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Ireland skittled for 38 as England ‘shatter’ dream

England’s Chris Woakes bowls during the third day of the Test match between England and Ireland at Lord’s cricket ground in London on July 26. (AP)

Poms win by 143 runs

LONDON, July 27, (RTRS): Ireland’s dream of pulling off one of the biggest shocks in the history of Test cricket was shattered as they collapsed to 38 all out to lose by 143 runs to England at Lord’s.

Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad ruthlessly exploited the murky conditions to take all 10 wickets in the space of 15.4 overs as Ireland posted the lowest-ever total at Lord’s.

Ireland made a dream start when Stuart Thompson polished off England’s second innings with the first ball of the day, clean bowling Olly Stone to dismiss the hosts for 303 and leave themselves two days to knock off 182 runs.

After a rain delay and with the lights required in the gloom, Ireland began the chase in encouraging fashion, reaching 11 without loss, but the wheels fell off in spectacular fashion as Woakes and Broad ripped them apart in little more than an hour.

Woakes applied the knockout blow, toppling Tim Murtagh’s leg stump to finish with the spectacular figures of six wickets for 17 while Broad took four for 19.

It was a shambolic end to what had been a fantastic effort by William Porterfield’s gallant side in only Ireland’s third Test match and their first versus England.

They had bowled England out for 85 before lunch on the opening day of the four-day Test on Wednesday and induced another collapse in the home ranks in sweltering heat on Thursday, putting them in sight of a maiden Test victory.

In the end, however, 182 in conditions tailor-made for seam bowling, proved way beyond their skill-set as England successfully defended their lowest total ever at Lord’s.

England’s first-innings total of 85 was the lowest to win a Test for 112 years. However, the home side was indebted to the class of Broad and Woakes and a superb second-innings 92 from nightwatchman Jack Leach – who batted at number 11 first time round – to disguise a fragile batting order.

That line-up will face a sterner Test next week when the Ashes series against traditional rivals Australia starts next week at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

When James McCollum stroked Broad through the covers for a boundary in the third over Irish hopes were soaring.

England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, who suffered two ducks with the bat, produced a magical one-handed catch to dismiss Porterfield and give Woakes his first victim in the next over.

Andrew Balbirnie, impressive in Ireland’s first innings, struck one boundary before edging Broad to Joe Root at first slip before Paul Stirling was bowled by Woakes.

Ireland were sinking fast and lost three wickets on 24. McCollum (11) edged a Woakes outswinger to Root before Gary Wilson was trapped lbw two balls later. Broad then pinned Kevin O’Brien in his crease for a plumb lbw.

A manic three-ball spell then saw Mark Adair struck on the helmet by Broad, pull him for six, then lose his off stump.

Ireland knew the game was up and Woakes completed his five-wicket haul as Thompson edged to Root who then gratefully accepted another catch from Andrew McBrine off Broad.

Woakes wrapped up the match when he knocked over Murtagh’s leg stump to hand England an improbable victory.

Scoreboard

LONDON, July 27, (RTRS): Scoreboard at close of play on the third day of only Test between England and Ireland on Friday.

ENGLAND 1st innings

R. Burns c G. Wilson b T. Murtagh…………….. 6

J. Roy c P. Stirling b T. Murtagh……………… 5

J. Denly lbw M. Adair……………………… 23

J. Root lbw M. Adair……………………….. 2

J. Bairstow b T. Murtagh……………………. 0

M. Ali c G. Wilson b T. Murtagh………………. 0

C. Woakes lbw T. Murtagh…………………… 0

S. Curran c J. McCollum b B. Rankin…………. 18

S. Broad c G. Wilson b B. Rankin……………… 3

O. Stone b M. Adair………………………. 19

J. Leach not out………………………….. 1

Extras:…………………………………. 8

Total: (23.4 overs, all out)………………….. 85

Fall of Wickets: 1-8 (Roy), 2-36 (Denly), 3-36 (Burns), 4-42 (Root), 5-42 (Bairstow), 6-42 (Woakes), 7-43 (Ali), 8-58 (Broad), 9-67 (Curran), 10-85 (Stone)

Bowling: T. Murtagh 9-2-13-5, Adair 7.4-1-32-3, Thompson 4-1-30-0, Rankin 3-1-5-2

IRELAND 1st innings

W. Porterfield c J. Leach b S. Curran…………. 14

J. McCollum b S. Curran…………………… 19

A. Balbirnie b O. Stone…………………….. 55

P. Stirling lbw S. Broad……………………. 36

K. O’Brien not out………………………… 28

G. Wilson c J. Root b O. Stone……………….. 0

S. Thompson b S. Broad……………………. 0

M. Adair b S. Curran………………………. 3

A. McBrine b S. Broad…………………….. 11

T. Murtagh c R. Burns b O. Stone……………. 16

B. Rankin b M. Ali…………………………. 7

Extras:………………………………… 18

Total: (58.2 overs, all out)…………………. 207

Fall of Wickets: 1-32 (Porterfield), 2-45 (McCollum), 3-132 (Stirling), 4-138 (Balbirnie), 5-138 (Wilson), 6-141 (Thompson), 7-149 (Adair), 8-174 (McBrine), 9-195 (Murtagh), 10-207 (Rankin)

Bowling: Broad 19-5-60-3, Woakes 10-2-34-0, Stone 12-3-29-3, Curran 10-3-28-3, Leach 3-0-26-0, Ali 4.2-1-14-1

ENGLAND 2nd innings

J. Leach c Adair b T. Murtagh……………….. 92

R. Burns c Wilson b Rankin………………….. 6

J. Roy b Thompson……………………….. 72

J. Denly run out K. O’Brien…………………. 10

J. Root c Wilson b Adair……………………. 31

J. Bairstow lbw Adair………………………. 0

M. Ali c Wilson b Rankin…………………….. 9

C. Woakes c Balbirnie b Adair……………….. 13

S. Curran c McCollum b Thompson…………… 37

S. Broad not out…………………………. 21

O. Stone b Thompson………………………. 0

Extras:………………………………… 12

Total: (77.5 overs, all out)…………………. 303

Fall of Wickets: 1-26 (Burns), 2-171 (Roy), 3-182 (Leach), 4-194 (Denly), 5-194 (Bairstow), 6-219 (Ali), 7-239 (Root), 8-248 (Woakes), 9-293 (Curran), 10-303 (Stone)

Bowling: Murtagh 18-3-52-1, Adair 20-7-66-3, Rankin 17-1-86-2, Thompson 12.5-0-44-3, McBrine 10-1-47-0

IRELAND 2nd innings

W. Porterfield c Bairstow b Woakes……………. 2

J. McCollum c Root b Woakes………………. 11

A. Balbirnie c Root b Broad………………….. 5

P. Stirling b Woakes……………………….. 0

K. O’Brien lbw Broad……………………….. 4

G. Wilson lbw Woakes………………………. 0

S. Thompson c Root b Woakes……………….. 4

M. Adair b Broad………………………….. 8

A. McBrine c Root b Broad………………….. 0

T. Murtagh b Woakes………………………. 2

B. Rankin not out…………………………. 0

Extras:…………………………………. 2

Total: (15.4 overs, all out)………………….. 38

Fall of Wickets: 1-11 (Porterfield), 2-18 (Balbirnie), 3-19 (Stirling), 4-24 (McCollum), 5-24 (Wilson), 6-24 (O’Brien), 7-32 (Adair), 8-36 (Thompson), 9-36 (McBrine), 10-38 (Murtagh)

Bowling: Broad 8-3-19-4, Woakes 7.4-2-17-6

Match result: England win by 143 runs

Umpires: Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Aleem Dar

TV Umpire: Paul Wilson

Match Referee: Andrew Pycroft

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