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Unlucky Ireland crash out of Kenya tri-series

Published: Thursday, October 23, 2008, 15:20 [IST]
 
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NAIROBI :
Persistent rain put paid to Ireland's hopes of reaching the final in the one-day triangular series in Kenya after yet another heavy downpour prevented play in the game between the hosts and Zimbabwe on Thursday.

As a result both Kenya and Zimbabwe have qualified for the final on Saturday on the strength of their superior run rate while Ireland, who, despite being also on nine points, and needed only a point bow out of the series.

The incident has left the Ireland coach Phil Simmons a disappointed man.

"Every team wants to be in the final. We have played well in the series and we deserved our place. But there's little we could do with the rain," said Simmons.

The Irish side will now travel to South Africa where they are scheduled to play Namibia in the ICC Intercontinental Cup final starting in Port Elizabeth on October 30.

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