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England qualify for Super Eight stage

England progressed to the Super Eights stage of the Twenty20 World Cup after their Group D match against Ireland was washed out on Tuesday.

cricket Updated: May 06, 2010 00:25 IST

England progressed to the Super Eights stage of the Twenty20 World Cup after their Group D match against Ireland was washed out on Tuesday.

As the match ended without a result, both teams got one point each but England qualified for the next stage due to their superior net run-rate.

Both England, who have a net run-rate of -0.452, and Ireland’s (-3.500) had lost to hosts West Indies before coming into this rubber.

The game was abandoned as heavy rains forced suspension of play before the mandatory five overs could be bowled in the second innings to declare a result applying Duckworth-Lewis method.

Chasing 121 to win, Ireland were 14 for one in 3.3 overs when heavy rains lashed the ground for the second time.

Sent in to bat, England were off to a dismal start but Eoin Morgan’s determined 37-ball 45 helped them post a modest 120 for eight.

Morgan, who struck five fours, found good support from Luke Wright (20 off 24). The duo came together when the team was struggling at 49 for four and added 41 runs for the fifth wicket to repair the innings.

Rain halted the match soon after Ireland began its reply.

They were four for no loss in 1.2 overs when the match was halted due to heavy downpour.

The proceedings resumed after almost half-an-hour but Ireland had added only 10 runs in 13 balls that heavens opened up again.

Ireland lost opener Paul Stirling (0) off Ryan Sidebottom in the second over.

Earlier, the Ireland bowlers exploited the conditions well and made life tough for the English batsmen.