England made short work of Ireland in the second innings at Lord’s to deny the visitors a famous victory in the inaugural Test match between the sides.
Ireland had been on top for most of the game but were skittled for just 38 in the opening session of the third day to fall 143 runs short of their target.
The hosts were shellshocked by the Irish on day one and were all out for just 85 thanks to five wickets from County Cricket veteran Tim Murtagh.
They managed to achieved a solid first innings lead after scoring 207 in their reply but England were back to face Murtagh by the end of the opening day.
Nightwatchman Jack Leach top scored in the match with 92 as Joe Root’s side collapsed from 171-1 to 303 all out.
Ireland were left chasing 182 to record a famous Test victory over England. Chasing down the runs was not expected to be an easy task, particularly given the dominance of ball over bat throughout the game to date.
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But for Ireland the opportunity was huge – a chance to knock off their nearest neighbours at the home of cricket on just their third appearance on the Test stage.
It was not to be as Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes made light work of their batting line up.
Woakes took 6-17 and Broad 4-19 as they slumped to 38 all out – the lowest total scored in a Test match at Lord’s.
In the end the visitors were finished off with embarrassing ease but their third appearance on the Test stage was nothing to be ashamed of when viewed as a whole and they have done plenty to warrant further opportunities in a format that was shielded from them for too long.