July 24, 2019 / 4:12 PM / a month ago

Cricket: Ireland build lead after England dismissed for 85

Cricket - Test Match - England v Ireland - Lord's Cricket Ground, London, Britain - July 24, 2019 Ireland's Tim Murtagh celebrates taking the wicket of England's Moeen Ali Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

LONDON (Reuters) - Ireland were in a dominant position at tea on the first day of their four-day test against England at Lord’s after bowling the hosts out for 85 and then reaching 127-2 in reply on Wednesday.

In a dream start to their first test match against England, Tim Murtagh took five for 13 as England were bowled out before lunch in a Lord’s test for the first time.

Sam Curran took two wickets after the break to make inroads into the Ireland order but Andy Balbirnie and Paul Stirling shared an unbeaten third-wicket partnership to put the visitors in an unexpected position of strength.

They lead by 42 runs with Balbirnie on 51 and Stirling on 35.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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