Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of the last match of England’s international summer, a third ODI against Ireland from Bristol undertaken by Zak Crawley’s irregulars, most of whom, save for the captain, seized a rare opportunity to shine by putting England 1-0 up in the series on Saturday.
Sam Hain, Will Jacks and Ben Duckett all confirmed their class with the bat and Rehan Ahmed, for whom white-ball cricket still seems his strongest suit, with the ball, taking four for 54. George Scrimshaw also chipped in with three wickets and Matt Potts two.
Ireland have won the toss and put England in to bat, hoping that George Dockrell can continue his goof form with the ball. Zak Crawley announces that he is happy as he would have had a bat, too. England bring in Luke Wood for Scrimsaw and Ireland select Theo van Woerkom instead of Andy McBrine.
Play commences at 12.30pm and, although there are dark clouds on the Met Office app later in the afternoon, the radar gives us hope that they will bypass the County Ground.