LONDON – Ireland's dream of pulling off one of the biggest shocks in the history of test cricket by beating England at Lord's was shattered as they collapsed to 38 all out to lose by 143 runs on Friday.
On a murky morning, Ireland made a dream start when Stuart Thompson ended England's second innings on 303 with the first ball of the day, clean bowling Olly Stone to leave themselves two days to knock off 182 runs.
After a rain delay they began the chase in encouraging fashion, reaching 11 without loss, but the wheels fell off in spectacular fashion as they posted the lowest ever test total at Lord's, capitulating in 15.4 overs.
Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad took cruel advantage of optimum bowling conditions to take all the wickets.
Woakes put Ireland out of their misery, knocking back Tim Murtagh's leg stump to finish with the spectacular figures of six wickets for 17 with Broad taking four for 19.