England finished the second day of the test match at Lord's on 303 for 9 in their second innings, a lead of 181, after a tremendous fightback by Ireland took eight English wickets for just 122 runs.
England, at one point, were 171 for 1 with nightwatchman Jack Leach and opener Jason Roy taking England from an overnight deficit of 122 to a lead of 49.
But when Roy fell for 72, bowled by Stuart Thompson, England began to wobble and Ireland will be more than happy to have finished the day needing to take just one English wicket in the morning before batting in their second innings
Ireland had early success this morning when opener Rory Burns departed with the score on 26. He was caught behind by Gary Wilson off the bowling of Boyd Rankin, but Leach and Roy began to build the England innings
Thompson, though, was rewarded for a decent bowling spell when he bowled Roy and Ireland began to eat in the England batting line up.
After Roy departed Leach was dropped on 72 by wicket keeper Gary Wilson off the bowling of Boyd Rankin, a real shocker by Wilson who had kept so well during the England first innings
Mark Adair also dropped him in the slips off Tim Murtagh's bowling on 92, but three balls later Adair clung on and the nightwatchman had to depart with the score on 182 for 3, with England leading by 60 runs
That lead went out to 72 before Joe Denley was run out, a bad mix up between him and captain Joe Root, and then Jonny Bairstow was trapped in front LBW by Mark Adair for nought.
Moeen Ali's recent poor form continued when he was caught behind for 9, Boyd Rankins's second wicket, which left England on 219 for 6 .
Wilson then made up for his horror drop with a brilliant catch to get rid of the England captain Joe Root for 31 off the bowling of Mark Adair who then sent Chris Woakes back for 13 with England 8 down.
After a flurry of wickets,a quick fire 37 from Sam Curran pushed England past the 150 lead and Stuart Broads late runs (20 not out) could be crucial when Ireland finally get to bat.
Play was ended early by the umpires due to thunder, lightning, and rain on the hottest of the hottest days in London as temperatures topped 38 degrees
Ireland will be back in the morning hoping to quickly get rid of the final English wicket before batting and looking to chase down what would be a truly historic win at the home of cricket.