Friday, 3 December 2021

England’s Willey takes five to victory against Ireland

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SOUTHAMPTON: David Willey marked his return to England duty with a maiden five-wicket one-day international haul after sparking an Ireland collapse as white-ball cricket resumed Thursday following the coronavirus lockdown.

The left-arm paceman was appearing in his first ODI since being left out of England s World Cup-winning squad for Jofra Archer.

Willey responded by taking 5-30 from 8.4 overs as Ireland were dismissed for just 172 in the first of a three-match series that launches the new World Cup Super League to determine qualification for the 2023 50-over showpiece in India.

Willey took four early wickets as Ireland slumped to 28-5 after losing the toss.

Campher fifty 

But Curtis Campher held firm with an unbeaten 59 on debut. Together with Andy McBrine (40) he shared a stand of 66 after Ireland were in danger of being dismissed for under 100 at 79-7.

Willey struck with just the fourth ball of the match when Paul Stirling chipped him to England captain Eoin Morgan at midwicket. And Ireland were 7-2 when skipper Andy Balbirnie was caught behind driving at Willey.

Gareth Delany hit five fours in his 22 before he struck Willey straight to backward point. Next ball, the 30-year-old Willey, the son of former England batsman and umpire David Willey, had Lorcan Tucker lbw for a duck on review to leave Ireland 28-5.

Kevin O Brien, whose stunning century set up a remarkable Ireland win over England during the 2011 World Cup in Bangalore, made 22 before he holed out off leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

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