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[Watch] Matthew Potts Killer Delivery Knocks Over Paul Stirling

image-lmw6l165Matthew Potts celebrates maiden ODI wicket by removing Paul Stirling (Twitter)

Matthew Potts’ return to ODI cricket coincided with Derbyshire zealot George Scrimshaw’s international debut. The two English pacers celebrated the occasion by sharing the new ball against Ireland in the second match of their three-game series in Nottingham.

As it turned out, both fast bowlers struck in successive deliveries within the powerplay to remove the two well-set Irish openers. In doing so, Potts and Scrimshaw also ended up bagging the first-ever wickets of their respective ODI careers.

Potts, Scrimshaw undo Ireland’s all-guns blazing start

Hosts England charted up a colossal 334-8 off their 50 overs upfront in Nottingham’s Trent Bridge. In a bid to keep up with a daunting required rate, Ireland openers Andy Balbirnie and captain Paul Stirling launched an all-out attack at the top as the visitors raced to 46 in just the first 23 deliveries of their run-chase.

The two Irish veterans tore apart England’s inexperienced new-ball attack, and brought down the required rate from 6.70 to 6.25 in a space of four overs.

However, England’s international debutant George Scrimshaw got his side a much-needed breakthrough at the end of the fourth over by dismissing Balbirnie at run-a-ball 14. The wicket also marked the first international scalp for the Derbyshire pacer.

The very next ball, six-Test old Matthew Potts pocketed the first wicket of his ODI career by disturbing Ireland captain Paul Stirling’s woodwork. The Durham-based cricketer is playing only his second ODI match for England, and his first in more than a year.

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Matthew Potts also dismissed Ireland’s number three Curtis Campher a while later to reduce the visitors to 69-3 in 8.4 overs.

Earlier in the match, England opener Will Jacks and middle-order batsman Sam Hain listed identical near-century knocks to elevate their side to 334-8.