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Hampshire star Carberry has a debut to forget
8:23pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Sport
HAMPSHIRE’S Michael Carberry had a luckless debut in England’s ODI win over Ireland in Dublin.
The Hampshire batsman dropped two regulation catches in the deep and saw his one over of bowling go for 12 runs as the hosts amassed 269-7.
And Carberry’s day got no better with the bat as he was dismissed for just ten as England’s reply got off to a stuttering start.
Fortunately, a record-breaking stand of 226 between Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara saw England win the match by six wickets with seven overs to spare.
Earlier Ireland’s score had been based around a fine century by their captain William Porterfield, who eventually became one of four victims for Boyd Rankin.
Porterfield hit a 142-ball 112, his sixth ODI hundred.
Overcoming his poor form for Warwickshire this summer, he struck 14 fours and a six before falling to Rankin, who was the only one of England’s three debutants to shine.
And when Tim Murtagh then took three early England wickets, Ireland’s hopes of repeating their famous 2011 World Cup win over their neighbours were high.
But although the hosts continued to look much sharper in the field than under-strength England had done, the experience of Morgan and Bopara – making amends for falling short in the Champions Trophy final in June and reaching his highest ODI score – shone through. Morgan ended unbeaten on 124 after hitting eight fours and four sixes and Bopara finished in a hurry, reaching 101 after 10 fours and five sixes. It was a world record fifth-wicket partnership in one-day international cricket.
England captain Eoin Morgan was particularly pleased to make a return to form.
“Today has been magnificent to get time in middle, runs under my belt and to contribute to an England win,” he said.
“Time in the middle as a batsman is crucial going into big series.
“Today I felt I was pretty good.
“I was definitely more nervous in the changing-room than I was in the middle.
“The wicket was tough and challenging. It was a challenge with ball and bat.”
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