September 4, 2013
England have defeated Ireland by six wickets in the one-off ODI in Dublin. A world record fifth wicket stand of 226 between Ravi Bopara and captain and man of the match Eoin Morgan ensured that the target of 270 was reached comfortably with seven overs to spare. Having recovered from a wobbly start in which they had slumped to 48-4, England’s two most experienced batsmen hit out powerfully with nine sixes and 18 fours between them. Notable contributions came from Boyd Rankin (4-46) and James Tredwell (2-35). Debutants Gary Ballance (0) and Michael Carberry (10 and two dropped catches) will look back less fondly on their experiences. Ireland’s heroes were captain William Porterfield, who completed his sixth ODI century, and Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh who recorded career best figures of 3-33.
In sunny conditions, batsmen on both sides took advantage of benign conditions. Ireland posted a competitive 269 in 50 overs with Porterfield belying his poor 2013 county form. With aspects of their game misfiring, England’s coach Ashley Giles will be pleased that his two main men were able to rescue his team from potential disaster.
In other circumstances, several of the players might have been playing for the opposite side. Morgan (England), Ed Joyce and Rankin (both Ireland) have represented both countries, while Murtagh is English by birth. Luckily, there were no national anthems to confuse the players before the start of play. The Irish will be disappointed to have lost from a winning position, but will be proud to have hosted such a successful spectacle in front of a record 10,000 crowd and the Sky TV cameras.
England now take on Australia in a five match series starting on 6 September and will welcome back Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen and Joe Root, all rested for the Dublin match, to bolster their top order batting. Australia have themselves been warming up in Edinburgh with Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch posting scores of 151 and 148 respectively as they crushed Scotland by 200 runs.
Ireland 269 for 7 (Porterfield 112, Rankin 4-46) lost to England 274 for 4 (Morgan 124*, Bopara 101*, Murtagh 3-33) by six wickets.
The Scoop 04/09/13