Player of the Match
Player of the Match

England win by 85 runs and take this short series 2-0, as was expected. Two very efficient victories although they had to dig a little deeper at stages today. It was an improved display from Ireland with bat, ball and in the field even if a gulf still remained. England's innings was set up by Morgan and Root then finished off by Bairstow and Rashid. Ireland made a flyer with the bat before Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett slowed them, followed by Root's career-best with the ball. England's players (most of them) now head back to the Royal London Cup for a few days - Morgan and Billings back to the IPL - then they have a training camp in Spain ahead of the three-match series against South Africa. Their Champions Trophy campaign begins on June 1. For Ireland, it's back home for an important triangular series involving New Zealand and Bangladesh. A chance for more top-level cricket. Will Ireland's selectors decide to look at some new faces? I'll bring you the presentation shortly.

William Porterfield "I thought we were much improved today. We put a lot of things right. We kept going even through that big partnership. With the bat, just a couple of wickets behind the game. Lot of credit Barry McCarthy for coming in for a big game. We did a lot of hard work, not making easy for anyone to start, but credit to Bairstow and Rashid at the end. But lads put their hand up. After Friday it would have been easy to hide away, but we took a step forward. Even when we were six down."

Eoin Morgan "Today presented different challenges, cloud cover this morning and the openers did really well. We should have been more clinical, one of us should have got a big score, but Jonny and Adil led us home really well. [Jonny] is another selection headache, but it's a great position to be in. The quality of cricket coming up is extremely good and that's what we want. Great to see Woody back, getting more overs under his belt."

The Man of the Match is Joe Root. "If we've got guys who can bowl a few overs then it's great. Nice to be able to do that in last few days. It's been nice to get a few runs, a good stepping stone towards the Champions Trophy. The South Africa series will be really good for us to be under some pressure."

That just about wraps things up for today. A gentle start for England to their season. Here's Andrew Miller's report. We'll be back for the series against South Africa, while we will also have coverage of the tri-series from Ireland. For now, though, from Andrew McGlashan and Alan Gardner it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.

Wood to Dockrell, OUT, all over! That's a convincing way to end things as Wood spears a pinpoint yorker through Dockrell

GH Dockrell b Wood 28 (56m 30b 2x4 1x6) SR: 93.33

46 | 8 Runs | IRE: 243/9 (86 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.28, RRR: 21.50)

  • Peter Chase6 (11b)
  • George Dockrell28 (29b)
  • Liam Plunkett8-0-23-3
  • Mark Wood8-0-38-1
Plunkett to Chase, no run, spoons this just wide of Plunkett in his follow through
Plunkett to Dockrell, 1 run, a short ball, he pulls one bounce to deep square leg
Plunkett to Chase, 1 run, gets bat on another full, straight delivery and squirts it down to third man
Plunkett to Chase, no run, gets the yorker in, dug out to the off side
Plunkett to Chase, FOUR runs, wide outside off, takes a thick edge and Rashid at third man can't cut it off
Plunkett to Chase, 1 wide, a bouncer that is just a little too far down the leg side
Plunkett to Dockrell, 1 run, moves well outside leg and clubs this down to long-off

Ireland 2nd innings Partnerships

1st68EC JoycePR Stirling
2nd9EC JoyceWTS Porterfield
3rd10WTS PorterfieldA Balbirnie
4th26NJ O'BrienWTS Porterfield
5th41GC WilsonWTS Porterfield
6th24KJ O'BrienWTS Porterfield
7th45WTS PorterfieldGH Dockrell
8th3GH DockrellBJ McCarthy
9th5TJ MurtaghGH Dockrell
10th12GH DockrellPKD Chase