Norfolk’s Stone takes first Test wickets after being second top scorer as England crash against Ireland
PUBLISHED: 13:28 24 July 2019 | UPDATED: 17:01 24 July 2019
Norfolk’s Oli Stone was one of the few players to emerge with any credit as England crashed to 85 all out in the one-off Test against Ireland at Lord’s.
The 25-year-old pace bowler from Brundall marked his red ball debut with a bright and breezy 19 on a humiliating morning for Joe Root's side at the home of cricket.
Stone, who came in at 10, was England's second top scorer behind Joe Denley (23) as he hit four fours in a 24-ball knock before being bowled by Mark Adair.
He helped add 27 for the final two wickets with first Sam Curran and then Jack Leach.
England's World Cup honeymoon was gatecrashed in sensational fashion at Lord's on the first morning of the historic Specsavers Test.
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Just 10 days after their greatest achievement in one-day cricket, England were back at the scene of a triumph that has instantly entered sporting folklore but found themselves blown away by their first-time visitors.
The authors of their downfall were an unlikely bunch - 37-year-old seamer Tim Murtagh using all his nous and knowledge to take sensational five for 13, with the other five split between debutant Mark Adair and a man who once wore the Three Lions, Boyd Rankin.
The five World Cup winners on show mustered just seven runs between them.
After lunch Stone was soon into action with the ball and after going for seven in first over had a solid first test spell of 4-1-11-0.
At tea Ireland had reached 127-2, overtaking England's paltry total with eight wickets in hand.
Stone returned for a second spell and wasted no time in taking his first Test wicket, ending the impressive innings of Andy Balburnie as he bowled him for 55.
He quickly followed that up by having Gary Wilson caught by Root for a duck.
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