‘Midsummer Murtagh’: Cricket fans overjoyed as Ireland demolish England’s world champions in first innings

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Mark Adair of Ireland appeals successfully for the wicket of Joe Root on review. Pic: INPHO/Alex Davidson

Cricket fans are overjoyed as Ireland demolished England in the first innings of their historic Test match at Lord’s.

On the first morning of their four-day clash against the recently crowned World Cup champions, Ireland tore through the entire England batting order in just over two hours.

Ireland have played just two Test matches since gaining top-class status in 2017 – losing to Pakistan and Afghanistan – but led by 37-year-old seamer Tim Murtagh, they skittled England for 85 runs.

Murtagh took five wickets for just 13 runs in his nine overs, while debutant Mark Adair (three wickets) and Boyd Rankin (two wickets) finished off the England batting order.

'Midsummer Murtagh': Cricket fans overjoyed as Ireland demolish England's world champions in first innings
Tim Murtagh of Ireland celebrates the wicket of Jonny Bairstow. Pic: INPHO/Alex Davidson

Only three batsmen reached double figures for England, while the five World Cup winners on show mustered just seven runs between them.

“I’m not quite sure what’s happened there the last two hours,” said a delighted Murtagh on Sky Sports after receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.

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