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Kent Cricket's Sam Billings guides England to victory in second ODI against Ireland

Sam Billings helped see England home to victory against Ireland with another unbeaten knock.

Days after a career-best one-day international score of 67 not-out in England’s first match victory the Kent skipper once again produced a mature innings in a four-wicket win on Saturday.

Kent's Sam Billings produced another impressive ODI performance for England Picture: Ady Kerry
Kent's Sam Billings produced another impressive ODI performance for England Picture: Ady Kerry

Billings kept his place in the England side, batting at no.5, following his impressive performance as replacement for county team-mate Joe Denly in the first ODI.

Ireland chose to bat at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and England were left chasing 213 for victory.

Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow was the main man with the bat, hitting a quickfire 82, off just 41 balls. He made his half century off just 21 deliveries, equalling Eoin Morgan’s record for England’s fastest one-day international half-century.

England stumbled with Morgan and Moeen Ali both departing for a duck but from 137-6, Billings steered the side back on course.

Kent skipper Billings was only included in the first match - which England won by six wickets - because of a back injury to Denly, but he was once again there at the end, along with David Willey in a 79-run partnership, finishing with 41 off 61 balls.

The three-match series concludes on Tuesday with another match in Southampton and Billings is sure to keep his place after two fine performances.

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