Ireland v West Indies ODI abandoned

Chris Gayle (centre) surveys the scene at a soggy Stormont

Ireland’s one-day international against West Indies at Stormont was abandoned after a rain shower at lunchtime ended any hope of the game getting under way.

The scheduled start was 10:15 BST but Tuesday’s heavy rain meant the prospect of any play looked slim, despite morning sun in Belfast.

A number of pitch inspections took place before the abandonment was announced at 13:30 after yet more rain.

West Indies face England in a Twenty20 game at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

That will be followed by a five-match one-day series which starts with Tuesday’s contest at Old Trafford.

Chris Gayle was set to feature at Stormont after both he and Marlon Samuels returned to the West Indies squad for the one-day games.

The duo had been absent from the squad following disagreements with the West Indies Cricket Board over their non-availability for domestic games.

Wednesday’s match was set to be Ireland’s first against a Test-playing nation since they were granted full member status by the International Cricket Council in June.

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