SOUTHAMPTON: Sam Billings struck a career-best unbeaten 67 as England overcame a mini-wobble to assert an emphatic six-wicket victory over Eire of their Cricket World Cup Tremendous League One-day Worldwide on Thursday.
After being despatched into bat within the opening ODI of the three-match collection on the Ageas Bowl, Eire slipped to 28 for 5 in a horror begin, however recovered to publish 172 all out in a primary aggressive sport for 4 months for a lot of gamers of their facet that marked the return of white-ball cricket from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.
World champions England scored at a great charge in reply however misplaced 4 wickets contained in the opening 14 overs to present the guests a sniff of victory.
However Billings, who slammed 11 boundaries after changing the injured Joe Denly, and captain Eoin Morgan (36 not out) placed on 96 for the fifth wicket to safe victory with 22.1 overs to spare.
Former Eire batsman Morgan accomplished the ultimate rites when he hit spinner Simi Singh for six.
An unfamiliar-looking England have been with out quite a lot of regulars who’re making ready for the Check collection in opposition to Pakistan subsequent week, however returning seamer David Willey had Eire in early bother as he picked up career-best figures of 5-30 in a nice show of swing bowling.
However this victory was arrange by Willey, who mentioned being not noted of the World Cup squad at ‘the eleventh hour’ had been ‘difficult’.
The 30-year-old all-rounder, whose return surpassed his earlier ODI better of 4-34 in opposition to Sri Lanka in Cardiff in 2016, mentioned: “I wasn’t sure whether my opportunity would come again, I absolutely loved being out there, wearing the ‘Three Lions’ again, and wickets are just a bonus.”
In the meantime Morgan lauded Willey, who took 4-12 as Eire slumped to 28-5, by saying: “Given the story of David and the place he has been the final yr or so since being not noted of England’s World Cup squad, it’s a incredible story and incredible comeback.
“He has always showed a lot of heart and soul and today, his skill level was exceptional,” he added after England’s first dwelling ODI since they beat New Zealand in final yr’s dramatic World Cup closing at Lord’s.
The guests innings was rescued by Curtis Campher, 21, who was unbeaten on 59 on debut to go together with 1-26 with the ball.
The 21-year-old former South Africa youth worldwide, certified for Eire by his mom, went on to an admirable 103-ball fifty. He placed on 66 for the eighth wicket with Andy McBrine (40) to present Eire one thing to defend.
“Curtis Campher was very good, he dug in when he had to and got a decent score,” mentioned Eire captain Andy Balbirnie. “But 170-odd was never going to be enough against England.”
Willey, the son of former England batsman and umpire Peter Willey, struck with simply the fourth ball of the match when Paul Stirling chipped him to Morgan at midwicket.
Eire collapsed to 28-5 as Willey ripped by the highest order earlier than Campher denied him a hat-trick.
Kevin O’Brien, whose gorgeous 50-ball hundred arrange Eire’s outstanding win over England in the course of the 2011 World Cup, made 22 earlier than he holed out off leg-spinner Adil Rashid.
Jason Roy (24) and James Vince (25) each received begins for England of their reply and there was a murmur of pleasure within the visiting camp once they had their hosts 78 for 4.
However the expertise of Morgan and clean-hitting of Billings took the sport away from the Irish, who will search for enchancment within the second match on Saturday.
As occurred earlier than every of the latest England-West Indies Checks, gamers from either side took a knee earlier than play in help of the Black Lives Matter marketing campaign.
England’s pink and white-ball fixtures are overlapping in a season lower quick by the Covid-19 outbreak and they’re sustaining two separate squads, that means a number of World Cup winners together with Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Archer received’t characteristic in opposition to Eire.
The Tremendous League can be used to find out the eight certified groups for the subsequent World Cup in India in 2023.
P.R. Stirling c Morgan b Willey 2
G.J. Delany c Banton b Willey 22
A. Balbirnie c Bairstow b Willey 3
H.T. Tector b Mahmood 0
Ok.J. O’Brien c Willey b Rashid 22
L.J. Tucker lbw b Willey 0
C. Campher not out 59
Simi Singh run out 0
A.R. McBrine c Billings b Curran 40
B.J. McCarthy c Vince b Mahmood 3
C.A. Younger c Roy b Willey 11
EXTRAS (B-4, LB-2, W-4) 10
TOTAL (all out, 44.Four overs) 172
FALL OF WKTS: 1-2, 2-7, 3-28, 4-28, 5-28, 6-79, 7-79, 8-145, 9-156.
BOWLING: Willey 8.4-2-30-5 (2w); Saqib Mahmood 9-1-36-2 (1w); Adil Rashid 10-3-26-1; Curran 7-0-37-1 (1w); Moeen Ali 10-0-37-0.
J.J. Roy lbw b Younger 24
J.M. Bairstow lbw b McBrine 2
J.M. Vince c Tucker b Younger 25
T. Banton c Tucker b Campher 11
S.W. Billings not out 67
E.J.G. Morgan not out 36
EXTRAS (LB-6, W-2, NB-1) 9
TOTAL (for 4 wkts, 27.5 overs) 174
FALL OF WKTS: 1-12, 2-34, 3-59, 4-78.
DID NOT BAT: Moeen Ali, D.J. Willey, T.Ok. Curran, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood.
BOWLING: McCarthy 0.5-0-3-0 (1nb); Stirling 0.1-0-1-0; Younger 8-0-56-2; McBrine 8-0-47-1 (1w); Campher 5-0-26-1 (1w); Simi Singh 3.5-0-23-0; Delany 2-0-12-0
RESULT: England received by six wickets to steer three-match collection 1-0.
UMPIRES: M. Burns (England) and A.G. Wharf (England).
TV UMPIRE: M.J. Saggers (England).
MATCH REFEREE: P. Whitticase (England).
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: David Willey.
SECOND MATCH: Southampton (D/N), Saturday.
THIRD MATCH: Southampton (D/N), Tuesday.
Revealed in Daybreak, August 1st, 2020