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Live Reporting

By Jack Skelton and Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell

    And that's it for this live text. Cheers for reading. We'll be back with live coverage of England's one-off Twenty20 against Pakistan from around 13:45 BST on Sunday.

    For now, Amy Lofthouse has the report of England's nervy win in Malahide here.

    The scorecard is here.

    And look out for the Test Match Special podcast available here later.

    For now, farewell!

  2. Post update

    Well England never make it easy. That ended up being a bit of a thriller. Perhaps not the way Eoin Morgan wanted to start the international summer, but a win in the end.

    Ireland impressed and it was especially heartening to see several young players coming to the fore. It will be intriguing to see how they go against West Indies and Bangladesh this month.

  3. Post update

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "I knew it would be challenging at stages but the bowlers did a great job. Three or four of us batted poorly but Ben Foakes batted superbly on debut and he and Tom Curran got us over the line.

    "We found a way to win today, which is nice.

    "Jofra Archer started well. Debuts can be a write-off and it's difficult to tell but all the bowlers managed to get some overs in and blow the cobwebs away."

  4. Post update

    More from Porterfield on Josh Little, who took 4-45 on debut: "He has great potential. He settled in and was able to do what he does.

    "All credit to him and all the young lads that have played today have a bright future.

    "This is a big month for us with seven ODIs in the next 15-20 days. It's good to be together for that length of time and playing games."

  5. Post update

    Ireland captain William Porterfield, speaking at the presenation: "We could've got a few more. There were tricky conditions in the morning but we wanted another partnership to free the guys up in the back end.

    "But I can't fault the fight of my team. We had three debutants and none of them looked out of place."

  6. Man of the match

    England's Ben Foakes: "They were tricky conditions - it was nipping about a bit - so with their bowlers we had to stick in and take what was on offer.

    "Because we bowled so well and restricted them to less than 200, the run-rate never got beyond us."

  7. Post update

    Elsewhere, Dawid Malan was severely hampered by an injury that meant his innings never got going and he couldn't run on debut.

    James Vince played a few pretty shots, but couldn't rotate the strike and fell cheaply. (You've heard that before, haven't you?)

    Jofra Archer was slightly loose in his first spell but came back to rev it up to 90mph with ease, claiming his first England wicket with a snorting yorker.

    In fact, all of England's pace bowlers looked in decent touch, Liam Plunkett standing out with 4-35. Adil Rashid was also excellent, with 1-27 off his nine overs.

  8. Post update

    If everyone stays fit, Ben Foakes probably won't play in the World Cup.

    But England have at least made sure that the Surrey keeper bats is just as calm and mature a manner as he does in Tests.

    And that's a big game for Tom Curran - bowling very well to pick up three wickets and hitting his highest ODI score with 47 not out.

  9. Post update

    That was incredibly tense, until the last few overs where Ireland seemed to run out of ideas and momentum.

    All credit to Ben Foakes and Tom Curran for doing that to the hosts as well.

    How much will William Porterfield rue that review confusion? Tim Murtagh should've had Foakes out lbw.

  10. Post update

    Ian Bell

    Former England batsman on TMS

    Ireland have got a lot of positives to take out of this - the performance of their young players.

    For England, they have given a debut to Jofra Archer and Ben Foakes, who kept well and steered his side to victory with the bat.


    Eng 199-6

    England don't even need another legal delivery to get it done.

    Josh Little oversteps to concede a no-ball, it's banged in halfway down and Tom Curran swivels it away through mid-wicket to the fence.

    Five runs in total and that complete a very nervy four-wicket win for the visitors.

    Ireland will be gutted. They looked on course for a first win over England on home soil, but Ben Foakes and Curran have done a superb salvage job.

  12. Eng 194-6

    Need five from 18 balls

    Mark Adair gets it up in the blockhole and Tom Curran fends it down the ground for one.

    A tremendous partnership from these two Surrey players to bail England out of serious trouble.

  13. Eng 193-6

    Need six from 19 balls

    Tom Curran slaps wide of mid-on and Boyd Rankin ungainly gallops after it as England pick up a couple more.

  14. Post update

    Alan Lewis

    Ex-Ireland captain and chairman of selectors on BBC Test Match Special

    I wonder if Curran's thinking about a four and a six for his half-century?

  15. Eng 190-6

    Need nine from 21 balls

    Ben Foakes slices away fine to third man for a couple.

  16. Curran dropped on 39

    Should've been taken.

    Tom Curran tries to get it over with in a hurry but skies it out towards deep cover.

    Lorcan Tucker runs in, sets himself but spills it.

    It might be too late anyway but Ireland needed that.

  17. Eng 187-6

    Oh dear. A low full toss from Mark Adair and Tom Curran mashes it over wide mid-on for four.

  18. How's stat?!

    Andy Zaltzman

    Test Match Special statistician

    Ben Foakes has become the first England player to score a 50 and take a stumping on debut.

  19. Eng 183-6

    Need 16 from 24 balls

    Tom Curran has played a big part in this chase too, the young Surrey player tapping a single to move to 35 not out.

    Can Ireland fashion a twist in this tale?

  20. Post update

    Alan Lewis

    Ex-Ireland captain and chairman of selectors on BBC Test Match Special

    Ireland's energy, bounce and electricity has dissipated.