England thrash Ireland in the one-off Test at Lord’s

Bowler friendly conditions led to 11 wickets falling in just 15.5 overs on the third day at Lord's.

England came out this morning, after a very brief rain delay, on 303-9, leading by 181 runs. 

With the very first ball of the day, Stuart Thompson disturbed Olly Stone’s stumps, leaving Ireland 182 to win.

Ireland reached 11/0 before Chris Woakes removed captain Porterfield courtesy of a fine catch by Jonny Bairstow. 

Stuart Broad also joined in on the act, taking the wicket of Andrew Balbirnie who was caught at slip.

Woakes found his way through Paul Stirling, bowling him for a duck and in his next over found the edge of James McCollum. 

He, then, had Gary Wilson lbw on review for a pair.

Broad trapped Kevin O’Brien in front as Ireland lost their third wicket without scoring a run and slipped to 24/6. 

Mark Adair came out swinging and hit Stuart Broad for six after he had been struck on the helmet, but his resistance did not last long as Broad bowled him for eight. 

Stuart Thompson and Andy McBrine both edged to Joe Root — the former off Woakes, the latter off Broad — to leave Ireland 36/9. 

Although Tim Murtagh struck a two over the off-side, Chris Woakes had the last laugh, knocking out his leg-stump, and trumping the Irishman’s figures in the process, finishing with 6/17.

Jack Leach picked up the man-of-the-match award, despite going wicketless and bowling only three overs in the entire match. 

Even so, he scored more runs than anyone else in the match, with 92 as nightwatchman, and played a crucial role in giving England a defendable target.


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