DUBLIN, (Reuters) – Eoin Morgan led England to victory over his native Ireland in his first match as captain of his adopted country on Thursday in a rain-affected 50 overs match.
Man-of-the-match Morgan scored 59 in England’s 201 for eight while Jonathan Trott collected 69.
Ireland, who defeated England in their last one-day match at the World Cup this year, replied with 117 for eight to lose by 11 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
England fielded a fledgling side after completing a series whitewash over India at the Oval on Monday. Only Morgan and Ravi Bopara, who replaced the injured Trott, played in the fourth test.
Kevin O’Brien, whose 113 from 63 balls propelled Ireland to victory in Bangalore, hit consecutive sixes off debutant leg-spinner Scott Borthwick but his dismissal for 26 spelt the end of Irish hopes of another upset.