Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad blow away Ireland’s top order as England close in on victory at Lord’s
- England were bowled out for 303 in their second innings by Ireland on day three
- After setting Ireland just 182 to win Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad took charge
- They ripped through the Irish top order with Woakes claiming five wickets
Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad led the fightback as England reduced Ireland to 36 for eight after setting them just 182 to win the historic Test match at Lord’s.
Olly Stone was bowled by the first ball of the day as Joe Root’s men were dismissed in their second innings for 303.
But with just a modest target between them and a maiden Test win at the home of cricket, Ireland’s batsmen collapsed against the new ball.
Chris Woakes celebrates the wicket of Ireland’s Paul Stirling during day three at Lord’s
Stuart Broad was among the wickets after having Andy Balbirnie caught at slip
Captain William Porterfield was the first to go, caught behind by Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Woakes.
Stuart Broad then bowled first innings half-centurion Andrew Balbirnie.
Woakes claimed another three, including wicketkeeper Gary Wilson lbw on review before Broad had dangerman Kevin O’Brien trapped in front for just four.
Broad took his third wicket by bowling Mark Adair for eight.
The dramatic start to the third morning followed what has been a Test match of thrilling twists and turns.
England were bowled out for just 85 on day one on their return to the scene of their World Cup victory over New Zealand this month.
Ireland then made 207 before nightwatchman Jack Leach spearheaded England’s reply.
He hit 92 and Jason Roy 72 before the hosts collapsed from 171 for one to 194 for five.
Woakes is congratulated after taking one of three early wickets as Ireland collapsed
Paul Sterling trudges off after being bowled for a second-ball duck by Woakes on Friday
Play was delayed on Friday as rain fell after Ireland began their attempt to chase 182