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26 July 201517:39

Ireland finishes third after washout

Rain has final say in play-off game in Malahide as Hong Kong finishes fourth

Ireland finishes third after washout - Cricket News

The match was officially called off nearly three hours after the scheduled start of play, with the covers firmly on throughout the morning.

Steady rain in Malahide forced the third-place play-off between Ireland and Hong Kong in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 to be washed out on Sunday (July 26).

The match was officially called off nearly three hours after the scheduled start of play, with the covers firmly on throughout the morning. As a result, Ireland finishes third as it topped the Group A points table and Hong Kong ends up in fourth place.

Scotland and Netherlands will face off in the final later on Sunday at the same venue.

Ireland won the tournament for the past two editions, but missed a chance to take the tally to three after a five-wicket defeat to Netherlands in the second semi-final on Saturday. In the first semi-final on the same day, Hong Kong lost to Scotland by a five-wicket margin as well.

However, both Ireland and Hong Kong sealed their berths for the ICC World Twenty20 2016 in India. Ireland automatically qualified by virtue of finishing at the top of Group A with eight points, while Hong Kong secured its spot with a five-wicket win against Afghanistan in the first Qualifying play-off game.

In terms of individual performances with the bat, William Porterfield was Ireland's highest run-getter with 190 runs at 47.50 while for Hong Kong, Irfan Ahmed was the leading scorer with 185 runs at 26.42. With the ball, John Mooney finished with 14 wickets for Ireland while Haseeb Amjad impressed with 12 wickets for Hong Kong.