ODI: Ireland v England

Ireland’s cricketers have set a respectable total of 269 for 7 in their 50 over One Day International at Malahide against an England side captained by Eoin Morgan and featuring former Ireland fast bowler Boyd Rankin.  Rankin picked up 4 wickets [for 46 runs] on his England debut, but a captain’s innings of 112 runs from 142 balls by William Porterfield has made this a testing chase for England.  As the BBC’s Stephan Shemilt put it

Yep, after a bowling and fielding performance that a group of rag dolls would have been ashamed of, England find themselves needing 270 for victory in Dublin. “But 270 isn’t that big a chase in ODIs” I hear both of you cry. Normally not, but this slow deck will suit the Ireland medium pacers. England’s raw batting line-up has big work to do.

You can follow the England innings on the BBC, listen via TMS, cricinfo text commentary, or the Big G’s version

England need 270 from 50 overs to win. But they’ve lost an early wicket…

Carberry  lbw bowled Johnston 10 from 13 balls.  FOW 11 for 1 from 3.1 overs.

Wright bowled Murtagh 5 from 20 balls.  FOW 25 for 2 from 8.2 overs

Ooops.  Ballance caught Wilson bowled Murtagh 0 from 2 balls.  FOW 25 for 3 from 8.4 overs.

Taylor bowled Murtagh 25 from 42 balls.  FOW 48 for 4 from 14.5 overs.

England made 274 for 4 from 43 overs. 

England win by 6 wickets with 7 overs to spare.  Comfortably in the end.  Due in no small measure to a record 5th wicket partnership of 226 runs from 28.1 overs. 

Stunning innings from Morgan who hit 124 runs from 106 balls and Bopara, 101 runs from 75 balls.