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Only Test, Lord's, June 01 - 03, 2023, Ireland tour of England
172 & 362
(T:11) 524/4d & 12/0

England won by 10 wickets

Player Of The Match

Josh Tongue claims five-wicket haul on debut as England seal victory

Ireland show improved batting performance led by Adair, McBrine and Tector

Valkerie Baynes
Valkerie Baynes
Josh Tongue holds the ball aloft for his five-for  •  Getty Images

Josh Tongue holds the ball aloft for his five-for  •  Getty Images

England 524 for 4 dec (Pope 205, Duckett 182, Crawley 56, Root 56) and 12 for 0 (Crawley 12*) beat Ireland 172 (Broad 5-51, Leach 3-35) and 362 (McBrine 86*, Adair 88, Tector 51, Tongue 5-66) by 10 wickets
Four balls was all it took... four balls and more than two sessions as Ireland's batters put on a dogged display to take their Test against England into a third evening - just - when making it to tea had looked like a sturdy ambition.
Josh Tongue's five-wicket haul on Test debut put his name on the Lord's honours board and the hosts on the brink of victory and Zak Crawley struck three fours off the first four balls of the innings to overhaul the 11-run target.
Droll predictions abounded overnight about how long England's golf-loving players would need before booking their tee times and the fact that England were forced to bat again was down a 163-run partnership between Mark Adair and Andy McBrine after Harry Tector and Lorcan Tucker had laid the foundation with a fifty stand that signalled an improved Ireland batting performance compared to the first innings.
McBrine kicked on after Adair's dismissal but was stranded on 86 when Stuart Broad bowled Graham Hume with the eighth ball after tea to end Ireland's second innings, 10 runs in front.
England claimed three wickets in the morning session, including one for Tongue, which left him just one shy of the five-for to neatly cap a great week for the Worcestershire seamer. He was drafted into the squad for this match as injury cover for James Anderson and Ollie Robinson and retained his place alongside them in a 16-man squad for the first two Ashes Tests, unveiled on the stroke of lunch.
It wasn't until shortly before the scheduled tea break and with a ball that was 79 overs old that he sealed a spot on the joint honours board, as Tongue had fellow debutant Fionn Hand out edging a length ball just outside off stump to Crawley at slip.
England took the second new ball after 81 overs and handed it straight to Tongue, but McBrine and Hume stood firm to go to tea unbeaten on 85 and 9 respectively with Ireland four runs ahead.
With opener James McCollum playing no further part in the match after retiring hurt with a badly twisted ankle he sustained while batting on Friday evening, Ireland were effectively effectively 162 for 7 during the morning session. Scans showed no fracture, but McCollum suffered suspected ligament damage and was resigned to watching from the sidelines in a moon boot.
Tector and Tucker had batted well the previous evening and comfortably navigated the first half hour on Saturday, adding 29 runs to Ireland's overnight 97 for 3. But then Jack Leach entered the attack and struck second ball as Tucker attempted to sweep and succeeded only dragging the ball back onto the stumps with his glove to end an assured innings on 44 and a fifth-wicket stand worth 63.
Joe Root came on and saw his fifth delivery muscled for six by Curtis Campher. Then Tongue, who had taken all three of Ireland's second-innings wickets the previous day, returned to action and went for back-to-back fours by Campher, the first a well-drilled cover drive and the second a complete miscue through mid-on.
Tector brought up a deserved half-century driving through mid-off and running two but Tongue had him out with his next ball, a short, wide delivery which Tector sent straight to backward point where Harry Brook juggled momentarily before holding on.
In the next over, Root invited Campher to sweep and the ball sailed through to Ben Stokes at short fine leg, a dismissal notable for Stokes' wince as he clutched his troublesome left knee and hobbled after completing the catch.
Adair took 15 off one Root over as lunch approached, including a six over deep midwicket to take Ireland past the 200-mark and an authoritative sweep through backward square leg for four. By the time Adair reached his fifty by guiding a short ball from Broad over the keeper's head for four, he had scored just one run to the off side. He tucked the next neatly to the rope through fine leg before threading a third boundary in a row behind gully.
McBrine brought up his fifty with a reverse-sweep off Leach for four and the duo reached their 150 partnership off just 155 balls. Matthew Potts removed Adair, caught behind for 88 off just 76 balls after failing to put more than a light touch on an attempted upper cut. Potts' relief was palpable as he collapsed into Stokes' arms to celebrate, perhaps not so much because England had broken Ireland's record partnership in Tests given the hosts' still-dominant position, but that he had finally added to his two wickets from Ireland's first innings after toiling hard through 17 overs of their second.
Stokes still appears to be in a race against time to fulfil his ambitions of playing as an allrounder against Australia, although he said after the match that he felt fine. In any case, Tongue stepped in to claim his fifth after going wicketless in Ireland's first innings, when Broad took a five-wicket haul.
When Hume struck a second four on the trot off Root to put Ireland in front by one run, the crowd let out a huge cheer. Even when Broad claimed the final wicket, they couldn't say they hadn't been treated to a much fuller day than anticipated and witnessed a batting display Ireland will surely have wished they'd produced on the first day.

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor, women's cricket, at ESPNcricinfo