Washout across the board

ICC Europe/CricketEurope

Rain wreaked havoc with today's programme, none of the scheduled matches achieving a result.

Perhaps the closest to a completed game was at Waringstown, where Ireland might well have been celebrating a third consecutive championship success had they got through to the requisite 20-over mark against Jersey.

Defending a Duckworth-Lewis adjusted score of 196, Ireland had the Channel Islanders struggling at 36 for 3 after eight overs, Shane Getkate and Graeme McCarter in the wickets. But when the rains came again and the darkness closed in, the players' second departure from the field was to be their last.

Earlier in the day, Jason van der Merwe had starred with the bat for Ireland: accumulating at the start; hitting out once a three-hour rain delay had left the Irish with only nine more overs to bat. Ryan Hunter continued his good tournament with another score of 30-plus, while Getkate proved his all-round quality with a rapid 39 - three sixes, one four - towards the end.

At Comber, meanwhile, the rain denied Guernsey what could have been a famous win over Scotland. Needing just 114 for victory, Robbie le Corre and Isaac Damerall had made a bright start - reaching 26 for 1 after six overs - but their chase went no further, not even on one of the fastest-draining grounds in Ireland.

Guernsey's seamers had been the stars of the morning session: Matthew Renouf claimed 3 for 30, while Tom Still took 2 for 14 from 8 overs, their opening spells reducing the Scottish to the disastrous position of 44 for 7.

Indeed, the Scots' batting has been one of the major disappointments of the week and only Kyle Smith - batting at nine - made any fist of it, enduring close to two hours for what became a match-saving 36.

At Larne, weather conditions were even less generous: only thirteen overs were bowled as the Danes - playing the Dutch - made their best start of the week, reaching 45 for 4. Anders Bulow top-scored with 11 from 49 balls, while Emile van den Burg claimed a brace of unassisted wickets.

Tomorrow, Ireland take on Scotland in a championship decider at Osborne Park in Belfast, while Jersey v Denmark at Coleraine and Netherlands v Guernsey at Bready will decide the remaining positions in the final table.