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Ireland's marquee ODI of the summer abandoned despite sunny conditions in Belfast

The West Indies were in town, but the rain was the winner up north.

IRELAND’S MISERABLE, AND utterly frustrating, summer was compounded in Belfast this afternoon as the marquee fixture of the home season was washed out without a ball being bowled.

A general view of Stormont as play is delayed The scene at a sunny Stormont earlier. Source: Rowland White/INPHO

Although the weather had held firm over the course of Wednesday morning, the umpires were forced to call the ODI against West Indies off at 1.30pm due to a sodden outfield at Stormont.

Heavy overnight rain, coupled with a further downpour shortly before the inevitable outcome was made official, means Ireland still wait to play their first game against a Test-playing nation since being awarded full membership status of the ICC back in June.

West Indies now fly to England ahead of a one-off T20 international on Saturday and a five-game ODI series.

Ireland are next in action when they face Scotland in the concluding round of the ICC Intercontinental Cup in November, a game which will mark the end of coach John Bracewell’s time in charge before he’s succeeded by Graham Ford.

Today’s no-result means Ireland end the summer with no victories to their name having lost twice to both New Zealand and Bangladesh as well as drawing with Netherlands in a four-day game. It’s now eight games since Bracewell’s side last won.

Ireland v West Indies - One Day International Series - Civil Service Cricket Club West Indies captain Jason Holder signs autographs for young fans. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Ireland v West Indies - One Day International Series - Civil Service Cricket Club Despite the best efforts of the ground staff, the game was abandoned. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Ireland v West Indies - One Day International Series - Civil Service Cricket Club Ireland's Kevin O'Brien. Source: Brian Lawless

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