Stuart Thompson and Peter Chase shine but Ireland A made to wait
Stuart Thompson and Peter Chase produced a sensational burst of new ball bowling to reduce MCC to six for five in their second innings but, despite taking the extra half hour, Ireland A could not win at Bready in two days.
MCC, with three wickets left, trail by 58 after Thompson (above) added three wickets to his three in the first innings and with Chase taking two, the Club went from 5-0 to 6-5 in 14 balls. Thompson got Chris James, the visitors' impressive batsman in the first innings, to leave MCC 59 for seven at the close. The late burst overshadowed a superb innings from Ireland U19 captain Jack Tector who batted for all 79 overs before the declaration, compiling a chanceless 131 not out. Captain Andy McBrine and Thompson also starred with the bat but there were failures for debutant Sean Terry and David Rankin.
SCORES: MCC 1st innings 177-9 (D Cox 52, C James 32 no; S Thompson 3-28, P Chase 3-32) 59-7 (S Thompson 4-19, P Chase 2-16) Ireland A 297-7 (J Tector 131 not out, A McBrine 47, S Thompson 40, T Kane 26; W Morrick 4-104, H Horsley 3-32). Resumes 10.30am