Collingwood thankful for rain
Captain Paul Collingwood had cause to be grateful for rain as England advanced to the ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights stage after their clash with Ireland was abandoned.
England mustered a modest 120 for eight after being put into bat at the Providence Stadium in Guyana, thanks largely to Eoin Morgan’s 45 off 37 balls on a difficult pitch.
Collingwood questioned the Duckworth-Lewis method in its current form after England’s cruel defeat to West Indies yesterday, but Ireland’s reply was twice halted as they reached 14 for one from 3.3 overs.
When the 5pm local time cut-off arrived, with five overs of their innings yet to be completed, a no-result was declared.
That meant England progressed alongside group winners West Indies by virtue of a superior run-rate, having made 191 for five against the hosts, while Ireland were bowled out by them for 68 last week.
“I guess the rain’s come around today at a time that’s got us through to the next stage,” Collingwood admitted. “It didn't help us yesterday but today I guess it's helped us a little bit.”
Collingwood claimed he was satisfied with the target England side had set Ireland, given the lack of pace in the surface.
“We were pretty confident once we got up to 120. I think it was a 130 wicket and you’d have been really happy with that; 140 and you’d have been really confident of protecting that score.
“It could have got quite close today. There was certainly a bit of turn out there and it was seaming around as well and a lot different to the wicket we played on the other day.”
Collingwood also praised Dublin-born England batsman Morgan, whose innings came a day after he hit 55 off 35 deliveries against West Indies.
“He's a very versatile player,” Collingwood added. “He’s got the power, he can play all the shots, but he’s also got a good mind and that's what you need in the middle order.
“You've got to adjust to the situation, and he seems to be reading it pretty well.
“We wanted to get to the 15th over and then get our shots away, but it was hard on that wicket and a lot of credit to the Irish bowlers.
“That wicket seemed to suit them quite well today, unfortunately, but I'm absolutely delighted the way 'Morgs' is going and progressing as a player.”
Ireland captain Will Porterfield was instead the one to feel hard done by after his batsmen were not given the chance to chase what he felt was a vulnerable target.
"If the rain hadn't come we were pretty confident chasing down 120 that we could knock it off. But it's just one of those things,” he said.
"We just want to get into Super Eights and beat the big teams in there. We came with our sights set on that, and showed glimpses in our performance that we could do that.
"The way we came out today, after Friday's disappointment, was great. The attitude we took out into the field there was brilliant. If we can take that into every game, we'll go places.”
Of facing former team-mate Morgan, Porterfield added: “I've played against him a few times, but it is a bit different when he's out in the middle in a big game like that. Especially over the last six to eight months, he's kicked on big time.”