Wednesday 22 May 2019

England get big scare in Malahide cricket ODI match

Big time cricket in Malahide (pic by Sam Barnes/Sportfile)
Big time cricket in Malahide (pic by Sam Barnes/Sportfile)

Big time cricket returned to Malahide last week as Ireland took on England in a one-off, one-day international.

Local cricket fans turned out at the Malahide venue for the game and among them was local man and former county councillor, David O'Connor in his new role as President of Cricket Ireland.

It was one of his very first engagements in the role and as a huge fan and supporter of Fingal cricket for decades, it must have been a very proud day for the Ballyboughal man.

On the cricket field, there was a two hour delay to the start of the match with some damp patches on the ground to be dried up.

Once the action got underway it looked like it was going to be a tough day at the office for the Irish team who were bowled out a lot faster than they would have liked, scoring 198 runs.

But the Irish lads did not give up and there was a scare around the corner for the men in the English shirts.

England suffered a top order collapse and found themselves in deep trouble after losing their first five wickets to a score of just 66 runs.

But it was to be an England debutant, Ben Foakes along with his Surrey team-mate, Tom Curran that was to rescue the day for England.

Between them, they put on an unbroken run of 98, delivering a victory for England with 18 balls to spare.

Of course, there was some consolation for the home crowd, at least the ones from Fingal, in the fact that England were captained on the day by our own Eoin Morgan from Rush.

He told Sky Sports after the mtach: 'I thought the bowlers did a great job and three or four of us batted really poorly.

'But I thought Ben Foakes was absolutely outstanding on his debut. His and Tom Curran's partnership really did get us over the line.

'And I think that's brilliant, we went to Scotland last year and played brilliantly but got beaten. Today we found a way to win which is nice.'

The big victor on the day was not England, it was Fingal and Malahide in particular which proved once again it can be a top class international cricket venue.

Malahide still hopes it can become the regular home of cricket in Ireland and hosting this prestigious event will do it no harm at all in realising that dream.

Well done to all involved in making another great sporting occasion in Fingal, particularly Fingal County Council, Cricket Ireland and of course, Malahide Cricket Club.

Fingal Independent