1st ODI: Brilliant Billings steers England to comfortable win over Ireland

Tanya Simon
August 2, 2020

But an unfamiliar-looking England, in the first of a three-match series that launches the new World Cup Super League to determine qualification for the 2023 50-over showpiece in India, slumped to 78-4 at the Ageas Bowl.

But Sam Billings, a late injury replacement for Kent team-mate Joe Denly, made 67 not out, including 11 fours.

England's squad still featured eight World Cup winners, including captain Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, James Vince and Adil Rashid.

Ireland were three down in the sixth over, Mahmood getting in the wickets column when Tector, who made a pair of half-centuries in Ireland's two warm-ups, inside edged onto his stumps to depart for a nine-ball duck. He put on 66 for the eighth wicket with Andy McBrine (40) to give Ireland something to defend.

Ireland were in danger of being dismissed for under 100 but all-rounder Curtis Campher held firm with an unbeaten 59 on debut.

Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan, Andy Balbirnie, Paul Stirling, Moeen Ali, Simi Singh, Saqib Mahmood, David Willey, Boyd Rankin, Adil Rashid and Josh Little.

Willey was already enjoying his comeback and his day took another turn for the better when Delany slapped to backward point before Lorcan Tucker was trapped lbw - overturned on review - off the next ball.

The England vs Ireland 1st ODI will begin at 6:30 PM IST on July 30.

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Ireland, on the other hand, haven't had much success in the year so far.

In England's first home one-day worldwide since being crowned world champions, Willey bowled with plenty of guile and was chiefly responsible for Ireland teetering to 28 for five in the seventh over.

Willey's return was his best in 47 ODIs, surpassing his 4-34 against Sri Lanka in Cardiff in 2016.

Ireland bowler Barry McCarthy, who limped off the field after bowling five balls in the opener, is having a scan on a knee injury on Friday.

The hosts will be without the likes of Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer as the big names recently played against West Indies and are now gearing up for the Test series against Pakistan starting next week.

England are set to face Ireland in what will be first white-ball global series after the COVID-19 break.

But Morgan, England's limited-overs captain, said he had more talented players at his disposal than he had ever seen before.

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