Ireland v England, Only ODI, Dublin August 25, 2011

Dernbach delivers in rain-dented contest

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England 201 for 8 (Trott 69, Morgan 59) beat Ireland 117 for 8 (Dernbach 3-30) by 11 runs - D/L
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

England's new-look one-day team exacted a measure of revenge for their predecessors who were vanquished in that thrilling World Cup fixture in Bangalore, as Ireland's spirited bid for back-to-back victories against their nearest neighbours was thwarted first by the weather and then by a canny diet of slower balls and yorkers from Jade Dernbach and Ravi Bopara.

In what effectively became a match within a match after two lengthy rain delays had eaten 35 overs out of the day's allocation, Ireland were left needing 87 from the final ten overs of their run-chase, having gone into the second interruption on 42 for 2 after 13, following the early loss of both openers to Steven Finn.

In what looked suspiciously like a tactical decision, Will Porterfield ran himself out off the second ball of the resumption, whereupon the hero of Bangalore, Kevin O'Brien, monstered consecutive sixes off the debutant spinner, Scott Borthwick, to give a patient Dublin crowd the treat they had all turned up to see, and to give England an early reminder of the damage he could cause, following that seminal 113 from 63 balls at the World Cup.

While O'Brien was at the crease, anything seemed possible, as he bashed along to 26 from 15, with the pick of his strokes being an inside-out drive through extra cover off Samit Patel. However, Eoin Morgan, captaining England for the first time against his former countrymen, swiftly pulled his spinners from the attack, and turned to the seam variations of Dernbach and Bopara to regain control of the match.

The move was rewarded with three key wickets in as many overs. First, Niall O'Brien misread a slower-ball bouncer from Dernbach and holed out to deep square leg for 13; then Nigel Jones was exquisitely cleaned up by Bopara, whose back-of-the-hand delivery trimmed his bails as he went through his shot too soon. Kevin O'Brien added one more boundary to his tally when he picked a Dernbach slowie and pulled it through midwicket, but he wasn't ready for the change-up in pace, and was comprehensively yorked in the same over.

John Mooney, the unsung hero of that remarkable night in Bangalore, revived Ireland's hopes with a first-ball four and a crashing six over midwicket, but he too succumbed to Dernbach as he got underneath a lofted drive, and picked out Ben Stokes on the straight boundary.

With 12 balls remaining and 23 required, Patel returned to the attack with an exceptional over that went for four runs and included the wicket of Gary Wilson to an optimistic swipe, which left Dernbach to close out the game for figures of 3 for 30 in five overs, all but one of which came in the closing ten-over bash.

The frenetic finale was entirely at odds with the soporific start to the contest, in which Jonathan Trott - the only survivor of that Bangalore beating - dropped anchor in his habitual (and opinion-splitting) style to top-score for England with 69 from 105 balls. Morgan provided a spark of tempo against his former countrymen with a 65-ball 59, but Ireland's bowlers bowled with excellent discipline on a sluggish surface to restrict their opponents to 201 for 8 in 42 overs.

In showery conditions reminiscent of England's lucky escape in Belfast two years ago, run-scoring proved hard to master on a two-paced surface. Though he once again batted deep within his bubble in his first England appearance since he damaged his shoulder during the second Test against India at Trent Bridge, even Trott appeared frustrated with his progress at times, and when rain interrupted after 12.1 overs, he had reached 19 off 34 balls.

England lost two early wickets in that time. Craig Kieswetter's struggles against the moving ball continued in an unconvincing 26-ball 14, while James Taylor, the highly-rated young Leicestershire batsman, managed 1 from eight balls on debut before a short ball from Rankin got big on him, and he top-edged a loose pull to Wilson at midwicket.

Morgan's inventiveness, and a decent flurry from the tail, ensured England scraped over the 200-mark, but the rain prevented a proper contest from panning out. Given that Kevin O'Brien had been the one batsman all day to really get a grip of the surface, Ireland may well rue the overs that got away.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | August 28, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    jonesy2 tell us how u know this about county accenst , do u spend alot of time in county team dressing rooms i take it. .as per the aussie accent i was over there for 3 month 6 years ago and when i came back. they thought i was croc dundee. dpk

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | August 27, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    funny how different sports and fans except similar situations on watching today ireland v england at rugby union and rugby league wigan v leeds. how many of the players are of different nationality playing for the teams granted one is an international game and the other a club match but still the same situation. guys can play club rugby some for as little as 2 years and can change countries. but guys in cricket in england can come over as boys or as young men play 4/5years some with english parents and be selected for a junior england side, with no comments. then selected for a full england side and no comment. then start winning, win the ashes, then go top of the world rankings. then low and behold theres comments from all and sundry.not only on this page topic but most that has to do with england. funny old world. dpk

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | August 26, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Good to see Associate nations like Ireland doing well despite the loss. England's a good cricket team these days, but Ireland definitely has a dedicated small cricket community there that plays cricket with a lot of passion and spirit. I wonder if ICC gave test status to say Ireland instead of Bangladesh where Ireland would be now? Although Bangladesh has a lot of promise in 10 years they haven't done much. Ireland on the other hand has as an associate cricket nation can be justly proud of their performances. Good luck Ireland for the future.

  • POSTED BY Guernica on | August 26, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    @jonesy - so Khwaja is pretty much the same as Strauss then? And excuse me, England have only won 2 series??? They've won 8 of their last 9 series, which has included Australia twice as well as the other 3 sides in the top 5. That is why they are top. Let's see if Australia or South Africa can put together a similar run in the next few years.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    @Jonesy2 England only won 2 series to go top of the rankings? Did you only learn to count at the start of the Sri Lanka series? Since the loss in WI in 2009 England have 2 series wins against Australia, 1 vs Pakistan and 2 vs Banglandesh, 1 vs Sri Lanka, 1 vs India, 1 vs WI and a draw with SA. Haven't played NZ for ages but we beat them home and away when we last did.

  • POSTED BY aracer on | August 26, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    @seanor - "SA's loss"? You really think Strauss, Dernbach, Prior should go and play for SA, despite living here and having played all their cricket here? Surely then you'd just accuse SA of fielding players raised in England - or would you prefer that none of them was playing cricket at all so as to avoid such dilemmas. Grow up.

  • POSTED BY Boycott246 on | August 26, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    @jonesy2: "...after all they only won 2 series...". Hahahahaha. You simply have no idea have you?

    Going back to the year 2000, England - Currently the No1 test team - have played 43 test series, winning 25, drawing 7 losing only 11. You can't seriously think that the No1 test ranking comes off the back of 2 series wins against India and the Aussies? However, I realise that England pounded both of these weaker teams in to the dirt which would warrant elevation to the top spot after only 9 matches [England 7 - Ind/Aus1 + 1 draw], scoring 5,673 runs in only 13 innings [we kept declaring you see, or only having to bat once!], but these things are hard-earned. Perhaps the next time Australia visit England, they should only get 3 matches at the smaller grounds given their poor recent record. I'm sure you'll agree that this is only fair.

  • POSTED BY Pelham_Barton on | August 26, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    @jonesy2: What do you mean by saying that England "only won 2 series". England have won their last six Test series, and eight out of nine since they last lost one. It is true that if South Africa win all of their next five Test matches, they will overtake England as number one in January before England can play again.

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | August 26, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Irish playing the Irish ... Really why cant England mount their won cricket team with the 'World Eleven" thing? It must take some of the gloss off their achievements for their fans.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | August 26, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    YorkshirePudding -------- nobody is complaining, just laughing at england's lack of depth and quality cricketers who actually have english accents. usman came to aus when he was 4 or something, he has a very aussie accent, same cant be said for half of the players in county cricket and the "england" team. hey but well done on beating a minnow like ireland even if you had to rely on rain or else there would have been a second loss to ireland in less than 6 months. ouch. ah i suspect this stay at the top of the test match rankings will be short lived, after all they only won 2 series, if thats all you have to do to be at the top of the rankings then i suspect australia or south africa will be there in a few months. hopefully australia but we will see.

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | August 28, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    jonesy2 tell us how u know this about county accenst , do u spend alot of time in county team dressing rooms i take it. .as per the aussie accent i was over there for 3 month 6 years ago and when i came back. they thought i was croc dundee. dpk

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | August 27, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    funny how different sports and fans except similar situations on watching today ireland v england at rugby union and rugby league wigan v leeds. how many of the players are of different nationality playing for the teams granted one is an international game and the other a club match but still the same situation. guys can play club rugby some for as little as 2 years and can change countries. but guys in cricket in england can come over as boys or as young men play 4/5years some with english parents and be selected for a junior england side, with no comments. then selected for a full england side and no comment. then start winning, win the ashes, then go top of the world rankings. then low and behold theres comments from all and sundry.not only on this page topic but most that has to do with england. funny old world. dpk

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | August 26, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Good to see Associate nations like Ireland doing well despite the loss. England's a good cricket team these days, but Ireland definitely has a dedicated small cricket community there that plays cricket with a lot of passion and spirit. I wonder if ICC gave test status to say Ireland instead of Bangladesh where Ireland would be now? Although Bangladesh has a lot of promise in 10 years they haven't done much. Ireland on the other hand has as an associate cricket nation can be justly proud of their performances. Good luck Ireland for the future.

  • POSTED BY Guernica on | August 26, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    @jonesy - so Khwaja is pretty much the same as Strauss then? And excuse me, England have only won 2 series??? They've won 8 of their last 9 series, which has included Australia twice as well as the other 3 sides in the top 5. That is why they are top. Let's see if Australia or South Africa can put together a similar run in the next few years.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    @Jonesy2 England only won 2 series to go top of the rankings? Did you only learn to count at the start of the Sri Lanka series? Since the loss in WI in 2009 England have 2 series wins against Australia, 1 vs Pakistan and 2 vs Banglandesh, 1 vs Sri Lanka, 1 vs India, 1 vs WI and a draw with SA. Haven't played NZ for ages but we beat them home and away when we last did.

  • POSTED BY aracer on | August 26, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    @seanor - "SA's loss"? You really think Strauss, Dernbach, Prior should go and play for SA, despite living here and having played all their cricket here? Surely then you'd just accuse SA of fielding players raised in England - or would you prefer that none of them was playing cricket at all so as to avoid such dilemmas. Grow up.

  • POSTED BY Boycott246 on | August 26, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    @jonesy2: "...after all they only won 2 series...". Hahahahaha. You simply have no idea have you?

    Going back to the year 2000, England - Currently the No1 test team - have played 43 test series, winning 25, drawing 7 losing only 11. You can't seriously think that the No1 test ranking comes off the back of 2 series wins against India and the Aussies? However, I realise that England pounded both of these weaker teams in to the dirt which would warrant elevation to the top spot after only 9 matches [England 7 - Ind/Aus1 + 1 draw], scoring 5,673 runs in only 13 innings [we kept declaring you see, or only having to bat once!], but these things are hard-earned. Perhaps the next time Australia visit England, they should only get 3 matches at the smaller grounds given their poor recent record. I'm sure you'll agree that this is only fair.

  • POSTED BY Pelham_Barton on | August 26, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    @jonesy2: What do you mean by saying that England "only won 2 series". England have won their last six Test series, and eight out of nine since they last lost one. It is true that if South Africa win all of their next five Test matches, they will overtake England as number one in January before England can play again.

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | August 26, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Irish playing the Irish ... Really why cant England mount their won cricket team with the 'World Eleven" thing? It must take some of the gloss off their achievements for their fans.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | August 26, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    YorkshirePudding -------- nobody is complaining, just laughing at england's lack of depth and quality cricketers who actually have english accents. usman came to aus when he was 4 or something, he has a very aussie accent, same cant be said for half of the players in county cricket and the "england" team. hey but well done on beating a minnow like ireland even if you had to rely on rain or else there would have been a second loss to ireland in less than 6 months. ouch. ah i suspect this stay at the top of the test match rankings will be short lived, after all they only won 2 series, if thats all you have to do to be at the top of the rankings then i suspect australia or south africa will be there in a few months. hopefully australia but we will see.

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | August 26, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    I watched Dermot Reeve beat the living hell out of my school as a 13yr old who just learned to play the game of all places in Hong Kong. He later went on to represent England so this practice of fielding foreign born players is not something new. It's been going for ages, if you're good you're in. With population movement on the increase the last couple of decades, you are bound to get even more of these. Prior, Strauss, Dernbach all went to secondary schools in the UK and went through the system...unlike KP and Trott. People are gonna follow the money as in the case of KP and Trott. They get paid better playing county cricket even if they don't make it to the England national team. I guess now with the advent of 20/20, things have changed a bit which is why you see a lot of former kolpak players returning home.

  • POSTED BY Pelham_Barton on | August 26, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    @Jonah58: It was not just the workings of D/L that increased Ireland's asking rate after the break from 5.50 to 8.70 (not over 9rpo as you had it). Under the old system of faster scoring rate, Ireland's target would have been set to match England's overall rate of 4.78 rpo, which would have meant 111 to win for Ireland, or a rate of 6.9 rpo after the break. It is only the increase from 6.9 to 8.7 that is explained by D/L for the reasons given at 06:37GMT by "Sir_Freddie_Flintoff".

  • POSTED BY Guernica on | August 26, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    @Mervo to help answer your question, why not take a look at the top 10 test batting and bowling rankings? 6 out of 20 are born in England, a further 2 born in SA but have come through the English county system. 1 out of 20 is born in Australia. So perhaps the question should be 'Why can't Australia produce quality cricketers anymore?'

  • POSTED BY Guernica on | August 26, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    @Redneck - The boy Rankin has said he wants to play for England, just like Morgan before him and indeed the likes of Pietersen, Kieswetter. So, he has made him self available, he's qualified through residency and as a result he is being included on merit in the England development program along with a whole host of English-born bowlers. This is surely going to be good for his development. The reality is that Rankin is a currently a long way from being called up due to the strength in depth of English pace-bowling. What do you expect, should the ECB to tell him to go back to his own country because he has no future with England?

  • POSTED BY DrToast on | August 26, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    @ Seanor - We all know that Strauss and Prior spent the vast majority of their formative years in England so their birthplace is inconsequential. KP's mother is English.

    As for Trott, Kieswetter, Dernbach and Lumb, I would happily see them all out of the side.

    More worrying is that having an African coach, has led to African players getting the nod ahead of vastly superior English players. Why is Kieswetter playing when he's not even the best keeper/batsman at his county?

  • POSTED BY Boycott246 on | August 26, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    @Redneck/Randyoz/Mervo et al: - Surely the rules for qualification apply to other sides too? Hardly the fault of England if other teams don't use them. Given the colonial history of Britain, it's hardly a surprise that an England cricket team will contain players from all over the place. To take it one step further, why do the countries that play cricket, play cricket?

    What about the coaches? Tim Nielsen of Australia was born in London, Buchanan of NZ is an Aussie, Fletcher of India is a Zimbabwean, Flower of England played for Zimbabwe but was born in Cape Town, Geoff Lawson was at Pakistan, etc., etc.

    Going back to to the very first test in 1877, 6 of the Australian team were born elsewhere, so it's hardly a new phenomenon

    As for Saffers playing for England, what about the Aussies picking Kepler Wessels?

  • POSTED BY KingofRedLions on | August 26, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Hardly a real match, really.

  • POSTED BY seanor on | August 26, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    @mervo. Dont forget Strauss the SA -B captain who is also from JHB. Oh and Michael Lumb who played recently and is, wait for it........, also from JHB. That makes at least 7 players??? @Lmaotsentung - not funny or controversial, but rather sad at SA's loss and England's lack of depth.

  • POSTED BY ajaypathak on | August 26, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    i think that winning against under prepared & unfit indian side in test series in home condition and homeside feverable pitches is not a big achivement for this english team, i dont think that they will be no.1 more than 1 year, in one day they are just ordinary, former players, suppoters and english players are talking to much now, the real test is in near future for this team

  • POSTED BY dadwall on | August 26, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    this is OK England won the game Ireland is not full member team that so good team and also i like that and they have good played in the world cup in specially against England and they beat to en gland and also they are going well

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | August 26, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    And people who are slamming the D/L method as usual, you should know why Ireland's required rate was higher after the break if you have a basic understanding about the game. Before the break, Ireland needed 160 runs to win from 29 overs with 8 wickets in hand. Now, they needed about 5.5 run per over, but with 29 overs to bowl there was a good chance that they might have lost all 10 wickets before reaching the target. When the match was reduced and they only had to face 10 overs, if D/L set them 55 runs at 5.5 per over, it would have been a cakewalk. Why? Because now they wouldn't have to worry about losing wickets, as they still had 8 wickets left. Therefore 87 runs from 10 overs was roughly as difficult as 160 runs from 29 overs. Think about it: in a 50 over game the average score is 250 @5 per over, but in a Twenty20 game it's 160 @8 per over. This is due to the same reason.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | August 26, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    @Mervo, you need to get over where people were born, If you read Dernbachs profile he moved to England at 14, primarily played rugby, and learnt all his cricket in England, the same goes for Prior and Strauss (who you missed). By your logic Khawaja shouldnt be allowed to play for Australia, as he was born in Pakistan. @Colm Mooney, In regard to Ireland getting more games I agree they could do with a Full series against the International teams rather than one off games, even playing A-sides in the 4 day format, theres even a case for having Ireland join the County Championships.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | August 26, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    @Redneck, and @RandyOz, FYI : Rankin was born in Derry, which is in Northern Ireland and is Part of the UK. As for Foreign born players, nothing new here, nobody complained when we fielded a sides with Ben Hollioake, Caddick, Devon Malcom, but then we weren't handing out thrashings to Oz back then.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | August 26, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Eng defended the small total very well..........but,not for rain match would have been very close !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    This game was a bit odd, coming as it did in the middle of the India series against an England side that was not really the England side. I think we should have a proper ODI series against Ireland. Possibly also it would be worth organizing first class games between Ireland and England lions, Sri Lanka A etc in order to give the Irish experience of as close to test cricket as possible and build up a case for Test status, while investing in the structure of the game in Ireland and building up strength over a long period.

  • POSTED BY redneck on | August 26, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    @RandyOZ not just the 2 south africans their eyeing off Rankin from ireland too! england could seriously field an entie XI and not have one englishman in it soon!

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 25, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    Another two South Africans to slot into the test side, you beauty!

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | August 25, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    @ landl - I know it's not all about pace, but I just feel that Woakes will be cannon fodder if the ball doesn't swing and seam at around about 80mph. He does need to put on a little bit if he can. His batting is hugely promising though, and I think Warwickshire need to get him up the order as soon as they can. He could be the genuine all rounder England supposedly need according to the papers, even though they're doing fine without!

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | August 25, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    @Mervo - give it a rest mate. It was funny and controversial about oh I'd say 2-3 years ago. Now you're just making yourself look foolish regurgitating the same thing over and over again.

  • POSTED BY Jonah58 on | August 25, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    @landl47 if the odds are stack SOOOOOOOOO heavily against the side batting 1st using DL in a rain affected match can you explain to a mere ibicile like myself how when Eng never managed to score at 6rpo or more at anytime in the match messers Duckworth and Lewis set Ireland a chase of over 9rpo? It seemed at the time to be lunacy at a level only slightly below the one which required SA to score 20 odd runs off a single ball in one of the early world cup matches. As Mark Butcher said on the radio commentary, Englands refusal to allow the match to go beyond a 6:00pm cut-off devalued an ODI to the level of a beer match as it atrificially reduced the overs available to the team batting 2nd!

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 25, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Not a bad performance by England, considering how much the odds are stacked against the team batting first in a rain-shortened match, even with D/L. Unfortunately we didn't learn much about the debutants; Taylor and Stokes went early and Borthwick wasn't really an option when Ireland's chase was so short. Still, the two first-choice bats, Trott and Morgan, both made runs and Finn bowled well. He's added some extra pace and is bowling in the 140kph range now. Two good signs were that Samit bowled really well in the penultimate over and Woakes looked very good. He batted sensibly to take England to 200 and his bowling was excellent. He has the best seam position I've ever seen for a bowler of his age- dead straight and rock steady. He's also very accurate. If he could get his pace up a yard or so, from 130-135 to 135-140kph, he'd be a real handful. Ireland tried hard and have some talent, but they're more the level of a county side than a test side. Stick at it, boyos.

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | August 25, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    What is wrong with English cricket?? Morgan is Irish, Trott from Johannesburb, Durnbatch also from Johannesburg and Kieswetter from South Africa as well! And that doesn't Count Prior and Petersen who are also imports. How sad that England can't produce its own cricketers any more and has to acquire a team from elsewhere.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 25, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    @Omer Imtiaz; Agreed. Ireland needs to have Test Status - their players are more than good enough. The problem seems to be the structure of the game in Ireland.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Irish are good...it is time they are not a feeder to the English cricket team. I feel they have a right to put up a team

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Although I wouldnt go ahead and push for conferring test status on a team that's just started out, not letting them play considerable amount of games against full-member nations is not fair. You are not giving them a chance to develop through competition.

  • POSTED BY Rocket_180 on | August 25, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    India played Sussex today England played Ireland, now the sad thing for me was that Sussex really had no interest in there match against India and it was played in front of 1 man and his dog and Sussex sent out a near 2nd side showing no interest in making it a real contest.

    Where Ireland sent out there full team, sold out the match around 7000 specators, brought temp stands and made a real go of it and it was a cracking effort by Ireland to beat England and Ireland put on a real show

    this just shows why test sides should play there warm up games in lesser nations not local/county sides - food for thought ICC

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | August 25, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    @ Colm Mooney - Bangladersh, Pakistan, WI, Zimbabwe should be willing to play. Ireland should approach them for scheduling some games. Irland is a great up coming team. Good luck.

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | August 25, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    England quite simply can't afford Trott and Cook in the same line-up - and despite top scoring, with the way Cook was playing against Sri Lanka and the fact he's captain have to keep him in! Trott's record looks incredible (he's averaging over 50) but I'd prefer to see someone like Stokes come in permanently and move KP back up to No. 3, where he should be batting in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    somebody give these guys test status

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    WELL PLAYED IRISH!!!BEST OF LUCK

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Overall a really messy game, it's such a pity we couldn't chase at 5.50 to the over instead of going out at near 9's and just having to whack it, it suits Ireland more to chase over a long period,

    the sad thing is Ireland doesn't have another ODI against a full member team for months if even this year, ICC really needs to encourage full teams to come over or to invite us over...

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  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Overall a really messy game, it's such a pity we couldn't chase at 5.50 to the over instead of going out at near 9's and just having to whack it, it suits Ireland more to chase over a long period,

    the sad thing is Ireland doesn't have another ODI against a full member team for months if even this year, ICC really needs to encourage full teams to come over or to invite us over...

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    WELL PLAYED IRISH!!!BEST OF LUCK

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    somebody give these guys test status

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | August 25, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    England quite simply can't afford Trott and Cook in the same line-up - and despite top scoring, with the way Cook was playing against Sri Lanka and the fact he's captain have to keep him in! Trott's record looks incredible (he's averaging over 50) but I'd prefer to see someone like Stokes come in permanently and move KP back up to No. 3, where he should be batting in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | August 25, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    @ Colm Mooney - Bangladersh, Pakistan, WI, Zimbabwe should be willing to play. Ireland should approach them for scheduling some games. Irland is a great up coming team. Good luck.

  • POSTED BY Rocket_180 on | August 25, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    India played Sussex today England played Ireland, now the sad thing for me was that Sussex really had no interest in there match against India and it was played in front of 1 man and his dog and Sussex sent out a near 2nd side showing no interest in making it a real contest.

    Where Ireland sent out there full team, sold out the match around 7000 specators, brought temp stands and made a real go of it and it was a cracking effort by Ireland to beat England and Ireland put on a real show

    this just shows why test sides should play there warm up games in lesser nations not local/county sides - food for thought ICC

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Although I wouldnt go ahead and push for conferring test status on a team that's just started out, not letting them play considerable amount of games against full-member nations is not fair. You are not giving them a chance to develop through competition.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Irish are good...it is time they are not a feeder to the English cricket team. I feel they have a right to put up a team

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 25, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    @Omer Imtiaz; Agreed. Ireland needs to have Test Status - their players are more than good enough. The problem seems to be the structure of the game in Ireland.

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | August 25, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    What is wrong with English cricket?? Morgan is Irish, Trott from Johannesburb, Durnbatch also from Johannesburg and Kieswetter from South Africa as well! And that doesn't Count Prior and Petersen who are also imports. How sad that England can't produce its own cricketers any more and has to acquire a team from elsewhere.