England v Ireland, Super Eights, Guyana March 30, 2007

Auld enemies and the pluck of the Irish

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Trent Johnston enjoys part of his breezy cameo © Getty Images

Grand Old Duke of York
There was more than a frisson of worry in the England camp when Trent Johnston and Andrew White started to find the boundaries late in the innings. Michael Vaughan turned to Andrew Flintoff, and he settled it, spearing the ball into the blockhole to devastating effect. One-day tactics have evolved constantly down the years, but there's still no match for the yorker at the death.

One for the auld enemy
The wicket of Flintoff - chopping one on - and two sixes in a breezy cameo would have been satisfying for most allrounders, but perhaps Johnston relished it a little bit more because of his New South Wales roots. He tries to play it down now that he's Irish captain, but some old rivalries linger.

Look who's clucking now
Johnston had unveiled the chicken-dance celebration when he dismissed Mohammad Yousuf in the famous victory against Pakistan, and there was a reprise as Flintoff became another prized victim. Chickens don't fly though, and England plucked his feathers ruthlessly, with 47 coming from the last five overs he bowled.

SuperColly
The ICC rankings may have Kevin Pietersen at the top, but Paul Collingwood's the man in prime form. A soaring six over midwicket was one of three that he hit as 56 came from the last 31 balls that he faced.

Palm Pilot
No, we're not agents for Johnston, but he had a hand, literally, in the day's exceptional fielding moment as well. Collingwood was on course for a century when Andrew White's throw from mid-on came arrowing in. Stationed in front of the stumps, Johnston palmed it on with his left hand.

I'm an Irishman, get me out of here
For Ed Joyce, this was a day to forget. Boyd Rankin got him shouldering arms to one that nipped back, and Ireland's top scorer in the 2005 ICC Trophy trudged off with just one to his name. Later, with Niall O'Brien on 9, Joyce appeared half-asleep when he grassed a high chance at midwicket off Sajid Mahmood. O'Brien cashed in to the tune of 54 more runs. Joyce's two matches against his old mates have now fetched him 11 runs. Ouch.

Seen and heard
During a slow phase of play, the roaming cameras zoomed in on a little fella in an orange vest. Perhaps aware that millions of eyes were on him, he took guard and executed a textbook loft over midwicket. Not content, he took guard again and bent low for a sweep shot, holding the pose for about five seconds. The gloves were a size too big, but he certainly looked the part.

Dileep Premachandran is features editor of Cricinfo