David Willey and Sam Billings guided world champions England to a six-wicket win over Ireland at Southampton on Thursday within the first one-day worldwide.
Left-arm paceman Willey, showing in his first ODI since being neglected of England’s World Cup-winning squad for Jofra Archer, took a career-best 5-30 as Ireland had been dismissed for a modest 172 in a match that marked the return of white-ball cricket from the coronavirus lockdown.
But an unfamiliar-looking England, within the first of a three-match sequence that launches the new World Cup Super League to find out qualification for the 2023 50-over showpiece in India, slumped to 78-Four on the Ageas Bowl.
Sam Billings, a late damage substitute for Kent team-mate Joe Denly, made 67 not out together with 11 fours at higher than a run-a-ball.
Together with World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, a former Ireland batsman, he shared an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 96.
Willey took 4-12 as Ireland slumped to 28-5 after dropping the toss.
Curtis Campher held agency with an unbeaten 59 on debut.
Together with Andy McBrine (40) he shared a stand of 66 after Ireland had been in peril of being dismissed for below 100 at 79-7.
Willey struck with simply the fourth ball of the match when Paul Stirling chipped him to Morgan at midwicket.
Ireland had been 7-2 when skipper Andy Balbirnie was caught behind driving at Willey.
Gareth Delany hit 5 fours in his 22 earlier than he struck Willey straight to backward level.
Next ball, the 30-year-old Willey, the son of former England batsman and umpire David Willey, had Lorcan Tucker lbw for a duck to depart Ireland 28-5.
– Campher carries on –
The 21-year-old Campher, a former South Africa youth worldwide certified for Ireland by means of his mom, survived the hat-trick supply and went on to finish an admirable 103-ball fifty.
Kevin O’Brien, whose beautiful 50-ball hundred arrange a exceptional Ireland win over England throughout the 2011 World Cup, made 22 earlier than he holed out off leg-spinner Adil Rashid.
McBrine pulled Tom Curran to deep sq. leg earlier than Willey dismissed final man Craig Young to finish the innings.
Willey’s return was his greatest in 47 ODIs, surpassing his 4-34 towards Sri Lanka in Cardiff in 2016.
Ireland suffered a blow within the first over of England’s reply when Barry McCarthy walked off after bowling 5 balls with what seemed to be a hamstring damage.
Off-spinner McBrine, nevertheless, had Jonny Bairstow lbw for 2 earlier than fellow opener Jason Roy fell leg earlier than to Young.
As occurred earlier than every of the latest England-West Indies Tests, gamers from either side took a knee earlier than play in help of the Black Lives Matter marketing campaign.
This was England’s first residence ODI since they beat New Zealand in final yr’s World Cup ultimate at Lord’s.
England’s crimson and white-ball fixtures are overlapping in a season lower brief by the COVID-19 outbreak and they’re sustaining two separate squads, that means a number of World Cup winners together with Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Archer will not function towards Ireland.