[caption id="attachment_872107" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-872107" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jack-Leach-Jason-Roy_AFP-1.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="336" /> Jack Leach and Jason Roy brought up their maiden Test fifties. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Jack Leach and Jason Roy both scored their maiden Test fifties as <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">England</a> fought back against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/ireland/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ireland</a> at Lord's on Thursday. <p></p> <p></p>England were 122 for one in their second innings at lunch on the second day, having drawn level after conceding a first-innings deficit of 122. <p></p> <p></p>Leach, primarily a left-arm spinner but sent in as a nightwatchman opener on Wednesday, was 60 not out -- the first time he had reached double figures in first-class cricket this season -- and Test debutant Roy was unbeaten on 52. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/ireland-in-england-2019-201008/live-scores/england-vs-ireland-one-off-test-match-187168-summary.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LIVE SCORECARD: ENGLAND vs IRELAND</a> <p></p> <p></p>Their unbroken partnership is so far worth 96 runs after they came together at 26-1 following the dismissal of Rory Burns, Roy's Surrey teammate. <p></p> <p></p>In contrast to their woeful Wednesday morning, when they were bowled out for 85 after winning the toss, with seamer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/tim-murtagh/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tim Murtagh</a> taking 5-13 on his Middlesex home ground, England got through Thursday's first session for the loss of just Burns's wicket. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/lets-be-honest-its-an-embarrassment-michael-vaughan-slams-england-after-85-all-out-against-ireland-872049">Let's be honest, it's an embarrassment: Michael Vaughan slams England after 85 all out against Ireland</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>England resumed on their overnight 0-0 after Ireland had made 207, featuring Andrew Balbirnie's 55, in the visitors' first Test match against England and only their third in total. <p></p> <p></p>The one-off fixture was scheduled to last four days, rather than the standard five for a Test, and England had to hope they could tire Ireland's attack by keeping them in the field on another hot day in north London. <p></p> <p></p>But to do that, they would have to bat far better than on Wednesday, when they were bowled out in a single session for the fourth time since 2016 -- a worrying sign ahead of an Ashes series that starts next week. <p></p> <p></p>Leach, who somehow survived a Murtagh maiden on Wednesday, played watchfully straight. <p></p> <p></p>And when fast bowler Boyd Rankin, the first cricketer since the Nawab of Pataudi in 1946 to both play for and against England in a Test match, dropped short, Leach cut him for four. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/england-vs-ireland-test-ireland-take-lead-after-tim-murtagh-helps-skittle-england-for-85-at-lords-871899">Ireland take lead after Tim Murtagh helps skittle England for 85 at Lord's</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Burns, selected as an opening batsman, looked the more likely to be dismissed and, for the second time in the match, the Surrey left-hander fell for six when he pushed hard at Rankin away from his body and edged a simple catch behind to wicketkeeper Gary Wilson. <p></p> <p></p>Leach, however, carried on and when he off-drove Mark Adair for three he went to 25 -- more than any England batsman managed in the first innings of this match. <p></p> <p></p>Roy, looking to make England's problem position of Test opener his own after starring in England's World Cup triumph, off-drove a four off paceman Adair and hoisted off-spinner Andy McBrine for six. <p></p> <p></p>Leach went to 47 with a straight-driven four off Stuart Thompson before his edged boundary through third man off the medium-pacer saw him to an 82-ball fifty featuring eight fours. <p></p> <p></p>It was a fine effort by Leach, playing his fifth Test but first on home soil, given his previous highest score at this level was 16 against New Zealand in Christchurch last year. <p></p> <p></p>And when Roy cut Thompson to the point fence, he completed a 47-ball fifty including seven fours and a six.