ICC has announced the 2020-22 Cricket World Cup Super League. Thirteen teams feature in the league; each team will play an ODI series against eight of the other twelve teams, four at home and four away. This will serve as a qualification for the 2023 WC. England and Ireland play a three match ODI series as a part of the league.
England beat Ireland by six wickets in the first ODI at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Thursday. Ireland posted 172 runs on the board in 44.4 overs, which England chased down with 22.1 overs to spare. For Ireland, Curtis Campher scored 59, while Andy McBrine scored 40, one of the most positive knocks of the day.
The former put on a 51-run partnership with Kevin O’ Brien (22). Campher took Ireland past 100 in the 31st over.
Three ducks from Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker and Indian-origin Simi Singh led to their below-par score. David Willey picked up his five-for, giving away only 30 runs in 8.4 overs. He picked up the big wickets of Paul Stirling (2) and Andrew Balbirnie (3) in his first two overs, to give an early jolt to Ireland.
The visitors had lost half their side by the seventh over.
The first boundary in the England innings came through leg byes as Craig Young strayed down leg. The hosts were at 11/0 after two overs. Jonny Bairstow (2) was caught LBW by McBrine. England were at 12/1 after 2.5 overs.
Young caught Jason Roy LBW for 24 and the hosts were at 36/2 after six overs. Tucker caught James Vince for 25 off Young and Tom Banton for 11 off Campher. England were at 78/4 after 13.4 overs. Sam Billings (67) brought up his half century in the 24th over with a commanding pull against Young.
Eoin Morgan (36) finished the match off with a six off Singh. Willey was awarded the MoM. The teams lock horns in the second ODI on August 1 at the same venue.