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McBrine prepared to answer call as Ireland set out to level series

By Ian Callender

Ireland are expected to recall North West Warriors skipper Andy McBrine to the side for today's second one-day international against Sri Lanka at Malahide as they attempt to square the two-match series.

Thursday's game, which the tourists won by 76 runs, was the first since September 2014 - 42 matches ago - that featured neither first choice spinners George Dockrell or McBrine in an Ireland line-up. But the green pitch played much better than anyone expected with little to no seam movement.

As a result, the Sri Lanka batsmen, despite being put into bat, scored 303 for seven and Ireland were on course to chase down the total with just 95 required from the last 11 overs.

But they lost their last six wickets for just 18 runs and the wait for a first ODI victory in Dublin goes on.

Boyd Rankin, who proved Ireland's most successful bowler, admitted it should have been closer.

"We must do the basics better. We bowled too many four balls, so they got around 25 too many. It's a case of trying to put things right tomorrow," he said.

Max Sorensen is the likely player to make way for McBrine, with Barry McCarthy certain to get a second game after a promising debut.

In-form Leinster Lightning captain John Anderson also looks set to retain his place despite scoring only seven from 19 balls on his return to the Ireland side.

• Belfast Royal Academy retained the Ulster Bank Schools Cup as a superb undefeated 78 by Max Burton saw off the challenge of RBAI with three wickets to spare.

After bowling out their Belfast rivals for 158, BRA slumped to 40 for four but Burton, who was almost caught first ball at extra cover, made no other mistakes and hit eight fours and a six in his 94-ball innings.

RBAI's innings took the opposite course as Ben Mellor and Matthew Lightbody reached 78 for one in only the 13th over, but Jack Burton, brother of Max, then took two wickets in two balls and when Francis Collins had Mellor caught with the first ball of the next over, Inst never recovered, bowled out with 11 balls unused.

BRA are the first team to retain the trophy since Foyle did so in 2010, when RBAI were also the beaten finalists.

RBAI: 158 (38.1 overs, B Mellor 41 M Lightbody 32, B Cochrane 22; J Burton 3-37, M Wilson 2-32) BRA: 159-7 (38.1 overs, M Burton 78 not out; D Whitten 3-27, D Robinson 2-28, L McNamara 2-34). BRA won by three wickets.

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