<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">England</a>'s <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/jack-leach" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jack Leach</a> may be playing his first Test at home but soaring temperatures in Britain meant his father missed out on seeing the nightwatchman make a career-best 92 against Ireland at Lord's on Thursday. <p></p> <p></p>Few would have expected much in the way of batting heroics from left-arm spinner Leach when he resumed on nought not out after being sent in as an emergency opener for one over late on Wednesday's first day. <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">SCORECARD: ENGLAND vs IRELAND</a> <p></p> <p></p>But Leach, belying a first-class record that contained just two prior half-centuries in 108 attempts and an average just under 11, proceeded to bat for over three-and-a-half hours before England <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/england-vs-ireland-test-england-collapse-after-nightwatchman-jack-leachs-92-at-lords-872194" target="_blank" rel="noopener">reached stumps on 303/9</a> in their second innings, a lead of 181 runs. <p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p></p><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Well batted <a href="https://twitter.com/jackleach1991?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jackleach1991</a> - A magnificent 92.</p> <p></p>In-play clips:<a href="https://t.co/dGVFMkqZ90">https://t.co/dGVFMkqZ90</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EngvIre?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EngvIre</a> <a href="https://t.co/rdKaQxT7RD">pic.twitter.com/rdKaQxT7RD</a> <p></p> <p></p> England Cricket (@englandcricket) <a href="https://twitter.com/englandcricket/status/1154396169730252805?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 25, 2019</a></blockquote> <p></p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p></p> <p></p>Leach, explaining how his father Simon had missed being among a sweltering crowd at 'the home of cricket,' told reporters: "He was going to come but he saw the weather forecast and said it was too hot. I don't think it would have been a good place for him to be today, he could have died! I think it was best he stayed at home in the cool. <p></p> <p></p>"I gave him my house key and he went over so he's literally been at mine watching the whole time. I'll catch up with him later on." <p></p> <p></p>Leach and Test debutant <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jason-roy/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jason Roy</a>, who made 72, shared a second-wicket partnership of 145. <p></p> <p></p>But neither was able to reach the coveted three-figure mark, with Leach eventually edging veteran seamer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/tim-murtagh/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tim Murtagh</a> - who took 5-13 in England's <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" target="_blank" rel="noopener">woeful first-innings 85 all out</a> - to second slip. <p></p> <p></p>Ireland's pacemen then took seven wickets for 77 runs to leave the four-day match in the balance. <p></p> <p></p>"I know now that the nervous 90s are definitely a thing," said Leach. "You think 'I'm only two shots away' and I was having some weird thoughts. I was trying to tell myself not to think about it which kind of made me think about it. <p></p> <p></p>"I can't believe it really. I just went out to try and do a job for the team I guess and try and soak up some balls. It probably went a little bit further than I thought it would."