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Published: 15:55 | 23/6/16

Ireland to meet England in ODI series


Ireland are to face England in an historic One-Day International series next year.

The two sides will meet for the first time on English soil when they face off in Bristol on Friday, May 5 before renewing rivalry at Lord's two days later.

The game at Lord's will be Ireland's first ever ODI at the Home of Cricket and captain William Porterfield believes it is a massive boost to cricket in Ireland .

"It's absolutely massive for us to have the opportunity to play against England in a series. What makes it extra special is the fact that one of the games is at Lord's - where every cricketer dreams of playing," said Ireland captain William Porterfield.

"Teams travelling to play England are also coming over here now to play series too so hopefully that trend will continue. We are getting more and more international fixtures with games against Pakistan, Afghanistan, Australia and South Africa still to come this year, and England, Bangladesh and New Zealand confirmed already for next year."

Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom welcomed the series adding: “We would like to extend our sincere thanks to ECB for their support in bringing this series to fruition and, in particular, giving us the opportunity to play a two-match series in England for the first time. Rounding the series off at Lord's will, of course, make this truly memorable for everyone involved.

"We have set out our stall to make cricket a mainstream sport in Ireland and perhaps one measure of that is for the Blarney Army, whether living in Ireland or England, to arrive in their thousands to paint the Home of Cricket green in front of a worldwide TV audience.

"It’s a real chance for Irish cricket to prove itself a worthy addition to the sport’s economy as well as its competitive elite.”

England have won five of their seven ODI meetings with Ireland, although Ireland sprang a surprise when they defeated their neighbours at the 2011 World Cup.

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