Rewind: England v Ireland, ICC U19 CWC 2006
Sat, Aug 11, 2012 7:06 AM
As England get ready to face Ireland at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 on Sunday, we look back at a classic match between the two nations.
The clash happened six years ago, with the Colombo Cricket Club Ground in Sri Lanka playing host to the thriller.
It was the second match of the tournament for both sides, with England fresh off a convincing 77-run win against Nepal while the Irish were thumped by Zimbabwe to the tune of 118 runs in their opening match of the group stage.
Ireland captain Eoin Morgan - now an accomplished player in all formats for England - won the toss and elected to field.
It looked like being a superb decision when England slumped to 48-4 as Niall McDarby (6-50 off 9.4 overs) ripped through the top order.
A 112-run partnership between Rory Hamilton-Brown (55) and Ben Wright (50) stabilised things for England and although Morgan (1-18 off six overs) chipped in with a wicket of his own, they looked comfortable.
The last four wickets fell for just four runs though, as McDarby finished well and England were bowled out for 214.
Ireland made a disastrous start to their innings when opener Richard Stirling departed for a duck before Morgan (25) linked up with Fintan McAllister (28) for a 62-run stand.
Gary Wilson (69) was next to the crease and the underdogs pushed to 141-4 and 180-5 in their chase as they put the pressure on England.
The wicket of Wilson - snared by Huw Waters (2-41 off nine) - proved crucial though and two quick scalps to Steven Mullaney (3-33 off 10) forced the match to a thrilling conclusion.
Just 12 runs away from victory, Ireland lost their ninth wicket as Gavin McKenna (four) was run out before Mullaney bowled Greg Thompson (14) with the last ball of the match as Ireland were dismissed for 210.
McDarby was deservedly awarded the man-of-the-match but his efforts were in vain as England finished strongly and claimed an exciting four-run victory.