Ireland cricketers poised for historic first England victory on home soil

Kevin O'Brien in action

Kevin O’Brien in action

Ireland all-rounder Kevin O’Brien is relishing the prospect of taking on England in front of a capacity home crowd at Malahide this Friday 8 May, where 10,000 fans are anticipated for the Royal London One-Day International.
O’Brien was speaking ahead of this weekend’s eagerly awaited ODI, as the team ramp up their preparations ahead of the season opener, and he’s looking forward to a huge home support: “The importance of a big vocal crowd getting behind the team can’t be stated enough. We played England here at the same venue in 2013, and the crowd that day were immense – how great would it be to get a win in front of a crowd like that?”

He urged fans to be part of the 10,000 and make sure they don’t miss out on one of the biggest sporting events of the summer: “Having missed out against England two years ago after being in such a strong position, the boys are really up for this one and we’re confident we can get a win here; I’d urge all fans to get their tickets to avoid disappointment.”

Off-field preparations for the match are almost complete to accommodate the 10,000 fans at the north Dublin venue. With a 50ft big screen, the Royal London Cricket Ireland Village, live music and a chance to have a go at Ireland’s fastest growing sport, this is more than just a match with entertainment to cater for sports fans, groups of friends and all of the family.
First chance to meet Irish World Cup heroes

Jon Glen Managing Director of Royal London in Ireland commented: “It’s fantastic for the Irish team that their excellent performances in the World Cup are being recognised by such large numbers coming out to cheer them on in Malahide this Friday. Royal London is delighted to sponsor this much anticipated one day international, in what promises to be another great day in one of the strongest sporting rivalries in the world, in Ireland versus England.”

Ticket sales for the marquee fixture have been extremely strong, and the match is well on course for another sell-out as Ireland fans prepare to give the Boys in Green a big welcome home in what will be their first fixture since the recent World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Fans are urged to secure their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Final tickets for the Royal London One-Day International are available to purchase on here and from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Taylor will lead England XI

Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor has been named as England captain this Friday in Malahide. Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn bring experience to the squad with well over 100 ODI appearances between them, while Lewis Gregory, Zafar Ansari, Sam Billings, James Vince and David Willey are all included and could make their first appearance for England on May 8th.

An experienced Ireland team will once again be led by William Porterfield. After the recent departure of coach Phil Simmonds Ireland will also publicly unveil his replacement – John Bracewell in Malahide. The Kiwi, who was formerly with Gloucestershire, will take over after Friday’s ODI.

England Squad: James Taylor – Captain (Nottinghamshire), Zafar Ansari (Surrey), Jonathan Bairstow – WK (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Northamptonshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Mark Wood (Durham).