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Cricket news - England wobble after Morgan ton, but reach 328

Eoin Morgan celebrating his 14th One Day International century

Eoin Morgan celebrating his 14th One Day International century

Eoin Morgan's blazing hundred powered England to a substantial 328 in the third and final ODI of the series versus Ireland. David Willey (51) and Tom Banton (58) also made useful contributions.

The visitors, who elected to bowl, started on the right note when Craig Young found a hint of shape away from the right-handed Jason Roy to produce the outside edge, with Andy Balbirnie pouching the catch in the slip cordon. Mark Adair, returning from an injury, then castled Jonny Bairstow. However, despite losing the openers, England stuck to their tried and tested mantra of playing with an aggressive intent.

Morgan led from the front by cracking a flurry of shots including pulls, drives and lofts. Banton, who strode out to the middle at the fall of James Vince's wicket gave Morgan the required support, as the pair shared a timely 146-run stand in just over 18 overs. Banton and Morgan also crossed their respective milestones - fifty and hundred. Incidentally, Morgan reached the landmark in style with a six and a four. Eventually, Morgan fell to Joshua Little, with Harry Tector taking the catch at backward point.

Morgan's wicket also opened the gates for Ireland to make further dents, with Banton and Moeen Ali falling in quick succession. Sam Billings, who has been in good form in the series, also fell cheaply. With the score reading 216 for 7, Willey and Tom Curran then propped up the home side. Willey even tonked a one-handed hit over deep backward square leg off Adair, and soon reached his fifty with a six off Andy McBrine. Once Willey fell to Curtis Campher, Curran took over by crunching a few boundaries to take the home team well past the 300-run mark.

For the visitors, Young, Little and the impressive Campher shared seven spoils between them. Balbirine also showed good tactical nous as the captain.

Brief scores: England 328 in 49.5 overs (Eoin Morgan 106, Tom Banton 58; Craig Young 3-53) vs Ireland.

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