Willey and Billings help England survive Ireland scare in second ODI

  • Ireland 212-9; England 216-6; England win by four wickets
  • Hosts recover from 137-6 after losing three wickets for six runs

Just as the sun started to set and the floodlights were no longer a complete irrelevance the series came alive for a while. England were chasing what is often regarded as a paltry target in the modern game, 213. They were 131 for three and Jonny Bairstow was causing havoc. Having equalled the fastest 50 by an Englishman - from 21 balls – there was still a possibility that he might post a hundred at record speed. Whereupon an unlikely intervention came from Josh Little, the bustling left-arm paceman, not selected for the first match.

Little had been pummelled mercilessly by Bairstow in his first spell and more of the same was on the cards in his second after two dismissive straight drives. His gander was up and when Bairstow swung once more there was an edge to the keeper; Little may have had a word judging by the way Bairstow swung round as he headed off to the pavilion.

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