat or person, other than a hand not holding the bat, after the ball has touched a fielder"

You could actually see Ian Gould thinking about it, but none of the Irish players even appealled. What do you guys think?

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posted Mar 16, 2007

Who cares about the result, sadly Ireland left this one behind them. That was a great advertisement for Irish cricket, even my mother enjoyed watching it. Only two newspapers carried the game at home (well in the Republic anyway). Very disappointing.

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posted Mar 16, 2007

in terms of entertainment, i would says these two teams gave us a good thriller. It was a rather good match if I should say, with the Irish showing their great fighting spirit and that 'irish luck'. Zim gave a good game as well although I should say this team has the potential of being a really good team. The guys are just lacking in confidence but with age on their side....

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posted Mar 16, 2007

Hi,
I'm not a cricket fan or anything but when i got in home last night and turned on the TV to see the final 10 mins or so of the game. I didn't even know Ireland had qualified for the world cup. That is an amazing feat in its self and then to go and draw with a team that has so much experience.
These are the times that you love been Irish and to see the amount of support those lads had out there. Its just unbelievable.
All i say is lads keep up the good work, Your doing the country proud and best of luck on Saturday against Pakistan. Maybe we can beat them !!
Best Of Luck for the rest of the World Cup and Well Done again.
I'll be a keen supporter on Saturday after we beat the Italians in the Rugby. So lets make it a double Celebration !
C'mon Ireland !

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posted Mar 16, 2007

Well done Ireland, but once the hangover wears off I think the players will be disapointed. The problem, Ireland dropped a multitude of catches & missed some 'easy' run outs. Yes some were hard, but there were enough 'dollies' put down for the Irish to have won with ease. I'm sure that if the game hadbeen played in one of the 'northern' league many in the crowd would have been complaining rather loudly.

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