Rain halts one-day cricket international against England
Published 08/05/2015 | 14:29
The one-day international between Ireland and England in Dublin has been called off after 18 overs due to rain.
James Taylor was set to take the field with five one-day international debutants as he captained England for the first time against Ireland in Dublin.
Kent batsman Sam Billings and Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory were the players to miss out in an unaccustomed line-up for this one-off Royal London fixture.
For Ireland, Alex Cusack came through a late fitness test on a groin injury to take his place.
Taylor won the toss and unsurprisingly chose to bowl first, under already cloudy skies with rain forecast.
England's new boys appeared destined for short debuts after rain swept in and interrupted proceedings with just 17.2 overs bowled.
Ireland had struggled to 56 for four by then and there was a maiden wicket each for Mark Wood and David Willey.
The hosts lost Paul Stirling first, run-out by a direct hit from wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, as the opener failed to make it to the non-striker's end for a leg-bye single.
Captain William Porterfield then chopped on to the pace of Wood and Niall O'Brien edged Tim Bresnan to James Vince at first slip.
Andrew Balbirnie went to drive left-armer Willey but was very well held at second slip by Jason Roy, also a debutant in this format.
Play had continued through half-an-hour of rain.
It was called off after a three o'clock pitch inspection.