Ireland Beat Bermuda In Another Low Scoring Game

Ireland booked their place in the semi-finals of the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Belfast by beating Bermuda by four runs on Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-interrupted, low scoring game. Batting first, Ireland made 43 for seven in nine overs before restricting Bermuda to 41 for eight in their nine overs. No batsman in the match could make it into double figures in a game that was rarely for Twenty20 cricket, one for the bowlers to revel in. Irvine Romaine picked up two for two, George O'Brien two for 13 and Stefan Kelly two for 18. Top scorer for Ireland was Kevin O'Brien with six. Three fours were struck in the whole innings. Bermuda made an appalling start to their innings, chasing 46 to win when Chris Foggo was dismissed for a golden duck and David Hemp went to the second ball he faced without scoring, both falling to Paul Connell, who finished with three for eight. Stephen Outerbridge top scored with eight, and O'Brien even managed to hit a six late on, but it was too little too late, Andre Botha returning two for eight and O'Brien delivering an excellent final over to restrict Bermuda to just three runs. The semi-final line up is now complete with Ireland playing Kenya in the first semi-final before Scotland take on the Netherlands. Canada and Bermuda will play off to decide which side finishes fifth. © Cricket World 2008