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England v Ireland: Hosts wrap up six-wicket victory on ODI return

Ireland lose wicket in first over as Willey removes Stirling
First one-day international, Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Ireland 172 (44.4 overs): Campher 59*, Willey 5-30
England 174-4 (27.5 overs): Billings 67*, Morgan 36*
England won by six wickets

England eased to a six-wicket win over Ireland on their return to one-day internationals at the Ageas Bowl.

Chasing just 173, and without a number of regulars who are away with the Test squad, England were stuttering at 78-4.

But Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings, who made 67 not out, shared an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 96 to seal the victory with 22.1 overs to spare.

David Willey earlier marked his England recall by taking his first five-wicket haul in international cricket.

The left-armer, playing his first international since being left out of last year’s World Cup squad, took four wickets with the new ball and returned to take the final wicket, finishing with 5-30.

Ireland had been 28-5 at one stage and could have suffered a far heavier defeat but for an unbeaten 59 by 21-year-old debutant Curtis Campher.

The win gives England 10 points in their first game of the newly formed World Cup Super League and a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Like the recent Test series against West Indies, these matches are being played behind closed doors in a bio-secure bubble with ODIs to follow on Saturday and Tuesday.

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Willey makes his point

It is hard to argue with England’s decision to drop Willey on the eve of last summer’s World Cup but that did not make it any less brutal.

He had been a key player in the preceding years but was left out to accommodate pace bowler Jofra Archer, who went on to star in England’s triumphant campaign. having become eligible shortly before the tournament.

Willey’s second chance may not have come but for the nature of this summer which has left England needing to pick separate Test and one-day squads, meaning Archer, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes are all absent from this squad.

The 30-year-old admitted he considered quitting the sport