A second-string instrument After scoring 334 runs for themselves and then bowling out the opposition for 286 runs, England easily defeated Ireland in the second one-day international that took place on Saturday at Trent Bridge to win by 48 runs.
The most of England’s damage with the ball was done by right-arm spinner Rehan Ahmed, who ran through the middle order and took four wickets as Ireland’s run chase came to an unsuccessful end.
After 50 overs, England had racked up a large number of runs, with opener Will Jacks leading the way with 94 runs scored (he was out trying to smash a six to achieve his century), and Sam Hain contributing 89 runs to the total.
The first four overs of Ireland’s innings were productive, with captain Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie putting on 46 runs. At the same time, the first few overs of England’s fast bowler Paul Scrimshaw’s debut were a complete nightmare for him since he bowled a string of no balls.
Ireland were halted in their tracks when Matthew Potts bowled Stirling with the following delivery after Scrimshaw made amends by dismissing Balbirnie with the penultimate ball of the fourth over.
Harry Tector attempted to retaliate by making 39 runs off of 40 balls, but Irish wickets were falling rapidly. Ahmed ended Tector’s fight when Jacks collected an excellent running catch from Ahmed.
George Dockrell, Ireland’s leading scorer with 43 runs, was also dismissed by Ahmed, but the traveling team resolutely refused to give up without a fight, and their bottom order batted very well.
Josh Little (29) and Craig Young (40 not out) added 55 runs together for the final wicket before Scrimshaw came an end to the proceedings by getting Little to hole out to Brydon Carse at deep on. Young was not out.
The first One-Day International (ODI) between the teams was called off due to weather, and the third match is scheduled to take place in Bristol on Tuesday.