DURBAN: England avenged their World Cup defeat against Ireland with an 11-run victory over the hosts in Thursday’s rain-affected One-Day International at Clontarf on Thursday.
The Irish were eyeing another famous win over England after restricting the visitors, captained by Dublin-born Eoin Morgan, to 201 for eight in 42 overs.
Irish hopes dashed
But hopes of a repeat of Ireland’s World Cup victory in Bangalore in March were washed away by the constant drizzle that disrupted the hosts’ chances of establishing any momentum.
After two rain interruptions during the Irish innings the target was reduced to 129 from 23 overs and England were able to maintain enough control in the closing stages to secure a relatively straightforward win.
Morgan pleased after win
“It [the D/L] was like being back at school to be honest,” said Morgan. “But I really enjoyed it. Coming on and off the field tested us a bit. The guys held their nerve at the end and did well.”
Ireland captain William Porterfield was a disappointed man. “It was a bit frustrating coming on and off for rain. We gave it a crack, that’s all we could do. At half-time we were pretty happy but unfortunately the rain came again,” said Porterfield.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2011.