England vs Ireland 3rd ODI: Ireland upset England after Stirling, Balbrine hit ton

The Royal London series culminated in a mouthwatering clash that saw Ireland eclipse defending world champions by seven wickets at Southampton.

Vice-captain Paul Stirling registered his maiden century against the Three Lions to propel Ireland to a comprehensive victory. Stirling hit his 9th overall ODI ton and against eight different sides. With the win, Ireland also earns 10 points, that will be extremely crucial for their World Cup qualification process.

Balbrine on the other ended complimented his compatriot with a steely knock of 113. Tector and Kevin O’Brien shouldered the responsibility of seeing the match through as they churned out a win from a fixture that went all the way down to the wire. 

Earlier, for England, skipper Eoin Morgan looked in blistering form as he registered a quickfire 84 balls 106 to propel England to a total of 328.

David Willey, who put up a stellar display with the ball earlier in the series also contributed with the willow with a steely knock of 51. Youngster Tom Banton also picked up his maiden half-century as England gave Ireland a target of 329 for win.

For Ireland, Young took three wickets while the duo of Campher and Little shared two wicket each. Despite the match being a dead-rubber, Ireland will now return with 10 crucial points from the win, in a bid to promote their cause in the newly introduced World Cup Super League.