Ireland v England ODI as it happened

Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara both hit centuries in England's six-wicket victory over Ireland in Dublin.

3 September 2013 Last updated at 17:24 GMT

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  1. 1820: 

    That's the perfect little stat to take with you as I sign off for the evening. We'll be back on Friday when England host Australia in the first one-day international at Headingley. That one kicks off at 1015 BST. Until then, good night.

  2. 1818: 

    To put into context how good that partnership between Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara was, it's a world record for the fifth wicket. Their 226 runs off 169 balls eclipses the 223 put on by Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja for India against Sri Lanka in 1997.

  3. 1816: 

    England's Ravi Bopara, who scored his maiden ODI century, speaking to Sky Sports: "When we were three down, I said to Michael Carberry that we'd be lucky to win. When I got to the middle, I spoke to Eoin Morgan and we agreed we could win if we took it deep and that's what we did.

    "We identified the spinners as being hard work and my plan was to get the ones and Morgs would have the best chance of hitting the boundaries. Likewise with myself against the offie, Paul Stirling. We didn't chat about my hundred - it looked a long way off. I got my arms through a few and when I got close I went for it. I'm hungry for runs now, I have sat on the sidelines and it's not very nice. It hurts."

  4. 1812: 

    England captain and man of the match Eoin Morgan: "I was more nervous in the changing room than I was out in the middle. The wicket was quite challenging, a lot of what we have there we're not used to as a side and we had a challenge with the ball and the bat. Time in the middle as a batsman is crucial, especially with a big series coming up and I felt good. Incredible support from the crowd today, it's great to get nine to ten thousand in.

    "Boyd Rankin played really well, he's used to conditions here but he had to go full of a length here which is not easy for a man of his height. It was tricky batting to start with when the seam on the ball was still hard, there were potentially a few nerves there with a few guys coming in."


    Jack Mendel: Yes Morgan and Bopara scored runs today... but so did Finch and Marsh for the Aussies. Bring on the ODI series!

  6. 1808: 

    Will Porterfield was spot on in his assessment, the Irish bowlers struggled to impose themselves on the game once Tim Murtagh had bowled out his allocation and Trent Johnston was withdrawn for later in the innings. Here are their bowling figures:

    Murtagh 10-2-33-3, Johnston 7-0-34-1, Sorensen 4-0-24-0, Dockrell 10-0-73-0, K O'Brien 4-0-41-0, Stirling 5-0-36-0, Mooney 3-0-27-0.

  7. 1805: 
    Will Porterfield

    Ireland captain Will Porterfield, who scored 112: "It was nice to get a hundred. Pulling on the Irish jersey is always special so it's nice to get a ton in a game like this. We fancied our chances after the start we got with the ball but those two guys played really well and we couldn't build sustained pressure. James Tredwell bowled well and I thought the spinners would come into the game but they didn't. It doesn't matter who takes the wickets or scores the runs. We wanted to win the game and somebody else took it away from us."

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The biggest plus for England, apart from winning and avoiding criticism for fielding a weakened side, is Boyd Rankin. It's not a quick wicket, but he's impressed with his pace and bounce. Finn isn't quite right, and Rankin's pushing him."


    Adam Dickens: Something a wee bit special from Bopara and Morgan today. Great game, great weather and great result. Bring on Australia.

    Karl Bristow: Bopara steadied the nerves after a terrible start by our opening batsmen. Has to be man of the match today.


    Andrew Westwood, TMS inbox: Experience is everything, it wasn't long ago that Bopara and Morgan weren't good enough and now look! The younger guys need time to adjust to international cricket in any form.

    Michael McNamee, BBC Test Match Special

    "You know what the fans leaving will be saying. They'll say two of the three best England players are Irish - and they won't be wrong! And we've had a strange double - in 2007 Joyce, playing for England, was dismissed by Rankin for Ireland. In 2013 Joyce, playing for Ireland, was dismissed by Rankin, playing for England."

  12. 1759: 
    Eoin Morgan

    So England beat Ireland in Dublin, thanks to a majestic century by an Irishman [Eoin Morgan] and a four-wicket burst by another Irishman [Boyd Rankin].

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "They didn't look like they knew what they were doing when it was 48-4. England looked right up against it, it looked like a potential humiliation. But we're in a curious situation at this match. Here we are at Malahide Cricket Club where Eoin Morgan played as a little kid, and he's entranced a lot of people here today with those whiplash shots of his. He's played magnificently - but he's done it against Ireland."

  14. 1756: 

    England finish on 274-4, winning with seven overs to spare. Eoin Morgan posts his highest ODI score with 124 not out while Ravi Bopara ends on an unbeaten 101. Emphatic.

  15. 1753: 

    That's how you win a match. Eoin Morgan captains England to ODI success against Ireland on his home ground, ending the match with a mighty six. He's happy and Ravi's happy. More importantly, England are happy.

  16. 42.4 overs: 
    100 FOR RAVI BOPARA- Eng 267-4

    This match has had more than its fair share of dropped catches as Eoin Morgan skies one to Niall O'Brien on the leg-side boundary and the Irish fielder shells it. Ravi Bopara is returned the strike and he pulls four through midwicket before crashing six over long on. That moves him to 96. He's going to do it! And he obliges with four through the covers. That's Bopara's first ODI century. Superb stuff.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There was a chance of victory for Ireland, they'd bowled with discipline, had four back in the hutch for 48. But I have to say, watching Morgan and Bopara has been an education for any of the young people in the crowd here today. They've been excellent."

  18. 1749: 

    Gordon Drummond falls for eight to become Mitchell Johnson's fourth wicket and that means Australia have beaten Scotland by 200 runs at the Grange. Australia, warming up for a five match ODI series against England, made a commanding 362-3 and never allowed Scotland to get into their stride.

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  19. 42 overs: 
    Eng 252-4 (Morgan 117*, Bopara 86*)

    I wonder if the two batsmen had a word between overs as Eoin Morgan takes an easy single and hands the run-scoring baton over to the century-seeking Ravi Bopara?

    The Essex batsman has not read the script, however, because he hands the strike back to Morgan. By the way, this is now the highest fifth-wicket partnership for England in one-day cricket, eclipsing Paul Collingwood and Andrew Flintoff's effort against India at The Oval in 2004. They have put on more than 200 now as Ravi Bopara ends Max Sorensen's fourth over by clipping four through the leg side. England now need 18 to win from 48 balls.


    Tom Kimber: Classy innings from Morgan, yet again the middle-order saving England's embarrassing higher-order batsmen.

  21. 41 overs: 
    Eng 245-4 (Morgan 115*, Bopara 19*)

    Ravi decides the time has come to put this one to bed - and try and get to his first one-day international century in the process. He clatters Kevin O'Brien into the stands for six before clubbing four straight down the ground. Four byes and a single follow before Eoin Morgan collars a length ball and heaves it over cow corner for another six. England only need 25 runs now and Bopara is 19 short of his century. And Eoin Morgan has the strike. A tough ask?

  22. 40 overs: 
    Eng 223-4 (Morgan 108*, Bopara 70*)

    Considering these two came to the crease with the ball nipping around and England 48-4, this has been a superb partnership. George Dockrell's lack of penetration underlines how well James Tredwell bowled for England, and the Irish youngster is smashed for another four by Eoin Morgan. Seven from the over. The all-important equation now? England need 47 from 60 balls.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "If there is some cause for optimism for Ireland fans it's that the last time these two built a partnership together it was in the Champions Trophy final where England looked like they were cruising to victory against India, but contrived to lose."

  24. 39 overs: 
    Eng 216-4 (Morgan 103*, Bopara 69*)

    The end is nigh as England begin to bully the Irish bowlers. Eoin Morgan uses brute power at times, but Ravi Bopara's timing has been exquisite as he creams Kevin O'Brien through the covers for back-to-back boundaries. England now need 54 runs from 66 balls.


    Dave at The Grange, via text on 81111: Re: Chris in Durham... You mean Coetzer, Davey, Murphy, Taylor, Wardlaw, Coleman? If only they didn't let players go to counties...

  26. 38 overs: 
    100 FOR EOIN MORGAN- Eng 206-4
    Eoin Morgan

    Every time England skipper Eoin Morgan finds the boundary, it feels like a dagger to the heart for Irish cricket fans. He's smashing Trent Johnston now as he plunders the veteran over extra cover for a one-bounce four. He and Ravi Bopara exchange singles before the England skipper brings up a century on his old home ground with a big six over extra cover. That's his first ODI century since September 2011. A superb knock. England now need 64 runs from 72 balls now.


    Felix Keith: Experience is everything. Bopara and Morgan making it look easy after openers really struggled.

  28. 37 overs: 
    Eng 192-4 (Morgan 90*, Bopara 58*)

    That's an interesting point Chris makes on email [see below]. Would Ravi be more suited to number six in Test cricket than number three? What about Eoin Morgan? Has he tightened up his game outside off stump sufficiently to warrant a recall? A welcome boundary for England as Morgan clatters John Mooney to the ropes. Bopara is motoring now has he hammers six over cow corner. The visitors fancy wrapping up this one early.


    Chris in Munich, TMS inbox: The more that I see Ravi play, the more that I am convinced that he should play for England in all formats of the game.

  30. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Eng 181-4 (target 270)

    Ireland crank up 39-year-old Trent Johnston for one last big effort in his final game against a Test-playing nation. It's powerplay time too, but England are happy to continue working the singles as wicketkeeper Gary Wilson stands up at the wicket to try and prevent any dancing down the track. No need for anything silly from England now - they are in control as that target is reduced to 89 runs from 84 balls.

    BBC Test Match Special's Tim Peach in Dublin

    "A huge roar just built up around Malahide as the Irish fans realise that their team needs a bit of geeing up. The enthusiasm and sharpness around the field that was evident when the English wickets were falling has gone, and the crowd are doing their best to try and breath a bit of life back into it."

  32. 35 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 176-4 (target 270)
    Eoin Morgan

    Ireland need a wicket, and should perhaps gamble on using up a couple of Trent Johnston's five remaining overs. The tattooed John Mooney is looking about as threatening as a pug dog. England continue to utilise the wide open spaces of the Malahide outfield to reduce their target to 94 runs from 90 balls. Time for some liquid refreshment.


    Chris in Durham, via text on 81111: Scotland should be looking to export their players to counties rather than keep them on their own. Get them playing with/against stronger opposition, there's only Kyle Coetzer playing for a different county.

  34. 34 overs: 
    FIFTY FOR RAVI BOPARA- Eng 172-4 (target 270)

    You sense it's going to take a mistake from Ravi Bopara or Eoin Morgan to let Ireland back into this match. They are in such control as they nudge and nurdle England towards their target. Bopara reaches his 11th ODI fifty with a back foot punch down to long off. Five from the over.

  35. 1701: 
    Zimbabwe celebrate a wicket

    Zimbabwe restricted Pakistan to 249-9 on the first day of the first Test in Harare. Azhar Ali top-scored with 78 while tail-enders Saeed Ajmal (49 not out) and Junaid Khan (17) added an invaluable 67 runs for the ninth wicket before Junaid was dismissed in the last over of the day.

    Zimbabwe's players only agreed to take part in the match on Monday following a commitment by their board to pay outstanding salaries before next week's second and final Test in Bulawayo.

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  36. 33 overs: 
    Eng 167-4 (target 270)

    The crowd senses this match might be slipping away from Ireland as the atmosphere loses intensity and Eoin Morgan swivels on a short one from John Mooney to guide four behind square. The England skipper is being more expansive with his shot selection as he begins to ping the ball into the vast gaps of the outfield. The Irish fielders are really chasing leather now. England now need 103 runs to win from 102 balls.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The momentum is with England. It's taken a while, but these batsmen have gauged the pace. They have settled and feel confident."


    Les Berry, TMS inbox: On the basis that in 50 over cricket you can double the 30 over score to estimate the 50 over score, this should be close!

  39. 32 overs: 
    Eng 155-4 (Morgan 63*, Bopara 48*)

    Ireland are desperate for a wicket now as Ravi Bopara aims a booming six over the long on boundary. He then skips down the pitch and plants another maximum into the same area of the stands. Paul Stirling has been taken apart by Ravi there and England are motoring.


    Tom Girling: Can't help but feel Ireland might regret bowling Murtagh through, rest of the bowling looking far less threatening

  41. 31 overs: 
    Eng 140-4 (Morgan 60*, Bopara 36*)

    Indeed, Eoin Morgan decides the time has come for more urgency and he gives it the long handle over long on for six. The skipper then takes two down to fine leg before adding a single. A captain's knock here.

  42. 30 overs: 

    Eoin Morgan is playing himself back into some form here, moving to his first half century in more than a year by knocking Paul Stirling for a single. His 50 comes up in 61 balls and contains four fours. Time for some gas?

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "When the spinners take some pace off the ball it's much more effective on this pitch. George Dockrell has a habit of firing the ball in."


    Richard in Sheffield, via text on 81111: One consideration of Ireland's hopefully speedy ascension to Test team status - it would make for an affordable away tour for the average England fan. All other tours are expensive "trips of a lifetime" for most fans.

  45. 1648: 

    Scotland are really in a spot of bother at the Grange in their 50-over international. Chasing 363 to win, the home side are struggling on 97-6 after 30 overs, with Matt Machan out for 39 to James Faulkner and Calum MacLeod gone for 24 to Fawad Ahmed.

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  46. 29 overs: 
    Eng 126-4 (target 270)

    Shadows being to lengthen in the outfield as the afternoon sun begins to drop in the north Dublin sky. It's the perfect evening to watch a tense run chase - England are virtually level with Ireland at the same stage in their innings. George Dockrell continues to wheels away and limits England to just two singles. That required run-rate is growing again.


    Matt in Stafford, via text on 81111: Whereas Ireland players have earned contracts at counties, Scotland has decided to compete as a semi country/county in our domestic Pro40 competition. Not quite the right way to go. A triangular tournament with Ireland, Scotland and England would really help cricket across the UK and Ireland.

  48. 28 overs: 
    Eng 124-4 (Morgan 47*, Bopara 33*)

    Better from Ireland as they finally create some pressure, Paul Stirling sending down four successive dot balls to Eoin Morgan. The England skipper breaks the shackles, however, when he rushes through for two from the final delivery of the over.


    Hamish in Edinburgh, via text on 81111: In 2005 Scotland defeated Ireland in the final of the ICC trophy and were at that point the top associate nation. Since then Scotland have regressed significantly and Ireland have made huge positive strides. The club game in Scotland has been gradually devalued in the period and Cricket Scotland must look at their development strategy and ask some serious questions of themselves.

  50. 27 overs: 
    Eng 121-4 (target 270)

    Runs are coming quite freely for England now as Ravi Bopara slaps four over midwicket before Eoin Morgan sweeps George Dockrell to the boundary. So far, the Irish spinner has not looked anywhere near as threatening as England's James Tredwell.

  51. 1639: 
    The view from the boundary

    It's a gorgeous day at the Village in Malahide. Don't take my word for it, have a look at our photo gallery on Facebook. There are also pictures there from Scotland's match against Australia.

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  52. 26 overs: 
    Eng 112-4 (Morgan 41, Bopara 28)

    The Malahide crowd is getting ever louder as the afternoon drinking takes its toll and the match situation becomes ever more poised. While Eoin Morgan is happy to milk the ones and twos through sweeps square of the wicket, Ravi Bopara is playing a much wider range of shots as he drives Paul Stirling straight down the ground for four.


    Alex Armitage: Ireland are playing as if they have nothing to lose.England are playing as if they have everything to lose.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are rebuilding well and it is Morgan leading the charge, much to the chagrin of many of his countrymen inside the ground. England are rotating the strike very well."

  55. 25 overs: 
    Eng 102-4 (target 270)

    The fifty partnership is brought up by Eoin Morgan, who paddles George Dockrell around the corner for three easy runs. With shades on, Dockrell comes around the wicket to Bopara who latches on to a short ball and helps himself to a single to the boundary sweeper on the off side. Another five runs chipped off the target. At the halfway stage in the innings, England need another 168 runs at 6.72 an over.


    Craig, TMS inbox: What is it that Cricket Ireland are doing that Cricket Scotland are not? Ireland seem to have come on a long way in the last 5 years whereas Scotland have been left behind.

    That's an excellent question, Craig. Does anyone know the answer?

  57. 24 overs: 
    Eng 97-4 (Morgan 33*, Bopara 20*)

    It's time for some off spin as Paul Stirling is brought into the attack. The powerfully built all-rounder is celebrating his 23rd birthday today, but he's worked into gaps by the ever-confident Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan. It takes superb fielding on the boundary by Max Sorensen to deny Morgan a boundary from another powerful sweep. 10 from the over.

  58. 23 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 87-4 (target 270)

    Kevin O'Brien comes around the wicket to the left-handed Eoin Morgan, who effortlessly glides a single down to third man. Singles are coming too easily against the big man who is getting no help from the pitch and is hitting the bat at a nice pace - Morgan ending the over by pulling four backward of square. Drinks.

  59. 22 overs: 
    Eng 84-4 (Morgan 24*, Bopara 17*)

    England are building a promising partnership here, Eoin Morgan sweeping George Dockrell to the boundary. Suddenly, the Test Match Special boys have gone from saying how inexperienced England's tail is to pointing out that there is plenty of batting left to come. The change in outlook is down to the good work of these two.

  60. 21 overs: 
    Eng 77-4 (target 270)

    Kevin O'Brien, who looks like a chubby Jonny Bairstow, is given a roll with his medium pacers. The powerfully built all-rounder hits the deck hard and the England batsmen are happy to have extra pace on the ball as Eoin Morgan pirouettes and drives four through the off side.

  61. 20 overs: 
    Eng 71-4 (Morgan 14*, Bopara 14*)

    England happy to milk George Dockrell for singles, helping themselves to four runs from the Irish slow left-armer.


    Phil McMenemy: Is there any difference between Tim Munton and Tim Murtagh?

  63. 19 overs: 
    Eng 67-4 (target 270)

    Tim Murtagh trundles in for his final over and almost marks it with the big wicket of Eoin Morgan when the England skipper gets a leading edge and almost offers a return catch. Two runs from the over as the Irish trundler ends with superb figures of 10-2-33-3.

  64. 1610: 

    Scotland, approaching the halfway stage of their reply, are 67-3 from 20 overs, chasing a mammoth 363 to win. Worryingly, they need another 296 runs at a run-rate verging on 10 an over. Matt Machan is 39 not out from 57 balls and Calum MacLeod has made 16. Time for a few expansive shots perhaps?

    Mitchell Johnson dismisses Freddie Coleman

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  65. 18 overs: 
    Eng 65-4 (Morgan 11*, Bopara 11*)

    Slow left-armer George Dockrell is brought into the Ireland attack. This could be an uncomfortable time for England if the 21-year-old gets assistance from the pitch like James Tredwell did. However, Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara are as comfortable against spin as anybody in this England team. Just one from the over.

  66. 17 overs: 
    Eng 64-4 (target 270)

    Ireland will know they need to get rid of Eoin Morgan here. If anybody knows how to anchor a run chase, it's the England skipper. Ravi Bopara looks in good touch too, easing four through point before he leans back and smacks another boundary through the covers. Fetch that.


    Chris in Oxford, TMS inbox: What is going on with all these in-form debutants for England that simply fall to pieces as soon as they get a game? Ballance, Kerrigan and Carberry all good players, all hopeless on debut? What message is the management giving these players that stops them playing their natural game??

  68. 16 overs: 
    Eng 55-4 (Morgan 9*, Bopara 3*)

    Earlier this month, I heard Ravi Bopara saying he was still haunted by the Champions Trophy final against India when he and Eoin Morgan perished late on as England collapsed just when it appeared they might win their maiden global 50-over title. These two have it all to do now as Bopara gets off the mark with three through the off side. Seven from the over.

  69. 15 overs: 
    Eng 48-4 (target 270)

    Ravi Bopara is the new man to the crease and he manages to survive the final ball of Tim Murtagh's eighth over. The 'grandfather of Irish cricket' now has figures of 3-22.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Murtagh is using all his nous and a little help from the pitch to torment England. It wasn't a great shot from Taylor, who was looking to work through the leg side. The wicket is not true enough and he is not playing well enough to do that."

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  71. 14.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Taylor b Murtagh 25 (Eng 48-4)
    Ireland celebrate

    Tim Murtagh is a master of his craft, bowling 78mph wrecking balls - this time he gets one to nibble back in and take James Taylor's off stick. Get over to Dublin if you fancy a party tonight.


    Darren, bored and bemused at work in Cheltenham, TMS inbox: I still don't understand why Matt Prior isn't picked for ODI's. He scores quickly in Tests and is by far the best wicketkeeper England have. Baffling.

  73. 14 overs: 
    Eng 44-3 (target 270)

    What an opportunity this is for James Taylor, to really show what he can do in international cricket. He is having to dig in out there as he survives a strong leg-before appeal before riding a short ball and cutting a single down to third man. Eoin Morgan also chips in with a single before Taylor helps himself to three through the off side.


    Ben in Dublin, TMS inbox: As an Australian living in Ireland, I am REALLY enjoying this! Come on you boys in green!

  75. 13 overs: 
    Eng 38-3 (Taylor 17* Morgan 4*)

    You get the feeling that James Taylor, Eoin Morgan and the next man in, Ravi Bopara, have to get the bulk of these runs if England are going to win. Tim Murtagh is likely to bowl through for Ireland - much like Bhuvneshwar Kumar does in 50-over cricket for India. He's keeping things tight by bowling back of a length, but James Taylor is equal to the test as he steps forward and drives an over-pitched delivery though the covers for four.


    John Dunne in Australia, TMS inbox: Fair do's to England for travelling to Ireland for this ODI. It's a difficult game they didn't have to play and leaves them in a no-win situation. If they trounce Ireland it will be said that it is because some of Ireland's best players are playing for them. If they lose it will be seen as an embarrassment. I hope my native Ireland win, but I also hope people aren't too hard on England and they get the plaudits they deserve for helping to raise the profile of the game in Ireland.

  77. 12 overs: 
    Eng 34-3 (target 270)

    Let's remember that England have picked some in-form players here. Michael Carberry has been destroying county attacks all season, Luke Wright travels the world playing T20 cricket and Gary Ballance averages well over 50. James Taylor and Eoin Morgan might conceivably play more Test cricket in the future. Let's give credit to Ireland.

    Max Sorensen is into the attack now, fresh from his late assault on the England bowlers at the end of Ireland's innings. He's not as probing as Trent Johnston and is milked for easy singles by the batsmen - five of them to be precise.


    James Smith: For anybody who complains about Trott's scoring rate, 'limited overs specialist' Luke Wright scored 5 from 36 balls...

  79. 1536: 

    Bad news for Scotland in their bid to chase 363 to beat Australia. They have lost two wickets in the first eight overs - Freddie Coleman out for a duck and Hamish Gardiner for one - and are 21-2 with it all to do.

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  80. 11 overs: 
    Eng 29-3 (Taylor 9* Morgan 2*)

    Thanks Stephan. Have I missed anything? I know one thing, I've never known so many of my Irish work-mates get so excited about cricket. It's the number one sport in the Emerald Isle for the next two hours at least. Tim Murtagh continues to toil away, dangling the carrot - or should that be Werther's Original? - outside off stump. Eoin Morgan is living a charmed life as he is turned inside out by a length ball and edges through the gully region for a single. Just two from the over - but it could be worse...

  81. 10 overs: 
    Eng 27-3 (target 270)

    Trent Johnston continues to James Taylor, the Notts man looking about as comfortable as a man in his wife's heels. A straight push and he sets off, just beating the throw. At the minute, England look to be wilting under the greater experience of this Ireland side. New man Eoin Morgan, who got a mixed reception from his "home" crowd, also pinches one to get off the mark. In other news, we've been told that Tim Murtagh only got married a couple of years ago and might not even have any children, let alone grandchildren. On that bombshell, here's Marc Higginson.


    Si Lomas: Ireland have bowled well but this batting smacks of fear of failure as this top three are all playing for a place for the Australia series.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Again it was a nothing shot from Ballance and he edged it behind. It's a probing line from Tim Murtagh, it's his hallmark, and he's showing his worth to Irish cricket here. He's been doing it for Middlesex all season."

  84. 8.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Ballance c Wilson b Murtagh 0 (Eng 25-3)

    You are reading this correctly. England really are 25-3, getting a gubbing from Ireland. Gary Ballance, on debut, is the latest man to play a nothing shot. The left-hander looks to dab Murtagh, but only offers catching practice to wicketkeeper Gary Wilson. A two-ball quack. Abject, inept, embarrassing. Pick your adjective.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was an absolute nothing shot from Luke Wright - he was trying to place the ball down to third man but only showed half of the blade to it. He's paid the price. It's going to be interesting to see how this young, inexperienced England team deal with this situation now."

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  86. 8.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Wright b Murtagh 5 (Eng 25-2)
    Luke Wright is bowled

    Luke Wright's torturous stay is over, Tim Murtagh persuading the right-hander to chop on to his stumps. Backing off to a fullish ball, there is simply not enough pace in this pitch for Wright to play a stroke like that. After bowling and fielding like a club side, England have started this chase in clueless fashion.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "James Taylor didn't hit that boundary with any real conviction, but it shows that if you beat the infield the ball will race away to the boundary."

  88. 8 overs: 
    Eng 25-1 (target 270)

    Johnston, permanent gurn on his face, again beats the walking edge of Taylor's bat, with the mini number three eventually getting the scoreboard moving by scampering a couple off his hips. Taylor follows that up with a flashing-blade cover drive for four. Why on earth is Johnston retiring? He could do a job at this pace for another 10 years.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Luke Wright is lucky still to be there. It was hitting middle of middle on the tracker. Tim Murtagh couldn't quite believe the finger didn't go up."

  90. 7 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 19-1 (Wright 5*, Taylor 2*)

    Ashley Giles, the England limited-overs coach, sits alone on the boundary edge. It's perhaps a little early for the rats to abandon the sinking ship. Murtagh to Wright....Ooooowwwwzzzaaaatttt! Just outside the line? Not out. Ooohhh, replays show that Wright was a lucky boy. These Ireland dobbers are all over England. Pressure being cranked up.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "James Taylor doesn't look too convincing at the moment. It's a sufficiently big total for England to worry. Already the run-rate is starting to climb because the old soldiers with the new ball are putting the ball in the right place."

  92. 6 overs: 
    Eng 19-1 (target 270)

    Trent Johnston, the 39-year-old who will retire from international cricket in December, beats the edge of the bat as James Taylor plays an ugly drive on the walk. Phil Simmons, the Ireland coach, leans back on the balcony like a man surveying the Caribbean sea. His side are on top.


    Rob, West Bridgford, TMS inbox: So, today we've been treated to an Irishman opening the bowling for England, and an Englishman opening the bowling for Ireland. Ho-hum.

  94. 5 overs: 
    Eng 17-1 (Wright 5*, Taylor 2*)

    Too short from Murtagh, Wright swivelling to pull for four. England will be looking to pounce on any errors in length from the Ireland seamers - anything full or short. Length on this sluggish deck will be very hard to score from, the batsmen will have to put their own pace on the ball.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Tim Murtagh has been around the houses in England and, like Trent Johnston, he will give nothing away. If England feel constrained by the situation the runs could dry up."

  96. 4 overs: 
    Eng 12-1 (target 270)

    James Taylor the new man, perhaps feeling like he has a point to prove to the selectors. Shall we get the diminutive mention out of the way early? The diminutive right-hander gets off the mark with a nudge on the leg side.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Michael Carberry has been shuffling around in his crease and he ended up playing in front of his pads. It pitched in line and hit him in front. England will have to delay any planned assault with the bat. Carberry has had a wretched day."

  98. 3.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Carberry lbw Johnston 10 (Eng 11-1)

    Pity poor Michael Carberry, his ODI debut has been something of a nightmare. An attack of the dropsies, asked to bowl his pie-chucker off-breaks, now pinned lbw by Trent Johnston. The left-hander moved across his stumps, the ball just angled back, playing across the line he was stone dead. Ireland cockahoop.


    Jon Pearson: Let's hope after the fielding display from Carberry he realises he can't play any worse and relaxes and get some runs.

  100. 3 overs: 
    Eng 11-0 (Carberry 10*, Wright 1*)

    Luke Wright, blue helmet topping off his fire-engine red pyjamas, is off the mark with a nudge on the leg side. Ireland go up when Carberry is pinned on the walk, but the inside edge makes that a very optimistic appeal. Still walking, Carberry pulls a second boundary.


    Nick in London, TMS inbox: Eddie Hemmings looked like a grandad, not sure if he was one....

  102. 2 overs: 
    Eng 5-0 (target 270)

    Michael Carberry's day improves another notch as he flicks Trent Johnston's first ball to fine leg for four. Johnston, the veteran of veterans, has his head shaved, collar turned up and zinc on his lips. He looks a bit like a nightclub bouncer. Beating Carberry's edge, the rest of the over is very tidy.


    Alan Woods, via text on 81111: Get the boot in early for England why don't you? If Ireland had bowled like drains the sympathy would have been palpable. Lets not take too long to draw the wrong conclusions from this game.

  104. 1 over: 
    Eng 1-0 (Carberry 1*, Wright 0*)

    A sigh of relief for Carberry, the Hampshire man off the mark with a single steered behind square on the off side. Murtagh, on a decent length, has Wright defending unconvincingly for the rest of the over. I'm told that Murtagh is a grandfather. Is that right? Are there any other grandads playing international cricket?


    Nick in London, TMS inbox: "If this slow deck suits medium pacers how come Bopara got clattered to all parts?"

    Because he kept bowling long half-volleys.

  106. 1444: 

    I wonder what Michael Carberry is thinking? After fielding like man who has never played cricket before and bowling one over for 12, the left-hander is on his way for his first ODI innings. He takes guard, his partner Luke Wright at the other end. Middlesex's Tim Mutargh has the ball.

  107. 1442: 

    It's an absolutely beautiful day in Malahide, not a cloud in the magnificent blue sky. They call this a "pop-up stadium", the majority of the stands and the big screen are all temporary. Where else could they spring up an international cricket ground? There must be some random potential locations for international cricket to be played.


    Phillip Barlow: I think it's time England started paying Ireland a little more respect

  109. 1437: 

    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.

  110. 1434: 

    Lunch done, it's Stephan Shemilt here to talk you through the first few overs of England's chase, a chase that could be an order as tall as Steven Finn standing on Boyd Rankin's shoulders.

  111. 1411: 

    Unfortunately, Scotland haven't been able to put their Test-playing opponents under much pressure at the Grange. Opener Shaun Marsh fell for 151 to Iain Wardlaw and, next ball, Shane Watson departed for 37, but Australia finished their 50 overs on a whopping 362-3. That's going to be one tough run-chase for the home side.

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  112. 1410: 

    It's time for some lunch now, but Stephan Shemilt will be back just before 1445 BST to take you through the first few overs of the England reply. In the meantime, here's some news from Scotland...

  113. 1409: 

    Looking at those figures, it's clear England were at least one frontline bowler short. Between them, Ravi Bopara, Ben Stokes, Luke Wright and Michael Carberry went for 125 runs in 21 overs. And why did Boyd Rankin not bowl all 10 of his overs?

  114. 1405: 

    Damning words, Chippi [see tweet below]. But the statistics do little to prove you wrong. Here are the England bowling figures, and the fall of wickets in the Ireland innings.

    Finn 10-1-44-0, Rankin 9-1-46-4, Bopara 7-0-41-1, Stokes 10-0-51-0, Tredwell 10-0-35-2, Wright 3-0-21-0 , Carberry 1-0-12-0.

    FOW: 25 Stirling, 36 Joyce, 95 N O'Brien, 121 Wilson, 161 K O'Brien, 224 Porterfield, 229 Mooney.


    Chippi: This must be the worst England bowling attack I have witnessed in a long time.. Actually don't think I've seen a worse attack.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "What a fantastic team display that is. Everyone is on their feet in a glorious sun-baked Malahide. You can clearly see the joy on Irish faces in the dressing room. This will be a really tall order for England."


    Andy in Cumbria, via text on 81111: An "extras" total of more than 30 shows just how sloppy England have been in the field. They're simply not helping themselves keep the pressure on. Ireland have played well and played with a lot of heart to reach this total.

  118. 50 overs: 
    Ire 269-7 (Johnston 12*, Sorensen 24*)

    Michael Carberry is getting pelters from the hospitality tents as he fields on the boundary for the final ball of the over. He needs to put it out of his mind quickly because England need a good start when he opens the batting. The Irish are having a great craic now - Max Sorensen hammering Steven Finn for six over deep midwicket. The final ball of the innings is then smashed straight down the ground for four by Trent Johnston. All the momentum with Ireland as we head into the interval - the last 10 overs yielded 90 runs.


    Gareth Edwards: Looking at the scoreboard at the Grange, it's arguable that Scottish cricket needs more help...

  120. 49 overs: 
    Ire 256-7 (Johnston 7*, Sorensen 16*)

    This is terrible death bowling from England as Ben Stokes starts the penultimate over with a rank long hop which is dispatched to the boundary by the impressive Max Sorensen. Michael Carberry's miserable day then continues as he juggles with the ball at mid-on - he just looks a bag of nerves today. It sums up England's sloppy display in the field as Ireland add another nine runs to their total.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If you'd handed Ireland 247-7 after 48 overs they would have bitten your arm off. England have looked ragged at best."

  122. 48 overs: 
    Ire 247-7 (Johnston 6*, Sorensen 10*)

    Maybe Ireland can get 260 after all - especially if Max Sorensen continues to strike the ball like this. The 27-year-old greets Steven Finn's return to the attack by muscling a short ball over deep midwicket for six. That was a biggie. Finn's worries continue when he is called for a no ball for knocking off the bails at the non-striker's end with his knee for the second time in the match. Twelve from the over.


    Si Lomas: England a bowler light, why not pick another specialist seamer? Tredwell bats so only 2 of Stokes, Wright, Bopara should play

  124. 47 overs: 
    Ire 235-7 (Johnston 4*, Sorensen 3*)

    Before skipper Will Porterfield was dismissed, Ireland will have been eyeing up 265. Now they might have to limit their ambitions to 250. Ben Stokes continues and Trent Johnston drives him down the ground, Michael Carberry denying the veteran a boundary with some neat fielding at long-on. It's throw-the-bat time now - five from the over.


    Daniel Booth: ECB should be doing more to help Irish cricket. Why not include Ireland in a triangular ODI series with a touring Test nation?

  126. 46 overs: 
    Ire 230-7 (Johnston 1*, Sorensen 1*)

    Trent Johnston replaced Will Porterfield at the crease. Into his 40th year now, the all-rounder is just about still going as an international cricketer. I'm not sure I can imagine an Ireland cricket team without him. Max Sorensen is also out there following John Mooney's dismissal.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    The most important thing for Ireland now is to get an additional 30 runs. Boyd Rankin has gone quietly about his business for his four wickets.

  128. 45.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Mooney lbw b Rankin 27 (Ire 229-7)

    Where would England be without Ireland's best bowler? Boyd Rankin takes his fourth wicket of the innings by trapping John Mooney in front.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "What a fantastic innings on a fantastic occasion in front of a fantastic crowd. He's played a captain's innings to give Ireland a competitive total in this match."

  130. 45.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Porterfield b Rankin 112 (Ire 224-6)

    A wonderful innings comes to an end as Boyd Rankin gets a measure of revenge for that six by yorking Will Porterfield and rearranging the Irish skipper's timbers. Malahide rises to salute a tremendous knock.

  131. 45 overs: 
    Ire 224-5 (Porterfield 112*, Mooney 25*)

    There's hardly a cloud in the north Dublin sky as Ireland look to make hay in the final six overs. These two have now put on more than 50 at almost a run-a-ball.

    Ben Stokes is tasked with keeping them in check, but he can only rub his head in frustration when he beats John Mooney with a slower bouncer but wicketkeeper Jos Buttler takes his eyes off the ball and it races away for four byes. "Village," shouts Stephan Shemilt to my left.

    Will Porterfield rubs salt into the wounds by swivelling and helping the ball on its way to the boundary backward of square. Thirteen from the over as England begin to look ragged in the field.

  132. 44 overs: 
    Ire 211-5 (Porterfield 104*, Mooney 25*)

    The giraffe-like Rankin continues, Ireland scampering before Mooney steps back to slap over mid off for four. This is getting dangerous for England. A slow deck, probably suited to the home attack. How many would be too many?


    Andy in Islington, via text on 81111: As somebody who grew up in Ireland and learnt to play the game there, I can testify that there is a thriving cricket loving community both north and south of the border. This is clearly evidenced by the steam of quality Irishmen representing English counties and the English national team! The ECB must make it a priority of theirs to continue to encourage and support the game in Ireland. It benefits everybody.


    Brian Doyle: Couldn't be more proud of Malahide today, wish I hadn't just emigrated!

  135. 43 overs: 
    Ire 204-5 (Porterfield 103*, Mooney 21*)

    The Michael Carberry bowling experiment - that's a good name for a band - ends after just one over as skipper Eoin Morgan realises Ravi Bopara isn't so expensive after all. Ireland are looking to press on and set England an imposing target now and they milk the medium pacer for singles. Four of them.

  136. 1322: 

    In one six-ball spell, Aaron Finch blasts three sixes in three balls faced and Shaun Marsh also hits a maximum as the visitors go ballistic at the Grange. But then Finch is out to his first ball after the drinks break - caught by Freddie Coleman on the boundary off the bowing of a relieved Majid Haq.

    Finch made 148 from 116 balls (with seven sixes and 16 fours) while Marsh is 90 not out from 120 (one six). Their stand was the sixth best opening stand in ODI history - 286 is the record.

    Australia 254-1 from 40 overs: Latest scorecard

    BBC Test Match Special's Tim Peach in Dublin

    "A very special moment as captain William Porterfield hits his former team-mate Boyd Rankin into the stands for six to bring up his ton. The Irish crowd all brought to their feet - tricolours waving all around, and the volume's increasing here in Malahide…"

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    What a way to get to a hundred. That's the best shot of a terrific innings. It was very simple, giving himself room, taking the ball on the rise out of the middle of the bat. Ireland have eight overs left with power to add.

  139. 42 overs: 
    100 FOR WILL PORTERFIELD- Ire 200-5

    A magical moment for Irish cricket as their captain, Will Porterfield, moves to his century by launching Boyd Rankin over deep midwicket for a six. Magical stuff as he brings up the landmark in 132 balls with 13 fours. Will it be a match-winning knock?

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    It hasn't worked. I think that's his solitary over. He'll have to get better when he bats.

  141. 41 overs: 
    Ire 191-5 (Porterfield 94*, Mooney 17*)

    A brave and interesting move by England skipper Eoin Morgan as he brings Michael Carberry on for a bowl. And guess what? The 32-year-old's first gentle off-spinner is swept for four by Will Porterfield. John Mooney also helps himself to a couple of fours as Carberry's over goes for 12 runs. If he gets a golden duck with the bat, can anybody have had a worse ODI debut?


    Alfie GammerFlitcrof: It's really sad to see Carberry dropping catches in the field. He's normally a superb fielder for Hampshire.

    Michael Blighe: All those people screaming for Carberry to be in the one-day side, so he makes it and then drops two catches. Ouch.

  143. 40 overs: 
    Ire 179-5 (Porterfield 89*, Mooney 10*)

    Poor Michael Carberry. I hope for his sake he fares better with the bat. His fellow new cap Boyd Rankin has had a better day so far - taking two wickets - and he returns to the attack to bowl the second half of his 10 over allotment. He is worked for a couple of singles by the batsmen before both Will Porterfield and John Mooney almost chop on. A good over for big Boyd, who is doing his chances of Ashes selection no harm at all today.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    The first one was very simple, this drop was a little trickier. Carberry has got hard, nervous hands.

  145. 39 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ire 175-5
    Michael Carberry

    Michael Carberry must have had some buttery toast for breakfast because he can't seem to hold on to anything in the outfield today. It's the skipper he's missed this time too, Will Porterfield pulling Ben Stokes straight down the throat of the England debutant who gets under it but then inexplicably shells it. Four from the over.


    Rafi in Manchester, TMS inbox: Even as an England fan, I'm desperate for the Irish to win this, to teach the ECB that Irish Cricket needs treating with respect. This should be a 3 match series, and England Lions should be playing Ireland in a First Class game every year. We also really should not be fielding their players. Another Test nation in Europe can only be good for the game, but the ECB does not seem to care.

  147. 38 overs: 
    Ire 171-5 (Porterfield 85*, Mooney 7*)

    The next big target for Ireland must surely be to help skipper Will Porterfield get to his sixth ODI century. He won't get there if he runs out of partners, and John Mooney causes a few flutters in the Irish dressing room when he plays an ugly swipe across the line to Steven Finn. He does, however, manage to end the over by clipping a couple into the leg side. Four from the over.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Ireland should still be looking to consolidate. If these two are still there with five overs to go, then a total of 250 is a possibility. If that happens, we're in for a game.


    Stephen, TMS inbox: Irish cricket started their first class competition this summer. Franchise based across three formats. Three teams at the minute, focused on Dublin and Ulster. Early stages but seems promising thus far.

  150. 37 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ire 167-5 (Porterfield 85*, Mooney 4*)

    A gentle hum envelops the Malahide ground as lunchboxes are cracked open and a cheeky afternoon tipple is poured. It's a lovely day to be watching cricket as the tattooed figure of Ben Stokes races in for his sixth over. He does get one to beat the outside edge of the left-handed John Mooney, but his wait for a wicket continues and he concedes three from the over. Drinks.


    David Tiller: O'Brien must be gutted, bet he never fancied some buffet bowling quite as much as Wright, Bopara and Stokes bowling in tandem.

  152. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Ire 164-5 (Porterfield 84*, Mooney 2*)

    The umpire starts swirling his arms around his head, and that can only mean one thing... it's powerplay time. Steven Finn returns as England try and blow a hole into the Irish lower order. The field might be up but Ireland rein in their attacking tendencies as they try and rebuild following the loss of Kevin O'Brien. Just one from the over.

  153. 1249: 
    Aaron Finch

    Aaron Finch, playing in his eighth one-day international, is enjoying himself at the Grange. He has just hit his second century in three matches, smashing three sixes and 12 fours from 97 balls, to complete his first ODI ton. Australia are now 174-0 after 32 overs. At the other end, Shaun Marsh has made a more measured 62.

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  154. 35 overs: 
    Ire 163-5 (Porterfield 84*, Mooney 1*)

    That wicket could really stall Ireland's progress. There's so much riding on skipper Will Porterfield as he is joined by John Mooney at the crease.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "O'Brien will be terribly disappointed with that. He's pulled it straight to mid-wicket, where Morgan took a reasonably comfortable catch. He perhaps should have gone more aerial because he had enough time to pick it up. That perhaps brings the game back into the balance."

  156. 34.4 overs: 
    WICKET- K O'Brien c Morgan b Bopara 23 (Ire 161-5)

    Kevin O'Brien, what have you done? A couple of deliveries after flicking Ravi Bopara for four, the big man's eyes light up again and he pulls a rank long hop to the diving Eoin Morgan at midwicket. That delivery did not deserve a wicket.


    Mitchell Cole: This Porterfield bloke looks like he can bat. Can we steal him as well?

  158. 34 overs: 
    Ire 157-4 (Porterfield 84*, K O'Brien 19*)

    After seeing Ravi Bopara given some tap by Will Porterfield, Luke Wright has adapted his bowling to amble in and bowl little cutters. Whatever happened to the chest-on 85mph effort balls? He's rushing through his overs too as England try and hustle Ireland towards their allocation. Five from the over.

  159. 33 overs: 
    Ire 152-4 (Porterfield 81*, K O'Brien 17*)

    Relief for Ireland as they play out James Tredwell's final over without any further losses. Kevin O'Brien scores the only run of the over as the England spinner finishes with fine figures of 10-0-35-2. Excellent stuff.

  160. 32 overs: 
    Ire 151-4 (Porterfield 81*, K O'Brien 16*)

    Flags flutter on the hospitality tents as the blond-haired Luke Wright ambles in - being sliced through the off side for four by Kevin O'Brien. A single follows, but that's a much better over from Wright.


    Georgey P: Tredwell performs well in the short formats, it's worth looking at his Championship average before calling him up for a Test!

  162. 31 overs: 
    Ire 146-4 (Porterfield 81*, K O'Brien 11*)
    William Porterfield

    Ireland are going to try and see off James Tredwell now as the wily off-spinner begins his ninth over. They are dealing solely in singles until Will Porterfield drives hard outside off stump and the ball flies past Gary Ballance at slip to the boundary. The Irish skipper's luck is in.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Morgan has got a few problems. If Ireland can keep wickets in hand they can cause some damage here."

  164. 30 overs: 
    Ire 140-4 (Porterfield 76*, K O'Brien 11*)

    Eoin Morgan has had enough of the buffet bowling being served up by Ravi Bopara and turns to Luke Wright. However, it's not much better from the Sussex seamer as Will Porterfield hammers the first ball of the over straight down the ground for four before pulling an easy two. A single puts Kevin O'Brien on strike, and the big man joins in by clipping a couple down to fine leg. O'Brien needs to be careful, however, as he pushes into the off side and almost picks out the cover fielder. 11 from the over.


    Adrian Bennion: If Swann was to tread on a ball on the morning of a match, there is only one person I'd want as England's lone spinner. Monty.

  166. 29 overs: 
    Ire 129-4 (Porterfield 69*, K O'Brien 7*)

    What's all the fuss about lads? Kevin O'Brien shows how to play James Tredwell by getting down on one knee and sweeping to the boundary. The England offie is coming over the wicket to the right-hander now and he recovers well to end the over with successive dots.


    Tom Davies: A few Irish fans around us worried Porterfield might be doing a bit too well, lest Geoff Miller starts taking an interest.

  168. 28 overs: 
    Ire 123-4 (Porterfield 68*, K O'Brien 2*)

    There's no sign of the pink hair which Kevin O'Brien was rocking when he carted England to all parts in that World Cup match. He is wearing a helmet mind, which is wise considering Steven Finn has been brought back into the attack. The big paceman is on the money straight away, getting one to nibble past Will Porterfield's outside edge. Snaffle the skipper and England will fancy their chances here.


    Dave Foot: Tredwell is closer to the end of his career than the start, the selectors have to look forward.

  170. 27 overs: 
    Ire 122-4 (Porterfield 68*, K O'Brien 1*)

    Kevin O'Brien is the new man to the crease - the hero of Bangalore 2011. Can he repeat those heroics today? He replaces Gary Wilson, who will be disappointed that replays showed the ball hit him outside the line when he was given out. Big Kev is off the mark with a single.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He pushed forward and missed. The ball hit him on the knee-roll, so not a question of height. He tried to bend that knee so as to just get outside the line. It was turning enough to hit the stumps."

  172. 26.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Wilson lbw b Tredwell 2 (Ire 121-4)

    Get Tredders on that plane to Oz! He takes his second wicket of the day, coming around the wicket and getting one to turn sharply back into Gary Wilson's pads.


    Mike Fisher: Very excited about Carberry and Wright opening for England, could be lots of runs very quickly if they get themselves in.

  174. 26 overs: 
    Ire 120-3 (Porterfield 67*, Wilson 2*)

    You're right there, Alex [see text below]. James Tredwell surely deserves a chance to be part of that Ashes touring squad this winter? Who else should be on the plane? Can Michael Carberry, Gary Ballance or James Taylor stake a claim in this match? Ravi Bopara's misery continues as Will Porterfield thick edges four down to third man. The skipper ends the over with a single down to the new crowd favourite Carberry.


    Alex in South London, via text on 81111: Why is Tredwell never considered for Test selection? Such a consistent performer. I'm sure he would have done better than Kerrigan.

  176. 25 overs: 
    Ire 115-3 (Porterfield 62*, Wilson 2*)

    England captain Eoin Morgan has got a problem while Ravi Bopara keeps leaking the runs - he's gone for 26 runs from four overs now. He must be wishing he had another spinner to complement James Tredwell, who continues to look England's best bowler by conceding just five runs. In contrast, his figures are 1-21 from six.


    Joe Wilkins: Problem with Irish Test status is that, until they have it, they're going to lose players to Eng thus weakening their Test claim.

  178. 24 overs: 
    Ire 110-3 (Porterfield 58*, Wilson 1*)

    Poor old Ravi Bopara is not enjoying his visit to Ireland, with Will Porterfield taking a particular liking to the Essex all-rounder's bowling. The Irish skipper keeps the run-rate at more than 4.5 an over by tickling four leg-byes down to fine leg before driving two through the off side. Seven from the over.

  179. 1205: 

    Australia were 50-0 after 10 overs and are now 100-0 after 20 in their one-day international at the Grange. Consistent from the openers. Aaron Finch has moved to 55 from 60 balls - but he hasn't hit a six yet - while Shaun Marsh is on 35 from 63 balls. Off-spinner Majid Haq is about to start his sixth over seeking the breakthrough for his side.

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  180. 23 overs: 
    Ire 103-3 (Porterfield 55*, Wilson 1*)

    James Tredwell is causing all sort of problems as he continually rips deliveries past the outside edge. He races through another over, with just one run coming from it.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a pop-up stadium, which comes with great expense. But, when you have the ambition that the Irish board have you want to put on a show to demonstrate what you can do."

  182. 22 overs: 

    Niall O'Brien might be gone, but Ireland skipper Will Porterfield continues to pile on the runs by reaching his 10th ODI half-century by pulling Ravi Bopara's first delivery back into the attack to the boundary. Gary Wilson is the new man to the crease, getting off the mark with a single.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a super piece of bowling from Tredwell, pushed through quicker. O'Brien was on the back foot and caught in no-man's land."

  184. 21 overs: 
    WICKET- N O'Brien b Tredwell 26 (Ire 95-3)

    James Tredwell never fails to impress in an England shirt. With the rest of his team-mates making errors in the field - Gary Ballance the latest culprit when he fumbles the ball over the third man boundary - the Kent offie pulls things back for his side by getting one to grip and bowl Niall O'Brien through the gate.


    Ben, via text on 81111: Stokes is bowling at 85mph. Clearly already a genuine fast medium bowler!

  186. 20 overs: 
    Ire 90-2 (Porterfield 47*, N O'Brien 22*)

    It's not going Michael Carberry's way at the moment as he fumbles the ball on the boundary - much to the amusement of the Irish supporters who are enjoying watching this partnership develop. The slip allows Niall O'Brien to turn a single into two before he clips Ben Stokes down to fine leg for four. Nine runs from an expensive over.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "He never settled himself. I think the YMCA 1st XI would be scowling at him for a drop like that."

  188. 19 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ire 81-2 (Porterfield 45*, N O'Brien 15*)

    Michael Carberry is currently looking for a big hole to hide in on the Malahide outfield after spilling a simple chance to get rid of Niall O'Brien. The Irish wicketkeeper tries to sweep James Tredwell and gets a top edge, but the debutant shells it in the deep. One to forgets for Carbs, Again, just two singles from the over.

  189. 18 overs: 
    Ire 79-2 (Porterfield 44*, N O'Brien 14*)

    Ben Stokes looks to have plenty of promise with the ball. He reminds me of Tim Bresnan at a similar age - perhaps he needs to spend the winter bowling on flat tracks in Bangladesh to really flourish, like Big Tim did a few years ago. There's a bit more urgency about the Irish in the over as Niall O'Brien lifts the ball towards mid-on and benefits from a single when England throw the stumps down and the ball deflects. Two more singles from another good over.

  190. 17 overs: 
    Ire 76-2 (Porterfield 43*, N O'Brien 12*)

    James Tredwell really whittles through his overs in the middle of the innings, and he's cheered by the hint of turn which again beats Will Porterfield's outside edge. Just three singles from another tidy over.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "These two are beginning to lay a foundation. I still think the tradition of wickets in hand is the way to go, cashing in during the final 10 overs."


    Tony: Imagine the rivalry we could have with a competetive Ireland given history. If only we stopped pinching their players.

  193. 16 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ire 73-2 (Porterfield 42*, N O'Brien 10*)

    Come on Ireland fans, how much would it mean to beat England today? Ben Stokes is starting to go through the gears a little bit, surprising Test Match Special's Simon Mann by reaching 85mph. He's bowling a tight line too, conceding just five singles. Time for drinks.


    Andy Gardner, TMS inbox: Would Ireland need their own first-class competition to achieve Test status? Or would that be negated by the fact that their players all play for English counties?

  195. 15 overs: 
    Ire 68-2 (Porterfield 40*, N O'Brien 7*)

    Eoin Morgan's gives Ravi Bopara the hook and turns to his canny off-spinner James Tredwell. The Kent man is a key member of this England ODI team these days but Will Porterfield is not going to let him settle as he goes on the reverse sweep and gets four for his troubles. Tredwell responds with a gentle turner which beats the skipper's outside edge. This could be a key battle.

    BBC Test Match Special's Tim Peach in Dublin

    "Ireland have spent more than 400,000 Euros on getting today's game on - there's temporary seating for 10,000 people. Still a few empty seats at the moment, but with over 9,500 tickets sold before today, they'll be expected to fill up a bit later.

    "Fairly genteel atmosphere at the moment, but that changes each time an Irishman (or at least, one of the ones playing for Ireland) hits a boundary."

  197. 14 overs: 
    Ire 63-2 (Porterfield 34*, N O'Brien 7*)

    Ben Stokes has slightly more pace than Ravi Bopara - if he fills out a bit he could become a genuine fast-medium - but that does not stop Will Porterfield wielding the willow outside off stump for two to the deep point fielder. Just three in total from the over.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a big couple of weeks for Boyd Rankin, because if he really impresses then he might get on to the plane for the Ashes. He looked more dangerous than Steven Finn."

  199. 13 overs: 
    Ire 60-2 (Porterfield 34*, N O'Brien 5*)

    Ireland sense that this could be the time to cash in, with the big fast bowlers grazing in the outfield and the medium-paced all-rounders into the attack. Will Porterfield takes on Ravi Bopara, creaming back-to-back boundaries through the covers. Poor bowling from England though, 10 from the over.

  200. 1126: 
    Aaron Finch

    Aaron Finch, who smashed 14 sixes against England in a Twenty20 international last week, has started to find his mojo against Scotland in their ODI. After a slow start, he hit Australia's first boundary in the seventh over and then crashed three in a row in the next. The visitors are 37-0 after 10 overs, with Finch on 24 from 29 balls and Shaun Marsh on 10 from 31.

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  201. 12 overs: 
    Ire 50-2 (Porterfield 24*, N O'Brien 4*)

    Durham's red-headed all-rounder Ben Stokes is given a chuck - the 22-year-old with a long run-up which ends with him angling into the stumps and sending down deliveries in the 82mph region. He begins with a massive front-foot no-ball, but gets away with any further punishment when Will Porterfield fails to cash in on the free hit. Six from the over - a steady start for Stokes.


    LausanneLad: Personally I think Rankin is overrated, need more than height to be an international bowler.

  203. 11 overs: 
    Ire 46-2 (Porterfield 22*, N O'Brien 4*)

    Ravi Bopara, who has enjoyed a wonderful summer in the one-day team, is brought into the attack but begins with a wide. He too tries to bowl back of a length, but he's not as quick as Boyd Rankin and Steven Finn and Will Porterfield guides him for four down to backward point. The skipper then hammers a single to the point boundary. England need to fiddle 10 overs out of Bopara, Luke Wright and Ben Stokes today.


    Matthew Wright, TMS inbox: It's all well and good saying that Ireland are just as strong as, if not stronger than, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, but those two are barely competitive in the Test arena and don't necessarily strengthen Test cricket. I feel Ireland need more strength in depth before they can really press their case for Test cricket.

  205. 10 overs: 
    Ire 40-2 (Porterfield 17*, N O'Brien 4*)

    Niall O'Brien decides he's had enough of the England bowlers dictating and latches on to the short stuff to hammer four beyond the despairing dive of James Taylor at square leg. Better from Ireland, who have stalled in recent overs.


    Fenners: As an England fan, how on earth do we decide who we want to win or lose the Scotland v Australia match?

  207. 9 overs: 
    Ire 36-2 (Porterfield 17*, N O'Brien 0*)

    He might be 6ft 8ins and an absolute brute of a fast bowler, but Boyd Rankin has just been caught digging into his pocket for a handkerchief between overs. Did Big Bird or Marshall ever blow their nose with a hanky? Steven Finn has recovered from his earlier struggles against Will Porterfield to leave the Irish skipper hopelessly groping outside off stump, before the opener ducks into a bouncer. Maiden over.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ireland have dangerous batting, but they don't have deep batting. Three or four wickets down quickly and they might have problems. Joyce is the one they usually bat around."


    Tom Davies: Safe to say nobody in the ground had any idea about that Ed Joyce wicket.

  210. 8 overs: 
    Ire 36-2 (Porterfield 17*, N O'Brien 0*)

    We have to give England credit here. After Paul Stirling dispatched Boyd Rankin to the cover boundary in consecutive deliveries, skipper Eoin Morgan had a word with his bowlers and they have altered their lengths. That has accounted for both Paul Stirling and Ed Joyce, while stalling the Irish run-rate. Good work.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    A bail must have come off. An old captain of mine, Brian Rose, once knew he had trodden on a bail, ran two, then put the bail back on. We're a bit stunned. Amidst an eerie silence, Joyce has gone. It was Rankin that spotted it, Joyce was patting down the wicket as if nothing had happened. The right decision has come eventually.

  212. 7.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Joyce hit wicket b Rankin (Ire 36-2)

    That's a strange dismissal. Nobody seemed to have noticed that Ed Joyce had knocked off a bail with his back foot and it takes the bowler, Boyd Rankin, to ask the question of the umpires and, after a couple of minutes spent deliberating, the batsman is given out.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Will Porterfield is ever the fighter, a spiritual leader of this team. Michael Vaughan even said that he thought Porterfield was the best leader at the 2007 World Cup."

  214. 7 overs: 
    Ire 36-1 (Porterfield 17*, Joyce 1*)

    There's a lot of work gone into today's match, with up to 10,000 supporters expected to pack into the temporary stands. There's a brief lull in play while the umpires sort out the sightscreen area - it appears the sun is reflecting into the batsman's eyes off the covers. Nothing a bit of black netting can't sort out. It looks like the groundsman has raided his wife's knitting box to dig that bit of material out.

    Steven Finn continues to search for his first wicket of the match, putting the ball into better areas - shorter areas - as he limits the Irish to just one run. Will Porterfield, in particular, looked uncomfortable with the new lengths.


    Jon: Ireland have 13 players, England 9 in this match. What does that tell you?

    Sam Noden: Finally Carberry and Ballance get their chance! Both have been in top form both this season and last and both are match winners.

    Matt Pateman: Add those two to Ireland's squad and they could compete in Test cricket against the bottom few. Calling for two tier Test rankings.

  216. 6 overs: 
    Ire 35-1 (Porterfield 17*, Joyce 0*)

    The Malahide pitch looks an absolute belter for today's match, the sun reflecting off its shiny surface. This could be a 300 plays 300 match. Ireland will certainly hope so as Ed Joyce races through for a nifty leg-bye. Just that and a wide from a good Boyd Rankin over.

  217. 1052: 

    Scotland have won the toss against Australia and opted to field in their ODI at the Grange. Hamish Gardiner makes his debut for Scotland while Shaun Marsh and the six-hitting Aaron Finch are batting for Australia. They are 4-0 after two overs.

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    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Looking down the England side today, you'd say their strong suit is definitely the batting rather than the bowling."

  219. 5 overs: 
    Ire 33-1 (Porterfield 17*, Joyce 0*)

    Test Match Special's Alan Lewis reckons Ed Joyce is the best Irish batsman of this generation. Not many can time the ball better than him, that's for sure. Steven Finn continues to Will Porterfield, and the skipper is determined to go hard at the Middlesex paceman as he places four through the off side before belting another boundary wide of point. Poor Finny looks so down on confidence at the moment.


    Harry Cunningham: Part of me wants Ireland to win this. Can't hurt their chances of full membership/Test status and cricket would benefit from that.

    Fenners: With Morgan, Rankin, O'Brien, Ireland are good enough for Test status. Would be stronger than Australia most definitely.

  221. 4 overs: 
    Ire 25-1 (Porterfield 9*, Joyce 0*)

    Ed Joyce is the new man to the crease - back playing for his country after a brief spell with England - and he survives his first delivery from Boyd Rankin, who must be cheered by that early wicket.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Stirling doesn't get into a good position, the ball didn't do a huge amount. The catch was relatively comfortable, low down to second slip. That will be disappointing to the Irish supporters because Stirling is such an exciting player."

  223. 3.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Stirling c Ballance b Rankin 10 (Ire 25-1)

    An excellent passage of play comes to an end. Paul Stirling drives Boyd Rankin through the covers for back-to-back boundaries with such exquisite timing, and the bowler responds by bowling a shorter length which ends with Stirling on the back foot and getting a thick edge to Gary Ballance at second slip.

  224. 3 overs: 
    Ire 17-0 (Porterfield 9*, Stirling 2*)

    I suspect the Ireland cricket team were pleased to get through transfer deadline day without England signing another of their players. Joking aside, Paul Stirling is one of their best bats these days - the stocky opener hitting the ball hard, even when cutting a single down to third man. A better over from Steven Finn, just three coming from it.

    Alan Lewis, Ex-Ireland batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ireland will be very pleased with that start. If Ireland do happen to get on top, there will be a lot of nervous England debutants."


    Ruairi in Putney, via text on 81111: If Ireland still had the likes of Eoin Morgan and Boyd Rankin mixed with their current squad, surely they could make it at Test level. Zimbabwe play Test matches and if you compare squads they are no stronger than Ireland, would love to see Ireland playing Tests in the near future.

  227. 2 overs: 
    Ire 14-0

    As Boyd Rankin takes the new ball alongside Steven Finn, the TMS team speculate that this is the tallest pair of opening bowlers ever fielded by England. Both men are 6ft 8ins.

    Rankin's first delivery against his old mates passes off without alarm, but his second is a nervy effort and runs away for five wides down the leg side. He's lucky it wasn't 10 wides - his radar went with that one. Paul Stirling gets off the mark with a quick single - he's got good feet for a big man! It's turning into an over to forget for Rankin as the left-handed Porterfield tickles another boundary down the leg side. Ten from the over.

  228. 1 over: 
    Ire 4-0

    Steven Finn takes the new nut for Ireland, desperate to prove he too should be on that plane to Australia this winter. If he, Rankin, Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett all go there will be an epic fight for the extra legroom seats. My money's on Big Chris. Anyway, a good start for Ireland as skipper Will Porterfield tickles four down to fine leg to get the hosts up and running. Other than that it's a fairly solid start for Finn.

  229. 1030: 

    Right then. Team pictures done and the sun is out. It's time to play some cricket.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Boyd Rankin is 6ft 8ins, so he's always going to be a handful if he gets it right. I think England will watch him closely in this match and the ODI series against Australia because he could be a candidate to tour Australia for the Ashes this winter."

  231. 1027: 
    Boyd Rankin

    Tall pace bowler Boyd Rankin, who makes his one-day international debut for England today, was in the Ireland team in Bangalore in 2011 - and his fellow Irishman Eoin Morgan, who captains the visitors today, believes the Warwickshire seamer can have a big impact for the Three Lions now he has switched allegiance.

    "He is bowling particularly well and it is exciting to see him with three lions on his chest," said Morgan. "The opportunity is endless and if he achieves his potential, hopefully we will see him in a white shirt sooner rather than later.

    "I think he has always progressed at his own pace. In the past he has struggled with injury but in the last couple of years he has strung together some fantastic seasons and some great spells of bowling."

  232. 1024: 

    Who can forget that innings by Kevin O'Brien in India in 2011? It was one of the most thrilling run-chases I have ever seen - and Ireland coach Phil Simmons believes the sport has gone from strength to strength in the Emerald Isle ever since.

    "It has had a huge impact," said Simmons. "The biggest impact is that the players now believe after that that we can play against anybody and beat anybody on any stage.

    "The other impact is there are a lot of people, a lot of kids playing the game all over. There was a little bit of that after Pakistan [2007 World Cup] but there is a lot more since 2011.

    "We have almost tripled our numbers participating over the last five or six years. Things like that encourage you that we are doing the right thing."

  233. 1020: 

    The Test Match Special boys are in Dublin, ready to take you through every ball of this one-day international. You can listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra or online on the BBC Sport website. Get those cans on - listening to cricket helps everyone work better!

  234. 1015: 

    Ireland captain Will Porterfield, speaking at the toss: "I would probably have had a bowl too, to try and exploit something in the pitch. Irish cricket is progressing all the time and to see 9,000 coming through the gate is great. We've got to bring our 'A game' today - there are a lot of young exciting players in the England side who have done well in county cricket so they haven't disrespected us at all."


    Right then. I want plenty of input from you good people today. Do Ireland deserve Test status in the future? How can they keep hold of players like Eoin Morgan and Boyd Rankin without it? I'm keen to hear from both England and Ireland fans. Send us your views, via #bbccricket, by text to 81111 or on email - Go for it!

  236. 1010: 

    England: Carberry, Wright, Taylor, Ballance, Morgan, Bopara, Buttler, Stokes, Tredwell, Finn, Rankin.

    Ireland: Porterfield, Stirling, Joyce, O'Brien, Wilson, O'Brien, Mooney, Johnston, Dockrell, Murtagh, Sorensen.

  237. 1008: 

    England give one-day international debuts to three new faces - new caps being handed out to Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry, Yorkshire strokemaker Gary Ballance and former Ireland pace bowler Boyd Rankin (pictured).

  238. 1006: 

    England win the toss and will bowl first. "The conditions here are in favour of the bowlers this morning and we'll have a look at the wicket first and then try and chase down Ireland's total," said England captain Eoin Morgan.

  239. 1002: 

    Good morning everyone, and welcome to BBC Sport's live coverage of the one-day international between Ireland and England in Malahide, Dublin. For some, this might be seen as a warm-up to England's ODI series against Australia. But it's more important than that - England want to keep their neighbours quiet and Ireland are determined to show they belong at the top table of international cricket. It's a cricketing derby, it's going to be good.

  240. 1000: 
    Kevin O'Brien

    Bangalore 2011, Croke Park 2007, Stuttgart 1988 - Ireland just love beating England, whatever the sport.

    The heroics of Kevin O'Brien, Ronan O'Gara and Ray Houghton have gone down in Irish sporting folklore.

    Now it's time to see if new heroes can be made. The Ashes-winning England team are in town - well a few of them anyway - and the Ireland cricket team are ready to cut them down to size.

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Live Scores - Ireland v England


  • England beat Ireland by 6 wickets
  • Ireland: 269-7 (50.0 overs)
  • England: 274-4 (43.0 overs)
  • Venue: Dublin

England Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total for 4 274
Carberry lbw b Johnston 10
Wright b Murtagh 5
Taylor b Murtagh 25
Ballance c Wilson b Murtagh 0
Morgan not out 124
Bopara not out 101
Extras 3w 4b 2lb 9

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