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Sunday 17 December 2017

Cricket: Trott makes history in imposing total against Irish

England: 327 for eight

Ireland's Kevin O'Brien receives some medical attention during the ICC Cricket World Cup match at the at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Photo: PA
Ireland's Kevin O'Brien receives some medical attention during the ICC Cricket World Cup match at the at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Photo: PA
Ireland's Trent Johnston Photo: PA
England captain Andrew Strauss Photo: PA

Jonathan Trott top-scored, and claimed a notable place in cricket history too, as England piled up 327 for eight in today's World Cup Group B match against Ireland.

Trott (92) joined his team-mate Kevin Pietersen and West Indies great Viv Richards as one of three batsmen to reach 1,000 one-day international runs quicker than anyone else.

In his 21st innings, Trott - whose style of earnest accumulation is an obvious contrast to Pietersen and Richards' thrilling strokeplay - nonetheless once again served his team well with an exact run-a-ball tempo. He shared a third-wicket stand of 167 with Ian Bell (81), after Pietersen (59) and Andrew Strauss had predictably got England off to a blistering start.

Strauss, who won the toss, and Pietersen immediately set about the opposition's new-ball pair Boyd Rankin and Trent Johnston.

The captain, fresh from his career-best 158 in Sunday's tie against India at this same venue, was in a hurry again.

But he was first to go, after a stand of 91 in less than 14 overs, when he tried to paddle-pull slow left-armer George Dockrell off his stumps and was bowled round his legs.

It was an odd shot, and Pietersen also went tamely - soon after reaching his first half-century as an ODI opener, from only 41 balls - when he attempted to reverse-sweep off-spinner Paul Stirling but gloved a simple catch to wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien.

Trott and Bell therefore had to start again, yet lost little noticeable momentum doing so.

Bell diced with long-off, hitting a six off Dockrell, and then wide long-on for another boundary off the same bowler.

But he did not give a chance, and neither did Trott - in an innings which began with two crunching off-side boundaries off John Mooney when Pietersen was still in attendance but soon reverted to type via characteristic deflections and placement mainly for ones and twos.

Trott is still without a six in his Test or ODI career but was largely risk-free as he helped to keep England above six an over almost throughout.

He survived Bell, who chipped a full toss low to a tumbling Stirling at straight midwicket off Mooney having hit six fours and a six from 86 balls.

There were still 45 runs still in the powerplay. But after Trott also went short of his hundred, bowled aiming a big hit at Mooney (four for 63), England faltered and could manage only a below-par 70 in the last 10 overs.

Former Ireland captain Johnston kept tight lines to bowl Matt Prior and Mike Yardy and become the first bowler to take 50 ODI wickets for his country.

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