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Tim Murtagh lands into the dreamland of Lord’s Honours Board

Tim Murtagh claimed a 5-wicket haul to make his name written in Lord’s Honours Board in Ireland’s first ever test.

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Tim Murtagh lands into the dreamland of Lord’s Honours Board
Tim Murtagh raising the ball after his impressive bowling in Lord's. Photo: Action Images

At the age of 37, he might not be in quest for many more windows to open to the Home of Cricket; so Tim Murtagh just landed where it matters most! Right into the Honours Board at Lord’s.

And in merely ten days apart from the maiden World Cup glory, England were dragged down to earth recording their lowest Test innings total at this ground in hundred years.

Joe Root, who won the toss in the rise of a hot English summer day and decided to bat first, were eventually bowled out by Ireland for 85 in 23.4 overs.

Tim Murtagh, the London born right arm fast bowler, snared five for 13 in his first and only spell of nine overs at a staggering economy rate of 1.44.

Mark Adair and Boyd Rankin collected the rest five with Adair taking 3 sparing 32.

The supposed dress rehearsal for the Ashes turned into a nightmare for Joe Root and co., Irish batsmen stood tall to compile 207 runs leaving England behind a 122 runs deficit in their first innings which the home team might find it difficult to combat.

England’s 127 minute innings saw eight batsmen fallen apart before touching the double figure; Joe Denly topped the rest three with 23 (28 balls).

Murtagh spoke out after the fairy tale finish of the first day, told how the dreams came true for the Middlesex man.

“It’s just a dream to perform like that and to have my name up there on the honours board”, he said, “To be honest I didn’t think I’d be on the away board when I first started playing, but I’ll take it wherever it goes.”

He played underage cricket for London, depicted being in the Honours board of Lord’s is the thought he cherished since the childhood.

“Growing up as a kid I dreamed of being on the honours board at Lord’s,” Murtagh said, “probably not in that particular dressing room, but the way it’s worked out probably makes it a bit more special now. Walking off at lunch was as good a feeling as I’ve had in my career.”

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