England take FIVE wickets for just 28 runs against Ireland in 1st ODI

England take FIVE wickets for just 28 runs in rapid start against Ireland in the first ODI in Southampton… with David Willey ripping through tourists’ top order

  • England are facing Ireland in the first of three One-Day Internationals 
  • The hosts won the toss and elected to bowl and it proved a smart decision
  • David Willey, making his first appearance since the World Cup, took four wickets
  • Pace bowler Saqib Mahmood also took a wicket as Ireland crumbled early on 

England’s one-day contingent have got off to an absolute flyer against Ireland, taking five wickets for the loss of just 28 runs at the Ageas Bowl. 

David Willey opened the bowling for England in his first international appearance since making way in the World Cup squad for Jofra Archer and the left-arm seamer made a breakthrough within four balls.

Paul Stirling was the Ireland opener to depart for two, miscuing a full and in-swinging delivery to Morgan at short midwicket. 

England are off to a flyer in the first ODI against Ireland, taking five wickets in just 6.3 overs

Willey took four wickets early on, including captain Andrew Balbirnie who was caught behind

Willey had a second wicket with just his seventh delivery, the left-armer getting a delivery to hold its line as Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie’s wild slash took a faint nick before being caught behind.

Gareth Delany had watched both wickets fall from the other end but he responded with three successive fours off Saqib Mahmood, albeit the first of which flew through just wide of a diving Jason Roy at second slip.

Ireland’s Harry Tector was bowled by England pace bowler Saqib Mahmood early on

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.

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.

Campher came to the crease for the first time in international cricket facing a hat-trick ball, which he survived, but Ireland were staring down the barrel on 28 for five.

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