Ireland loses four wickets to an England side in which five players made their debut
Unrelenting rain at Malahide meant the lone One-Day International between Ireland and England ended in a no result on Friday (May 8).
Ireland was 56 for 4 in 18 overs after 79 minutes of play when the rain interrupted play and resulted in the umpires finally calling off play shortly after 3pm local time (1400 GMT).
James Taylor, England's debutant captain, put the home side in to bat in overcast conditions. Of the five English players making their debut, Mark Wood and David Willey made it memorable with a wicket each.
For England, the breakthrough came early with Paul Stirling's wicket. Jonny Bairstow’s direct hit left the Middlesex batsman well short of his crease, out in the fourth over with just six runs on the board.
William Porterfield, the captain, struggled against tight bowling, and was bowled by Wood for just seven from 27 balls in the seventh over, as Ireland fell to 23 for 2.
Niall O’Brien attacked with two fours in the space of four balls before he edged a drive off Tim Bresnan straight to James Vince, another of the debutants. That brought to an end his 21-run stand with Ed Joyce, who would be unbeaten on 23, having hit two fours himself.
Andrew Balbirnie (5), caught at second slip by Jason Roy off Willey, son of Peter Willey, the former England batsman, was the fourth wicket to fall. An over later, the umpires took the players off.