Willey, Billings star as England beat Ireland in ODI return Jul 31, 2020 0 1340 12345 AFPSouthamptonDavid Willey and Sam Billings guided world champions England to a six-wicket win over Ireland at Southampton on Thursday in the first One-Day International.Left-arm paceman Willey, appearing in his first ODI since being left out of England’s World Cup-winning squad for Jofra Archer, took a career-best 5-30 as Ireland were dismissed for a modest 172 in a match that marked the return of white-ball cricket from the coronavirus lockdown.But an unfamiliar-looking England, in the first of a three-match series that launches the new World Cup Super League to determine qualification for the 2023 50-over showpiece in India, slumped to 78-4 at the Ageas Bowl.Sam Billings, a late injury replacement for Kent team-mate Joe Denly, made 67 not out including 11 fours at better than a run-a-ball.Together with World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, a former Ireland batsman, he shared an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 96.Willey took 4-12 as Ireland slumped to 28-5 after losing the toss. Curtis Campher held firm with an unbeaten 59 on debut.Together with Andy McBrine (40) he shared a stand of 66 after Ireland were in danger of being dismissed for under 100 at 79-7. Ireland were 7-2 when skipper Andy Balbirnie was caught behind driving at Willey.Gareth Delany hit five fours in his 22 before he struck Willey straight to backward point. Next ball, the 30-year-old Willey, the son of former England batsman and umpire David Willey, had Lorcan Tucker lbw for a duck to leave Ireland 28-5.This was England’s first home ODI since they beat New Zealand in last year’s World Cup final at Lord’s.ScoreboardIrelandP. Stirling c Morgan b Willey 2, G. Delany c Banton b Willey 22, A. Balbirnie c Bairstow b Willey 3, H. Tector b Mahmood 0, K. O’Brien c Willey b Rashid 22, L. Tucker lbw b Willey 0, C. Campher not out 59, Simi Singh run out (Banton/Bairstow) 0, A. McBrine c Billings b Curran 40, B. McCarthy c Vince b Mahmood 3, C. Young c Roy b Willey 11ExtrascTypeface:> (b4, lb2, w4) 10TotalcTypeface:> (All out, 44.4 overs) 172Fall of wicketscTypeface:> 1-2 (Stirling), 2-7 (Balbirnie), 3-28 (Tector), 4-28 (Delany), 5-28 (Tucker), 6-79 (O’Brien), 7-79 (Simi Singh), 8-145 (McBrine), 9-156 (McCarthy), 10-172 (Young).Bowling: Willey 8.4-2-30-5 (2w); Mahmood 9-1-36-2 (1w); Rashid 10-3-26-1; Curran 7-0-37-1 (1w); Moeen 10-0-37-0.England (Target: 173)J. Roy lbw b Young 24, J. Bairstow lbw b McBrine 2, J. Vince c Tucker b Young 25, T. Banton c Tucker b Campher 11, S. Billings not out 67, E. Morgan not out 36ExtrascTypeface:> (lb6, nb1, w2) 9TotalcTypeface:> (4 wkts, 27.5 overs) 174Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Bairstow), 2-34 (Roy), 3-59 (Vince), 4-78 (Banton); Bowling: McCarthy 0.5-0-3-0 (1nb); Stirling 0.1-0-1-0; Young 8-0-56-2; McBrine 8-0-47-1 (1w); Campher 5-0-26-1 (1w); Simi Singh 3.5-0-23-0; Delany 2-0-12-0.Result: England won by six wickets.Player of the match: David Willey (ENG)Series: England lead three-match series 1-0Toss: EnglandUmpires: Mike Burns (ENG), Alex Wharf (ENG)TV umpire: Martin Saggers (ENG)Match referee: Phil Whitticase (ENG)Remaining FixturesAug 1: 2nd ODI, Ageas Bowl (D/N)Aug 4: 3rd ODI, Ageas Bowl (D/N) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES World No.1 Ashleigh Barty withdraws from US Open Jul 31, 2020 0 1417 Hamilton eyes ‘super weird’ 7th Jul 31, 2020 0 14396 Top position the target as Rayyan take on Al Arabi Jul 31, 2020 0 13527 Investors pull out of Newcastle deal AFP London A Saudi-backed consortium on Thursday announced it had ended its bid to buy Newcastle United after months of waiting for approval from the Premier League. The investment group, which included the Saudi Public ..