Lee Nelson had to wait until Ireland’s A third match to get his first bowl of the representative season but a burst of four wickets for 21 in seven overs after lunch on the final day in Uddingston hurried the Irish to victory in the three-day international against their Scottish counterparts.
The Waringstown slow bowler reduced Scotland A to 108 for eight, in their vain pursuit of 251 for victory, as Ireland overturned a first innings deficit of 95 into a comfortable 77 runs victory on the stroke of tea.
Nelson’s prize scalp was Scottish captain Moneeb Iqbal, the first innings top scorer, and when Tom Fisher held a stunning reflex catch to dismiss the stubborn Andrew Umeed, Ireland scented victory. He was on a hat-trick two overs later but the ninth wicket stand added 54 to hold up Ireland’s charge.
John Anderson ended that stand in his first over and Phil Eaglestone completed a highly satisfactory match with the last wicket, and his sixth of the match.
The Strabane pace man should be the next cab off the rank for an international call-up.
Max Sorensen is still in pole position — he also had six in the match, but only one (for 46 from 11 overs) in the final innings. Trent Johnston was satisfied with seven overs in the morning bringing his tally in the match to 21; his next major test will be against Australia at Stormont tomorrow week.
None of the batsmen here knocked down the door for a place in a congested senior line-up but all improved on their first innings effort to post a total of 345.
The last three wickets added 42 in 40 minutes first thing yesterday and taking the declaration out of the equation was in Ireland’s favour on a final day when spin proved the key.
Scores: Ireland A 181 (T Johnston 42 not out, C Dougherty 32) and 345 (86.5 overs, S Thompson 71, A Poynter 54, J Anderson 44, C Dougherty 42, R McCann 38; C Burnett 4-64, A Bailwal 3-88) Scotland A 276 (68.5 overs, M Sorensen 5-73, P Eaglestone 3-73) and 173 (50.2 overs, C Burnett 36 not out; L Nelson 4-58, P Eaglestone 3-34).
Ireland A won by 77 runs.