Chelmsford International hampered by weather

Brian Jeeves

Ireland v Bangladesh – 2023 ODI Series – First ODI – Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford – Report

Bangladesh 246/9 (50.0 overs)

Ireland 65/3 (16.3 overs)

Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl

Match Abandoned – No Result

Wet weather conditions ensured an early conclusion to the first One Day International between Ireland and Bangladesh at the Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford.

A soldout audience, largely consisting of enthusiastic Bangladeshi supporters, provided a dash of colour to an otherwise overcast day.

Najmul Shanto endeared himself to the excitable crowd by hitting 44 off 66 balls during a 102-minute stint at the crease. The Rajshahi-born left-hander was eventually dismissed, hooking Curtis Campher to Mark Adair on the rope. His innings included seven boundaries.

Wicketkeeper/batter, Mushfiqur Rahim’s fifty came off just 63 balls. The experienced 35-year-old, who made his Bangladesh Test Match debut against England in 2005 at the age of sixteen, departed on 61, becoming Josh Little’s second victim. The left-arm fast-medium Dubliner finished with figures of three for 61.  

Adair and Graham Hume claimed two wickets apiece, while Towhid Hridoy and Mehidy Miraz each contributed 27 to Bangladesh’s 246/9.

Ireland had reached 65/3 by the middle of the seventeenth over when heavy showers forced the players back to the pavilion. Harry Tector was unbeaten on 21, while Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam and Taijul Islam tasted success with the ball for Bangladesh.

The second ODI between Ireland and Bangladesh will take place at the Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford on Friday, May 12 (10:45am).

Ireland (from): Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Graham Hume, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young

Bangladesh (from): Shakib Al Hasan, Yasir Ali, Mirttunjoy Chowdhury, Litton Das, Ebadot Hossain, Towhid Hridoy, Tamim Iqbal, Taijul Islam, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Mehidy Miraz, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Najmul Shanto

Umpires: Michael Gough, Roly Black, Adrian Holdstock and Paul Reynolds

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