1st ODI: Brilliant Billings steers England to comfortable win over Ireland

After the three Test matches against the West Indies, in which Joe Root's men overcame the defeat in the first Test at Southampton to win the next two and lift the Wisden Trophy, England host Ireland in a three-match one-day global series with the matches being the first limited-overs worldwide fixtures to take place after the coronavirus lockdown. However, before coming into this series, the pacer had missed England's last 22 white-ball games. The 30-year-old's dominating performance guided the hosts to a six-wicket win over Ireland in the first ODI.

In England's first home one-day worldwide since being crowned world champions, Willey bowled with plenty of guile and was chiefly responsible for Ireland teetering to 28 for five in the seventh over.

Sam Billings, a late injury replacement for Kent team-mate Joe Denly, made 67 not out including 11 fours at better than a run-a-ball.

England's squad still featured eight World Cup winners, including captain Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, James Vince and Adil Rashid. Curtis Campher marked his Ireland debut with an unbeaten half-century.

Campher, a South African-born all-rounder who qualifies for Ireland through his mother's passport, showed admirable fortitude on his first global outing, surviving a hat-trick ball before going on to share stands of 51 and 66 with Kevin O'Brien and Andy McBrine.

Willey struck with just the fourth ball of the match when Paul Stirling chipped him to Morgan at midwicket.


McBrine initially matched Campher's willingness to dig in before taking the attack to Tom Curran, who had his revenge when the lower-order batsman holed out after making 40 from 48 balls before Willey fittingly ended Ireland's innings by snaring Craig Young, who toe-ended to mid-off.

Campher came to the crease for the first time in worldwide cricket facing a hat-trick ball, which he survived, but Ireland were staring down the barrel on 28 for five.

The 21-year-old former South Africa youth global, qualified for Ireland through his mother, went on to an admirable 103-ball fifty.

This was England's first home ODI since they beat New Zealand in last year's World Cup final at Lord's.

As happened before each of the recent England-West Indies Tests, players from both sides took a knee before play in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign.

David Willey opened the bowling for England in his first worldwide appearance since making way in the World Cup squad for Jofra Archer and the left-arm seamer made a breakthrough within four balls.

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