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03-Jun-2023 15:54:00 GMT
Eng v Ire - Only Test, The Lord's, day 3

England break Ireland spirit to record big win

England 524 for 4 declared (Pope 205, Duckett 182, Crawley 56, Root 56) and 12 for 0 (Crawley 12*) beat Ireland 172 (Broad 5-51, Leach 3-35) and 362 (Adair 88, McBrine 86*, Tongue 5-66) by 10 wickets

London: England finally overcame a spirited fightback by Ireland to win the one-off Test at Lord's by 10 wickets.

Mark Adair clubbed a freewheeling 88 and Andrew McBrine an enterprising unbeaten 86 to extend what had previously been a one-sided contest past tea on the third day.

When Ireland lost their sixth wicket, effectively their seventh because opener James McCollum was absent injured, they still needed 190 runs to make England bat again.

But number nine Adair repeatedly flogged the ball through the leg side and McBrine played some high-class strokes in a seventh-wicket partnership of 163 - Ireland's highest for any wicket in Tests.

Though Adair eventually feathered Matthew Potts behind and pace bowler Josh Tongue completed a five-wicket haul on his Test debut, last man Graham Hume pushed Ireland into the lead to the delight of a Lord's crowd eager to see as much cricket as possible.

Ireland were finally dismissed for 362 when Hume was bowled by Stuart Broad, leaving McBrine stranded and England needing 11 to win.

Zak Crawley scored all of them in four balls to seal victory in England's final Test before the Ashes series against Australia which begins on 16 June at Edgbaston.

Before then, attention turns to the Australians and their World Test Championship final against India at The Oval, starting on Wednesday.

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