Bairstow slams fastest fifty as England clinch Ireland series Aug 02, 2020 0 670 12345 AFPSouthamptonJonny Bairstow equalled the England record for the fastest One-Day International fifty as the world champions beat Ireland by four wickets in a series-clinching victory at Southampton on Saturday.England were cruising to a target of 213 while opener Bairstow, whose 21-ball half-century equalled skipper Eoin Morgan’s mark against Australia at Nottingham two years ago, was at the crease.The wicket-keeper’s exit for 82, however, sparked a mini-collapse that saw three wickets lost for six runs.Both former Ireland batsman Morgan and Moeen Ali fell for ducks as Josh Little – only playing because of Barry McCarthy’s knee injury – followed his dismissal of Bairstow by striking twice in four balls to leave England wobbling at 137-6. But Sam Billings made 46 not out and David Willey, already a thorn in Ireland’s side with the ball, 47 not out.The pair shared an unbroken stand as England, who won with more than 17 overs remaining, again made Ireland pay for a low total batting first. Victory left England 2-0 up in a three-match series that concludes at the Ageas Bowl, the venue for all three matches, on Tuesday.Brief Scores: England 216 for 6 (Bairstow 82, Billings 46*, Willey 47*, Little 3-60) beat Ireland 212 for 9 (Campher 68, Rashid 3-34) by 4 wickets. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES PSG look forward to Champions League challenge after League Cup final wins Aug 02, 2020 0 7466 Giannis shines as Bucks hold on; Harden nets 49 as Rockets blast off Aug 02, 2020 0 708 Al Gharafa coach eyes full points in Duhail clash Aug 02, 2020 0 672 Brilliant Abunada thwarts Al Rayyan; Al Shahania claim crucial point Ayeni Olusegun Doha Substitute Saoud Farhan’s stoppage-time goal on Saturday ensured Al Shahania continue their impressive run since the QNB Stars League’s restart with a crucial 2-2 draw against Al Sailiya. The draw ..