First ODI between Ireland and USA cancelled after COVID-19 case surfaces

First ODI between Ireland and USA cancelled after COVID-19 case surfaces

The remaining ODIs will go ahead as planned.

USA v Ireland
USA v Ireland. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The first One Day International in the Dafabet USA v Ireland Men’s International Series scheduled for Boxing Day has unfortunately been cancelled this evening due to a positive COVID case in the umpiring team of Match Officials during the ongoing testing as part of the series’ COVID managed environment.

This has left all 4 of the umpires unavailable for the first ODI with the 3 negative tested umpires being deemed as close contacts to the 1 positive case.

The 2nd and 3rd ODIs, currently scheduled for the 28th and 30th of December, will go ahead as planned, with an alternative match official group if required.

USA Cricket would like to thank all fans and supporters for their continued support and understanding.

Ticket Update

All ticket holders for the first One Day International on December 26th may re-use their tickets for any additional match in the series. Alternatively, if you are unable to re-use your tickets, please send an email with your proof of purchase to and your full fee will be refunded within 7 working days.

Tickets continue on sale online now for the 2nd and 3rd One Day International on December 28th and December 30th.

Ireland win second T20I

Ireland, being the favourites in the T20I series, didn’t quite start on an auspicious note. In the first game, they lost to the home team by 26 runs. But in the second game, the visiting team, led by Andrew Balbirnie, made amends, winning by nine runs. After being put in to bat first, Ireland posted a competitive score of 150 in 18.5 overs.

Lorcan Tucker, while batting at No.3, notched a 56-ball knock of 84 with the help of nine fours and three sixes. He came to bat in the second over after Nisarg Patel got rid of opening batter Paul Stirling. The rest of the Irish batting looked lacklustre as Simi Singh’s 13 was the second-highest after Tucker’s score.

Thereafter, Curtis Campher picked up a four-wicket haul to make sure that Ireland restricted the USA to 141 for seven in 20 overs. Campher got the wickets of Gajanand Singh, Sushant Modani, Marty Kain and Yasir Mohammad. Monank Patel, Singh and Modani scored in the 20s for the USA, but their efforts went in vain.