England wrap us series in clinical fashion
England were tested a little more than they had been in the first game but easily got past Ireland in their second and final ODI winning by 85 runs.
In England's innings Jonny Bairstow starred sparking Lord's into life after a somewhat sedate start to the innings.
Bairstow hit an unbeaten 72 from 44 balls to show that he is in fine nick ahead of the visit of South Africa and the Champions Trophy.
The form of their openers will be of some concern to England with the normally hyper-aggressive pair of Alex Hales (32) and Jason Roy (20) looking a little out of sorts.
Joe Root and Eoin Morgan played text book ODI middle order innings consolidating after Barry McCarthy removed Hales to bring the pair together before accelerating towards the back end.
Morgan would top score with 76 while Root (73) added another handy innings to the unbeaten 49 he played in the first match
To their credit Ireland bowled well in the first half of the innings giving the English batsmen little in the way of bad balls.
McCarthy (2/61) was the pick of the bowlers despite taking some punishment late on.
Ireland's rock, skipper William Porterfield, looked like he may give Ireland a shot at a late run at England with a well crafted 82 off 83 balls after Paul Stirling (48) got the Irish off to a flyer.
While Liam Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 23 Test skipper Joe Root took career best figures of 3 for 52 bettering the 2 for 9 he took in the opener in Bristol.
Jake Ball picked up the crucial wicket of Stirling and Mark Wood ended the Irish hopes of a stunning chase when he castled Porterfield in the 41st over.
George Dockrell showed he was no mug hitting 28 off 30 balls before Wood bowled him to wrap up the innings.
Reece Topley ‘undercooked’ as England prepare for World Cup opener
The seamer and his team-mates have seen limited action since arriving in India ahead of their first clash against New Zealand on Thursday.
A look at changing nature of international calendar ahead of Cricket World Cup
England have played fewer ODIs heading into this tournament than for any World Cup in almost 30 years.
England complete World Cup preparations with rain-affected win over Bangladesh
England start the defence of their World Cup trophy against New Zealand on Thursday.
Jos Buttler will let England’s white-ball legacy be decided by others
Eight members from the class of 2019 are in England’s 15-strong squad for the defence of their 50-over crown in India, which starts this week.
5 players to watch at the Cricket World Cup in India
England take on New Zealand in Thursday’s tournament opener.
Can England defend their crown? – World Cup talking points
The tournament takes place in India.
Middlesex relegated from Division One as Kent survive on dramatic final day
Middlesex fell just short of the victory they needed at Nottinghamshire to stay up instead of Kent.
England captain Jos Buttler believes India are favourites for World Cup
The last three editions of the Cricket World Cup – India in 2011, Australia in 2015 and England in 2019 – have been won by the host nation.
Surrey retain County Championship title after Essex batting collapse
The holders have been crowned champions for the 21st time.
Geoffrey Boycott: Everybody in Newcastle hates Mike Ashley amid Headingley links
The PA news agency understands the Frasers Group, where Ashley is chief executive, is one of the parties interested in purchasing Headingley.