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England lose early wickets
England are struggling after losing four early wickets in their pursuit of 270 in the RSA Challenge one-day international against Ireland in Dublin.
The hosts, bidding to repeat their famous 2011 World Cup win over their neighbours, gained the upper hand after a superb hundred from captain William Porterfield and then cut through England's top order.
Tim Murtagh struck twice in an over and again soon after while Trent Johnston also claimed an early victim as England slipped to 48 for four inside 15 overs at Malahide.
Much rested on Eoin Morgan, England's Irish-born captain who was playing on his home ground, and Ravi Bopara as the visitors attempted to dig themselves out of trouble.
England's decision to rest a number of their star names after the exertions of an Ashes summer had met with some consternation in Ireland.
The selection of two former Ireland internationals in Morgan and debutant Boyd Rankin added to the sense of antagonism.
But a large crowd - although probably a little short of the anticipated 10,000 - thoroughly enjoyed the home side's performance.
Porterfield led from the front with his 142-ball 112, his sixth ODI hundred.
Overcoming his poor form for Warwickshire this summer, he struck 14 fours and a six before becoming one of four victims for Rankin, who was the only one of England's three debutants to shine.
It was not a day for another making his first ODI appearance, Michael Carberry, to remember.
The Hampshire batsman dropped two regulation catches in the deep, including one off Porterfield on 85, and then fell early in the reply.
Rankin overcame an initially wayward start - his second delivery went for four wides - to finish with four for 46.
England's reply began poorly as Carberry was trapped leg before by Johnston for 10 in the fourth over.
Luke Wright had a lucky escape when Murtagh had a strong lbw appeal turned down.
But the reprieve was only temporary as Murtagh forced Wright to chop on to his own stumps in the ninth over.
Two balls later Gary Ballance was unable to get his bat out of the way of a ball he attempted to leave and was caught behind.
James Taylor looked composed for his 25 but his dismissal, clean bowled by Murtagh in the 15th over, left England in trouble.