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Ireland frustrated after washout

CRICKET: was real frustration for Ireland today with heavy morning rain in Abu Dhabi meaning their World Twenty20 Group A game against Italy was abandoned without a ball bowled.

William Porterfield's men came into the contest full of confidence following Wednesday's record-breaking win over USA but were left kicking their heels as the rain continued through the morning.

Heavy rain left the adjacent pitches and run-ups sodden, and despite several inspections, play was officially called off at 12.35 (UAE).

The consolation for the Irish boys is that with the sides picking up a point apiece they remain in pole position in the group – one point ahead of Hong Kong, and three in front of hosts UAE, who have a match in hand.

Two more wins, against Uganda tomorrow and second-placed Hong Kong on Sunday, would see Ireland emerge as group winners and into the semi-finals of the tournament.

Coach Phil Simmons (pictured) will be looking ahead no further than the first of those for now though, especially with further rain expected in the area tonight.

The match tomorrow against Uganda gets under way at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium at 10.0 Irish time.