England are washed-out in Ireland

A general view of the Royal London trophy during the One Day International at The Village, Dublin
A general view of the Royal London trophy during the One Day International at The Village, Dublin

Five England debutants had a short-lived one-day international baptism in Dublin, where only 17.2 overs were possible because of rain on Friday.

James Taylor marked his first match as captain by winning the toss, but the rain swept in with Ireland on 56 for four.

A dispiriting forecast proved very accurate, and there was never any chance of resumption before a 3pm abandonment.

But there was time at least for a maiden wicket each for Mark Wood and David Willey.

The hosts lost Paul Stirling first, run out by a direct hit from wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, as the opener failed to make it to the non-striker’s end for a leg-bye single.

Captain William Porterfield then chopped on to the pace of Wood, and Niall O’Brien edged Tim Bresnan to James Vince at first slip.

Andrew Balbirnie went to drive left-armer Willey but was very well held at second slip by Jason Roy, also a debutant in this format.

Play had continued through half an hour of rain.

It became too heavy, though, and did not relent into the afternoon, and Malahide was deserted by the near 10,000 sell-out crowd before the inevitable confirmation that there would be no further play.

Meanwhile, Cricket Ireland have offered fans who attended the abandoned International at Malahide a choice of complimentary tickets.

Supporters can attend either the ICC World Twenty20 Cup Qualifiers weekend at Malahide at the end of July, or the three match T20 series against Scotland at Bready in mid-June.