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21 June 201522:02

Rain washes out final T20I

Scotland takes four-match series 2-0; Cross gets series honours

Rain washes out final T20I  - Cricket News
Ireland’s hopes of registering a win in the four-match Twenty20 International series against Scotland were washed out as the final T20I was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain at Bready on Sunday (June 21).

Ireland, choosing to bowl, made two changes for the match, drafting in Max Sorensen and Andrew McBrine for Craig Young and Graeme McCarter. Scotland brought in Alasdair Evans for Josh Davey.

However, the rain began falling soon after and there were no signs of it easing off.

There was a glimmer of hope for a five-over game, but the match was eventually called off, giving Scotland a 2-0 series win. Matthew Cross was adjudged player of the series for his 108 runs in two innings.

Scotland picked up a six-wicket win in the third game with Cross following up his 34-ball 60 in the first victory with another quick-fire 48 from 30 balls, and that was the difference between the two sides.

With the second T20I abandoned due to rain, the two boards – Cricket Ireland and Cricket Scotland – with the approval of the ICC, had decided to add an extra game to the series, which also served as warm-up for the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, making it a four-T20I affair.

Ireland was hurt by the absence of key players. It will also be concerned about the lack of match time with three of its games this summer being abandoned. The first T20I in the series was Ireland's first since its clash in the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh more than 12 months ago, where it lost to the Netherlands.

The two sides will now compete in the ICC WT20 Qualifier, which are scheduled to begin on July 9 in Edinburgh.