Morgan ton sets up England's 328 in third Ireland ODI
Eoin Morgan celebrates after reaching his century during the third ODI between England and Ireland at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. AFP
England captain Eoin Morgan once again proved a thorn in the side of his native Ireland, hitting a century in the world champions' imposing total of 328 in the third one-day international at Southampton on Tuesday.
England, already 2-0 up in a three-match series, were in trouble when Dublin-born left-hander Morgan came in at 14-2 after the loss of openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow. But Morgan went on to make 106 and shared a fourth-wicket stand of 146 with Tom Banton.
Somerset rising star Banton's 58 was his maiden ODI half-century. The pair were out in quick succession, England losing three wickets for 13 runs as they slumped from 190-3 to 203-6.
All-rounder David Willey, however, in his first ODI series since being left out of England's victorious World Cup squad last year, continued his fine return to international action with 51 at better than a run-a-ball. Earlier, Morgan pulled Josh Little for six before launching South Africa-born all-rounder Curtis Campher back over his head for another.
Morgan was dropped on 67 when a pull off spinner Andy McBrine burst through the hands of diving Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie at midwicket. He made Ireland pay, a straight-driven four, his 14th of the innings, taking Morgan to a 78-ball hundred that also included four sixes.
It was the former Ireland batsman's 14th ODI century, his 13th for England and second against Ireland. Morgan was eventually out when he sliced Little to backward point.
Although England are without several World Cup winners because of overlapping red and white-ball commitments they still managed to leave Ireland, yet to score more than 212 this series, with a challenging target.
This series marks the return of one-day international cricket from the coronavirus lockdown and also launches the new World Cup Super League, which will determine qualification for the 2023 50-over showpiece in India.
J. Roy c Balbirnie b Young 1
J. Bairstow b Adair 4
J. Vince c Tucker b Young 16
E. Morgan c Tector b Little 106
T. Banton lbw b Delany 58
S. Billings c Adair b Young 19
Moeen Ali c Stirling b Campher 1
D Willey c Balbirnie b Campher 51
T. Curran not out 38
A. Rashid run out (Tucker) 3
S Mahmood c Balbirnie b Little 12
Extras (lb10, nb2, w7) 19
Total (all out, 49.5 overs) 328
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Roy), 2-14 (Bairstow), 3-44 (Vince), 4-190 (Morgan), 5-202 (Banton), 6-203 (Moeen), 7-216 (Billings), 8-289 (Willey), 9-298 (Rashid), 10-328 (Mahmood)
Bowling: Young 10-1-53-3 (1w); Adair 7-0-45-1 (1nb, 1w); Little 8.5-0-62-2 (1w); Campher 10-1-68-2 (1nb, 2w); McBrine 8-0-61-0; Delany 6-0-29-1 (1w)
Ireland: Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany, Andrew Balbirnie (capt), Harry Tector, Kevin O'Brien, Lorcan Tucker (wkt), Curtis Campher, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Josh Little
Umpires: Martin Saggers (ENG), David Millns (ENG)
TV umpire: Alex Wharf (ENG)
Match referee: Phil Whitticase (ENG)