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Match Highlights
Ireland v Scotland
Bready, 21 June 2015
Twenty20 International
1:17 PM Good afternoon from a cool, blustery but for the moment dry Bready CC and the final Twenty20 international of this four-match series between Ireland and Scotland. Ian Callender back again with full ball by ball commentary on the game which is scheduled to start at 2pm
1:20 PM There are a few dark clouds overhead but the tarpaulins have been taken off the square and if there is no more rain - we've had a few light skiffs this morning - we will have a prompt start. The Ireland team are currently on the outfield, in a circle listening to captain Kevin O'Brien and the players know now the starting line-up. I will tell you when I know. The Scots are also together on the far side of the ground knowing they have an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series
1:22 PM The Ireland team have much to prove today after two disappointing performances. No batsman has scored more than 26 and the less side about the pace bowlers the better. They have only three more games before the first match in the World Twenty20 qualifiers start on July 10. Scotland will be looking to assert their superiority and have been by the far the most impressive in all three disciplines. The toss is due in 10 minutes
1:34 PM Kevin O'Brien has, finally, won the toss and has asked Scotland to bat
1:35 PM Team news is that Craig Young and Graeme McCarter are the scapegoats for Ireland's bowling performance and have been replaced by Max Sorensen and Andy McBrine. Scotland have left out Josh Davey and Ally Evans plays
1:43 PM Young dancers providing the pre-match entertainment on the outfield with some highland dancing
2:01 PM I'm afraid my optimism was premature and we are battening down the hatches on the media tent and the tarpaulins are back alongside the covers as the rain continues
2:09 PM The rain has stopped and the umpires are out in the middle inspecting the damage. I can't actually see anything as the covers of our media tent are blocking my view but through the side window the sun is out. Will keep you updated but my optimism has returned
2:12 PM Just 15 minutes to wait, apparently and if no more rain we will start at 2.25pm. No reduction in overs
2:20 PM The 15 mins of non-rain was too optimistic. It has started again so we will need another inspection when it stops. Covers back on but my boss here, Barry Chambers, tells me it is bright at the back and this shower should move through quickly
2:29 PM Umpires tentatively back to the middle as the rain appears to have stopped. But we will start losing overs in about 20 mins
2:32 PM Filling in the time for the crowd here at Bready with a few birthday requests and a rendition of Happy birthday over the PA. Claire from Cricket Ireland and Marcella from the local club have birthdays in last couple of days
2:38 PM Umpires have been to the middle and walked off again but the covers are still on. Hope they are now waiting for more rain!
2:45 PM And the umpires were obviously right as the rain is about to return and more covers being brought on. It's definitely going to be one of these days when the groundstaff are going to be the hardest working people
2:54 PM As the rain continues here, some news from the county championship and Paul Stirling missing this match because he is back in the Middlesex four-day. Unfortunately he was out for 4. But Gary Wilson is 20 not out at Derby although Surrey are struggling at 150-5
3:06 PM Familiar story, rain stops, umpires return and have a look but still no announcment. A mini sopper is now going over the tarpaulins
3:15 PM Latest from the second division of the Women's county championship Ireland Women got 165 all out in their one-day game against Devon with Kim Garth 54 not out and ini reply Devon are 100-4 in 27 overs, two wickets each for Laura Delany and skipper Isobel Joyce
3:17 PM Rain is back again here at Bready, I'm afraid as another heavy shower sweeps through. We desperately need a long break in the clouds
3:34 PM Weather update is the rain has stopped and the covers are coming off. Third umpire Roly Black supervising operations from the middle still no sign of Messrs Hawthorne and Llong.
3:39 PM Umpires have now made it to the middle but the covers still firmly in place although the good news is that there is blue sky from the where the weather is coming and as I write, the sun comes out. So still hoping
3:44 PM Birthday update it is new Ireland manager Chris Siddell's 30th today. Happy birthday to him. His predecessor at that age was just 12 years into an 18-year international playing career!
3:46 PM I can now see out from my seat with the hatches taken down again. Much talking going on in the middles as the mini sopper continues behing used
3:50 PM Umpires walking purposefully back to the pavilion, presumably to talk to the match referee. Covers still in situ
3:55 PM Apparently I typed 26 as the highest Ireland batsman's score in the series. That should have been 36 so hopefully higher than the temperature in Italy!
3:56 PM Result from the umpires' inspection is that they will look again at 4.15pm. Still blue sky but 20 minutes could be a long time on a day like this!
3:57 PM In other games, Gary Wilson has reached his 50 for Surrey and in Devon the home side are 133-7 off 40 overs so need 33 from the last 10 while, of course, Ireland Women need three wickets
4:10 PM Halftime scores in the O'Neill's Ulster Cup - Brigade 232-7 against CIYMS, Coleraine 163 v Instonians and Strabane 173-9 v Waringstown
4:15 PM It's 4.15pm and right on cue the umpires make their way to the middle although the blue sky has disappeared
4:19 PM There seems to be a problem at the top end of the square - out of my vision behind the covers on the pitch - where much spiking is being done. But we should have an announcement soon - if the rain doesn't return first
4:25 PM News is that we will have a 5-over 'match' starting at 4.50 which is a tad optimistic I fear! That's still 25 minutes away but here's hoping
4:27 PM Two run-outs in Devon leave Ireland Women one wicket from victory, the home side need eight off 10 balls
4:29 PM And good news from Devon, as another run-out, the fourth in a row ends the innings and Ireland win by 7 runs
4:32 PM The bad news is that the rain is back and I fear that could be terminal for this match. The players who had started their warm-up are leaving the field
4:38 PM Umpires are on their way to the middle again and usually when umpires walk out in the rain they return with only one conclusion. Let you know
4:39 PM And as the rain comes on even heavier it is match abandoned
4:40 PM So another frustrating day here for everyone at Bready. Tantalising glimpses of sun but when it was out we were waiting for the ground to dry and that's what it's been like all day.
4:40 PM The series result is Scotland 2 Ireland 0 and the man of the series is Matthew Cross for his innings of 60 and 48.
4:43 PM Ireland now have just two more games ahead of the World Twenty20 qualifiers next month - official games against the UAE and Oman on July 6 and 7. Join us for coverage of those games at Stormont but before that we have the climax of the Twenty20 inter-provincial series at Eglinton this Friday between the Warriors and Lightning. That game starts at 5pm and Michael Taylor will be your commentator for that. Until I'm next back on duty this is Ian Callender signing off, thanks for stickiing with me on a long frustrating afternoon