Dublin washout upsets Simmons

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Coach Phil Simmons emerged frustrated and outspoken, after Ireland's second ODI against Sri Lanka was washed out without a delivery bowled at Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin earlier this week.

Coach Phil Simmons emerged frustrated and outspoken, after Ireland's second ODI against Sri Lanka was washed out without a delivery bowled at Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin earlier this week.

The Irish lost Tuesday's series opener by 79 runs and sported high ambition of a prompt turnaround on Thursday.

Persistent rain, however, saw umpires Richard Kettleborough and Richard Smith declare a no-result shortly before 14:00 local time.

"It was not as if the outfield was sodden or it was raining all the time," said Simmons. "The whole of the square should have been covered.

"It was disappointing to lose the first game on Tuesday but not nearly as disappointing as missing out on the chance of a second match."

The first ODI was, admittedly, a scrappy affair. All-rounder Nuwan Kulasekara pushed the Sri Lankans to a final total of 219 for eight, after which seamer Suranga Lakmal's three key wickets reduced the hosts to an insufficient 140 all out in 39.5 overs.

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