England reach the Super Eights

England have edged their way into the Super Eight phase of the ICC World Twenty20 having been helped by the elements to beat Ireland on Tuesday (England 7/1 to win ICC World Twenty20 competition outright).

England will now look to show improved performances in the competition if they want to have any chance of winning their first World Cup tournament.

Captain Paul Collingwood did admit that the Caribbean weather had been both a friend and an enemy to his team’s games so far in the competition.

He said: “I guess the rain’s come around today at a time that’s got us through to the next stage.”

Ireland captain William Porterfield said: “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.”

It’s still undecided who England will face in the next stage of the competition with only a match against New Zealand in St Lucia on May 8 already confirmed.

As it stands England could find themselves playing the likes of Australia, Pakistan, South Africa or India (India 4/1 to win the ICC World Twenty20 outright) in their other two Super Eight games.

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