Ireland's hopes of levelling their World Cup Super League series against Zimbabwe were ended by a torrential downpour at Stormont after the hosts had posted an impressive 282 for 8.

The Irish weathered a fiery start by the visitors attack to lay a solid foundation with an opening stand of 82 in 22.3 overs by the old firm of William Porterfield and Paul Stirling.

Stirling was for unusually reserved, hitting four boundaries in a sedate 33 from 71 balls, before being well caught at midwicket by Sikander Raza.

Porterfield went on to top score with 67 (7 fours, 1 six) - his third consecutive ODI half century, as the Irish innings built momentum, as he and skipper Andy Balbirnie (40) added 69 in 75 balls for the second wicket.

Runs for William Porterfield: Pic by Sportsfile

The Boys in Green then really went through the gears as 110 runs came in the last ten overs, with Harry Tector showing signs of increasing maturity and confidence in a fluent fifty.

He hit six fours and a six in his 55 from 42 balls, sharing stands of 48 with George Dockrell (28) and 66 in just six overs with Lorcan Tucker (32).

The boundary count saw Ireland hit 25 fours and 6 sixes, as they powered their way to 282 for 8 - their highest ODI score at Stormont.

Alas, all in vain as the weather Gods intervened.

The teams will try again on Monday in the third and final game of the series.