Ireland stuns the world champion England
Ireland Paul Stirling and Captain Andy Balbirnie reached extraordinary centuries when tourists chased a disappointing goal of 329 to stuns the world champion England with a seven-wicket victory in the third and final one-day international at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.
England, which had already sealed the series, batted first and bounced back from early trouble to pitch 328 a ball before its 50 envelopes with Captain Eoin Morgan providing another classy century against the country of his birth.
But Ireland never seemed intimidated in their pursuit when Stirling snapped 142 of 128 balls and Balbirnie 113 of 112 to set a record of 214 for the second wicket, and Ireland’s second-highest association in ODIs when they hit their target with a ball to spare. . .
The series is the first in the 13-team International Cricket Council Super League that serves as qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup in India, where the hosts and the seven main teams will play in the final.
England fell to 44-3 at the start of their innings, but Morgan, who previously played 23 ODI for Ireland, led the attack on the bowlers and was supported by Tom Banton (58) as they put 146 in 18.2 overs for the fourth wicket.
David Willey (51) and Tom Curran (38 not out) added 73 more for the eighth wicket to see England beyond 300.
Ireland ran throughout their response, aided by a short distance from the local players, with Stirling reaching his ninth ODI century and Captain Balbirnie his sixth, but neither side could see him at home.
The visitors needed eight of the last tossed by Saqib Mahmood and were assisted by a higher no-ball that provided an extra ball and a free-kick.
Ireland’s only other victory over England in 13 games came at the 2011 World Cup when they scored 329 for seven, while Kevin O’Brien scored a century. He was in the fold to reach the winning races in this latest victory to seal another famous Irish success.