Wolves lack a bite as ruthless New Zealand show class
The New Zealanders may still have 10 players involved in the Indian Premier League but, as expected, they were much too strong for the Ireland Wolves.
In the final warm-up game ahead of the Tri-series, it was the Blackcaps' turn to do much as they pleased - much like Bangladesh in the 50-over game at Stormont on Wednesday - and, by coincidence, the victory margin for the second successive day was 85 runs.
However, as the Rathmines match was only half the length of the game in Belfast, it was a much heavier defeat and, indeed, but for Sean Terry and Warriors captain Andy McBrine it could have got very messy.
After five of their 25 overs, in pursuit of an out-of-sight victory target of 235, the Wolves were 26 for five with the top five (James Shannon, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Shane Getkate and Greg Thompson) all back in the pavilion with a top score of five, having faced an aggregate of 26 balls.
Terry, who has played six games for Ireland with a top score of 16, then joined McBrine and they put on 61 in the next 10 overs and when Adam Dennison (17) stayed with him for another seven overs, at least then the scoreboard had an air of respectability.
The most impressive bowler was the uncapped pace man Seth Rance who took two of the early wickets and came back to deny Terry a 'not out', the English-born batsman caught behind for 65 from 56 balls with 10 fours and a six.
The Irish bowling figures do not look pretty as the big-hitting New Zealanders took advantage of the short boundaries either side of the wicket with McBrine, Tyrone Kane, Eddie Richardson and Josh Little all getting through their full quota of five overs at a cost of between eight and 10 runs an over.
Thompson, who has a chance of being included in today's ODI against Bangladesh, bowled two overs for 23 and Robert McKinley, after a promising start, ended up wicketless from three overs for 27.
Scores: New Zealanders 234-6 (25 overs, T Latham 52 ret, N Broom 45, L Ronchi 41, G Worker 37 not out, C Monro 23; E Richardson 2-43, J Little 2-51) Ireland Wolves 149-9 (25 overs, S Terry 65, A McBrine 31; S Rance 4-13, H Bennett 2-28, S Kuggelein 2-30).
New Zealanders won by 85 runs
TOMORROW: Irish Senior Cup first round (12.30pm): Carrickfergus v Phoenix, Lisburn v Eglinton, Muckamore v Ardmore, Bready v Cork County, Brigade v Leinster, Coleraine v Railway Union, Fox Lodge v North Down, Balbriggan v Drummond, Clontarf v Donemana, Co Galway v Pembroke, North County v CIYMS, The Hills v Civil Service North
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