Campher's 68 propels Ireland to respectable total
For the second time in succession, Curtis Campher held Ireland's innings together to help the visitors reach a respectable total of 212/9 in the second game of the ODI series versus England in Southampton. David Willey, Saqib Mahmood and Adil Rashid were the chief wicket-takers for the home side.
The tourists, who opted to bat, found themselves in a precarious position. Willey continued his good form by generating swing with the new ball, and was rewarded with the scalp of Gareth Delany. He also removed Paul Stirling by inducing the opener to drive, with Tom Banton completing a fine catch. To make matters worse, Andy Balbirnie, the Ireland skipper, got out to a soft dismissal, with James Vince taking his maiden ODI scalp.
Adil Rashid then bowled a peach of a googly to castle Kevin O'Brien. At that stage, the duo of Harry Tector and Lorcan Tucker shared a timely partnership of 34. Tector also decided to play with freedom against Vince's medium pace by lofting him straight down the ground for a boundary. Just when the pair looked set to share a partnership of substance, Tector tried to loft Rashid, but only succeeded in spooning a catch to the fielder stationed at mid-on. Rashid made a further dent when he sent Tucker back to the hut, and became the first England spinner to pick 150 ODI wickets.
With the visitors six down, Campher resurrected Ireland's innings with a neatly-packed 68. He showcased a good range of shots, pulling, lofting and even reverse-scooping the opposition bowlers. Campher also kept the scorecard ticking over with a diet of singles and twos. He also stitched useful stands of 60 and 56 with Simi Singh and Andy McBrine to pilot the visitors past the 200-run mark, before he eventually fell to Saqib Mahmood in the penultimate over.
Brief scores: Ireland 212/9 (Curtis Campher 68; Adil Rashid 3-34, Saqib Mahmood 2-45) v England.