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    With all the covers now removed, the news is that the match is now a 19-overs-a-side clash. There will be just 10 minutes between innings. Play should resume around 1615 BST.

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    The hokey-cokey continues. Covers are being removed again now. Fingers crossed!

  • Shouldn't have said that. No sooner had the covers come off than the rain begins to fall again. At 1540 BST, the groundstaff are back in action and there won't be a resumption just yet.

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    Good news. The rain has stopped now and the covers are coming off at the Premadasa.

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    Should point out that if there is no more play, West Indies will qualify for the next round on run rate.

  • Bad news I'm afraid - the rain has become heavier and the players are coming off the field. The large cover sheets are quickly pulled across the square and we'll have to wait and see what happens. Exactly five overs have gone and Ireland are 33 for one.

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    Over 5 IRE 33/1 (Joyce 17, Stirling 16)

    Darren Sammy comes into the attack and his second ball is thrashed through the covers for four by Stirling. That's followed by another four - squarer this one - as Ireland look to push things along. A couple of easy singles follow before an ambitious scoop shot from Stirling fails to come off. He's no Dilshan you know.

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    Over 4 IRE 23/1 (Joyce 16, Stirling 7)

    Joyce dissects the field from the first ball of the over and Russell can't prevent a boundary despite a diving effort. Classy shot from the former England man. As rain starts to fall, Johnson Charles then produces the first sloppy fielding of the day at third man to cost his side a run - the fielding from the Windies was poor against the Aussies on Saturday. Joyce blocks an inside edge with his pads from the penultimate ball and the last is also a dot. Still under six an over.

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    Over 3 IRE 17/1 (Joyce 10, Stirling 7)

    Top edge from Stirling flies over the keeper for four, much to the delight of the small band of supporters but not Edwards. Stirling then checks on a shot but still manages to get the ball over Russell at mid-off to run two. The final two balls are dot balls from Edwards as he pulls things back for the Windies. Less than a run a ball so far from Ireland. They must improve.

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    Over 2 IRE 10/1 (Joyce 9, Stirling 1)

    Ravi Rampaul is first on at the other end and Stirling gets off the mark first ball with a single. Joyce also takes one, down to deep backward point. Rampaul goes past the Stirling bat with a fine outswinger. There was a noise but it wasn't a nick. Strong over from Rampaul to start - just two from it.

  • Over 1 IRE 8/1 (Joyce 8, Stirling 0)

    WICKET! Will Porterfield is cleaned up first ball by Edwards! A yorker surprises the batsman and he's bowled first ball - his second diamond duck of the tournament! Ed Joyce comes to the crease to replace him and edges the next delivery - another full one - through third man. The fifth ball sees Joyce almost chop the ball onto his stumps. However, the inside edge just misses and instead flies away for a fortunate boundary.

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    Fidel Edwards has the ball and he'll open the bowling for the Windies.

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    The players are on the pitch so we will be starting on time.

  • William Porterfield incorrectly calls heads and the West Indies will have a bowl first. With an eye on the forecast and possible Duckworth/Lewis involvement, Darren Sammy says he's confident his bowlers can restrict the Irish to a low total then knock it off. They've made two changes with Darren Bravo and Andre Russell in for the Dwaynes - Bravo and Smith. Ireland are without Boyd Rankin, with Nigel Jones coming in.

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    Note to self: Check weather forecast before saying "hopefully we've got a good game in prospect"..

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    Hello one and all and welcome to our coverage of this ICC World Twenty20 clash between West Indies and Ireland. The winners of this one book their place in the Super Eights so hopefully we've got a good game in prospect.