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Ireland improve, but England still far too strong on a historic day at Lord's

“We put up a bit more of a fight,” says Ireland captain William Porterfield.

George Dockrell saves three runs by stopping Jonny Bairstow's strike going for a six.
George Dockrell saves three runs by stopping Jonny Bairstow's strike going for a six.
Image: Presseye/Rowland White/INPHO

England 328/6

Ireland 243 (46.1 overs)

England won by 85 runs

ENGLAND HAD 85 runs to spare over Ireland in their second one-day international, but John Bracewell’s visitors can take some solace in a much improved performance on a historic day at Lord’s.

Ireland were a distant second best in Bristol on Friday but showed glimpses of promise in front of a crowd of 24,000 after winning the toss and putting England in to bat.

The visitors managed to hold England to 60 runs for their first two wickets, openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy falling to Tim Murtagh and Barry McCarthy respectively.

But they stamped their class all over this game as Dublin-born Eoin Morgan and man of the match Joe Root combined for a magnificent 140 for the third wicket.

Morgan would finish with 76 and Root with 73, before Jonny Bairstow put up 72 not out to set Ireland an ominous 329 to chase.

A general view of Lord's Cricket Ground Source: Presseye/Rowland White/INPHO

Paul Stirling got Ireland off to a perfect start with the ball and they were 68 without loss before he got the slightest nick off Jake Ball’s delivery at the opening of the 14th over and caught behind by Sam Billings, the umpires eventually dismissing him after the review.

Root (3-52) and Liam Plunkett (3-23) did enough to quell any fears of an Irish comeback, the visitors dismissed for 243.

“I’m very proud of the first half especially, how we went out there with the ball,” said Ireland captain William Porterfield who top scored with 82 runs before he was bowled by Mark Wood.


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Mark Wood celebrates with a leap with Joe Root after he bowls George Dockrel to win the match Mark Wood and Joe Root celebrate after dismissing George Dockrell to win. Source: Andrew Fosker/INPHO

“I thought we bowled very well and could quite easily have restricted them to maybe 20 less.

“Today we put up a bit more of a fight with the bat as well. They had to get us out as opposed to a few soft dismissals.”

He added: “I knew we were a couple of wickets behind the rate. If we’d had those couple of wickets in hand coming down to the back end, to the last 15, I think it could have been a very different game.”

Next up for Ireland is a tri-series in Dublin which begins against Bangladesh on Friday in Malahide before continuing against New Zealand on Sunday.

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