Willey and Billings help England survive fear of Ireland in second ODI | sport


Just as the sun was starting to set and the spotlight was no longer completely out of place, the series came to life for a while. England were chasing what is often considered a paltry target in modern play, 213. They were 131 for three and Jonny Bairstow was wreaking havoc. Having tied the fastest 50 by an Englishman – out of 21 balls – there was still a possibility he could post a hundred at record speed. Whereupon an unlikely intervention came from Josh Little, the animated left arm paceman, not selected for the first game.Few had been beaten mercilessly by Bairstow in his first spell and more of the same was on the cards in his second after two consecutive dismissive drives. His gaze was up and when Bairstow turned once more there was an advantage for the keeper; Few would have had a word judging by the way Bairstow turned as he made his way to the lodge.


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