Monday 18 December 2017

Cricket: Simmons looking to give Zimbabwe the runaround

AS Ireland bid to take revenge in today's second one-day international in Harare, all the talk in the visitors' camp still centred around the run-out that never was in Sunday's two-wicket defeat by Zimbabwe.

With the hosts needing three runs to win from two balls, everyone at the Harare Sports Club was sure that Ed Rainsford's bid for a second run had failed to beat Gary Wilson's throw and Niall O'Brien's neat glovework -- everyone, that is, except umpire Amish Saheba.

If the Indian umpire had raised his finger, Zimbabwe would still have been a run shy of Ireland's 200 all out with their No 11 walking out to face Kevin O'Brien.

Instead it stayed down and, with the scores level, Rainsford lifted a six over long-leg and the home side were 1-0 ahead in the three-match series.

"You could almost see with our camera from the behind the bowler's arm that he was out," Ireland coach Phil Simmons said, "but it's the umpire's decision and you have to abide by it. There are no television cameras at these games."

A similar incident cost Ireland victory in their opening game of the 2007 World League in Kenya when a Bermudian umpire appeared to be unsighted when Scotland skipper Craig Wright was two yards short of his ground. Again there was no TV umpire.

That sickening defeat sparked Ireland's worse sequence of international results this century, but skipper William Porterfield is confident his men can bounce back this time and level the series to set up a decider on Thursday.

Irish Independent

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