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Class of his Eoin

ENGLAND will welcome their senior one-day players back today after an experimental side secured a nervy victory over Ireland at Clontarf.

Selectors were set to name their party for the Natwest series against India this afternoon, with a handful of star names back on duty after being excused the trip to Dublin. Eoin Morgan, captaining England for the first time against his former side, managed to deliver an 11-run win in a rain-affected match but it was the established players who starred rather than the new breed.

England handed debuts to James Taylor, Ben Stokes and Scott Borthwick but saw the youngsters struggle. Instead it was Morgan and Jonathan Trott who provided the backbone, both scoring half-centuries in a total of 201 for eight. Jade Dernbach, still a rookie at international level, but a first-choice pick throughout the Sri Lanka one-day series, shone with the ball, taking three important wickets. Morgan had positive words for the debutants. “I think they'll benefit from this,” he said. “I believe we'll see more of them in the near future.” Morgan, who made 59 against his former team-mates, was also impressed with Dernbach. “Jade bowled extremely well,” said Morgan. “Going from 85mph to a slower ball is a hell of a skill and Jade has it.”


Ireland captain William Porterfield was disappointed that his side's chase was condensed to 23 overs after the rain break, but admitted the final equation of 87 runs off 60 balls was achievable as long as Kevin O'Brien was around. The big-hitting all-rounder briefly threatened another upset. He dispatched Scott Borthwick for two steepling sixes in his only over on debut, eventually falling to Dernbach for 26 in 15 balls. “There was frustration – it would have been nice to get a full game in,” said Porterfield. “But when Kevin was in he got the spinners off fairly quickly. Another few overs of him and it would have been over fairly quickly.” Porterfield would also have liked to get rid of his childhood team-mate Morgan cheaply. “It would have been nice to get him. He's one of England's best one-day players,” said Porterfield.

“He's a class act and he's going to score runs against any bowling attack. It was nice to get him for 50 – that's probably pretty cheap these days.”