August 22, 2017

South Africa knock Ireland out of Cricket World Cup

Oops - 99 not out and JP Duminy has just skied a shot - #$%*#$%#$.

South Africa advanced to the quarter-finals of the Cricket World Cup but Ireland was sent home following a 131 run victory at Eden Gardens.

The remaining teams in contention in Group B are India, West Indies, Bangladesh and England. One of them will also be going home by the Weekend. Well maybe not Bangladesh and India because they are already home.

Ireland won the toss and as is common with minnow sides they asked South Africa to bat hoping to get lucky. They didn’t. JP Duminy held the innings together with an excellent 99. He was assisted with some power hitting from Morne van Wyk (42) and Colin Ingram (46).

South Africa reached 272 for 7 wickets in their 50 overs. The Irish bowlers shared the wickets around with five of them getting one each, with two run-outs.

Ireland were never in it, losing wickets at regular intervals. Most of the Batsmen got set but no one could go onand get the big score that Ireland needed to stay alive in the tournament.

Gary Wilson top scored for Ireland with 31, but it was the South African bowlers who were the stars. Morne Morkel (3-33) and Robin Peterson (3-32) were the stand-out performers with the ball.

For Ireland though beating England at ‘their’ game on the biggest stage of all will feel like winning the World Cup.

Well done Ireland for showing us that the minows can compete with the arrogant top eight sides in World Cricket.

South Africa 272 for 7 (Duminy 99, Ingram 46, van Wyk 42) beat Ireland 141 (Peterson 3-32, Morkel 3-33) by 131 runs.