Scotland Tri-series - Rain thwarts series opener

Scotland Tri-series - Rain thwarts series opener

Tags: Tri-Nation Tournament in Scotland 2011, Ireland v Sri Lanka 1st Match at Edinburgh - Jul 11, 2011, Sri Lanka, Ireland, abandoned without a ball

Published on: Jul 12, 2011

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Ireland v Sri Lanka - match abandoned without a ball bowled The Scottish monsoon season put paid to Sri Lanka's ODI against Ireland on Monday. With the sun beating down in mid-afternoon the small crowd were hopeful of seeing some play, but the damage had already been done.

IrelandvSri Lanka- match abandoned without a ball bowled

The Scottish monsoon season put paid to Sri Lanka's ODI against Ireland on Monday. With the sun beating down in mid-afternoon the small crowd were hopeful of seeing some play, but the damage had already been done.

"There was a huge amount of rain here from the middle of last week", said Ieland captain William Porterfield. "When it rained again this morning I think that finished it off. The sun eventually came out but it was far too late for any chance of play."

It was hugely disappointing for the Irish team, who were keen to mix it with one of the leading sides in the world. "It would have been great to play them here, as conditions are very similar to Ireland," said Porterfield. "It's almost home advantage against an Asian team"

With the weather taking a turn for the better, the skipper was confident that the rest of the tri-series tournament would be completed.

"We're playing Scotland tomorrow and that's always a big match for the guys. They've been playing well in the CB40 and had two good wins over Holland last week. They've a young side and they're going in the right direction."

Ireland will have to play without Niall O'Brien, who returned to his county last night, Porterfield explained. "Gary Wilson has kept in the recent games and is a good keeper. Andrew Poynter will come in and he deserves his chance. He's got good scores for us in vital games before and he works very hard at his game."

Ireland play Scotland on Tuesday, while the hosts face Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

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