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Local cricket stars make history at Lords

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Local cricket stars make history at Lords thumbnailIreland captain, William Porterfield, from Donemana, in action against England at Lords, 'The Home of Cricket'.

CRICKET history was made on May 7, 2017, when Ireland played against England at Lords, 'The Home of Cricket', for the first time.
The two teams contested their first ever One Day International on English soil two days previously at Bristol.
In the years since Ireland's first ever One Day International fixture in Belfast (2006) against England their standing in the world game has risen. Since their epic breakthrough at the World Cup in the Caribbean the following year Ireland have made a habit of upsetting the established nations on the global stage, the most famous coming in Bangalore at the 2011 World Cup. Many will recall the record breaking innings by Kevin O'Brien that helped defeat England by three wickets.
The granting of two international games against England and the size of the crowds in attendance at both Bristol and Lords is testament to the standing that Irish Cricket now has on the world stage.
The North West Cricket Union was well represented on the Ireland squad with captain William Porterfield, Craig Young, Stuart Thompson and Andrew McBrine. In the first One Day International at Bristol captain William Porterfield was caught by Liam Plunkett from the bowling of Joe Root for 13, and Stuart Thompson was bowled by England's star spinner Adil Rashid for 4. Ireland were dismissed for a disappointing 126, with England chasing the total down with thirty overs to spare (127 for 3, Alex Hales 55, Joe Root 49 not out).
In the prestigious fixture at Lords England batted first and scored 328 for 6 from their fifty overs (Eoin Morgan 76, Joe Root 73 and Jonathan Bairstow 72 not out). William Porterfield top scored with a magnificent 82 runs in Ireland's total of 243 all out.
Although England comfortably won the game by 85 runs an improved performance will be a much needed confidence boost prior to the upcoming series of matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh in Dublin.

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