Ben Duckett hits unbeaten century for England in opposition to Eire earlier than ODI is deserted

Ben Duckett hits unbeaten century for England against Ireland before ODI is abandoned


England 280-4 (31 overs): Duckett 107*, Salt, Crawley
Ireland: Did not bat
Match abandoned, England win the series 1-0

Ben Duckett made an unbeaten century but England were denied the chance to post a mammoth total against Ireland as the third one-day international was abandoned because of rain.

Duckett was 107 not out off 78 balls as England reached 280-4 off 31 overs at the County Ground before heavy rain curtailed play at 14:48 BST.

The umpires decided at 15:21 no further play would be possible.

England captain Zak Crawley and opener Phil Salt had earlier hit fifties.

The first ODI of the series at Headingley was washed out without a ball being bowled, meaning England’s 48-run win at Trent Bridge in the second match has given them a 1-0 series win.

It was a little surprising to see the match called off so abruptly, given just over half an hour had elapsed between the players going off and the decision to abandon the match.

Strong wind hampered the efforts of groundstaff to cover…