Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Simmons happy with his pace makers

Top marks: Phil Simmons is pleased with Ireland's bowling

National coach Phil Simmons is happy with the depth of his pace bowling reserves after Ireland completed their Intercontinental Cup series with an innings victory over Scotland at Clontarf.

Sussex's Craig Young took one of the remaining two wickets on Saturday morning to finish with six in the match on his debut and Graeme McCarter also impressed the coach.

"Young's biggest asset is his pace, we're always looking for that – we don't have much here – and we know McCarter from his junior days (in the North West), he is doing well for Gloucestershire and his consistency is top-notch," said Simmons.

With Stuart Thompson returning from injury and Eddie Richardson both playing in the one-day games against Scotland, Simmons added: "There is good competition for places, there will be debate when we select the next team and that is what a coach and selectors want."

Ireland's next action is likely to be in Sri Lanka at the start of November with three Twenty20 games against Sri Lanka A pencilled in at a training camp in Dambulla, ahead of the World Twenty20 qualifiers in the UAE, which start on November 15.

With the five-day I-Cup final in Dubai against Afghanistan not due to finish until December 14, the Ireland squad will be away for almost seven weeks.

Meanwhile, the last two issues were decided in the Ulster Bank League at the weekend.

Holywood received the Section Two trophy yesterday after their five-wicket victory at Drumaness, with Ross Adair finishing 87 not out.

Meanwhile, Victoria finished runners-up to BISC in Section Three and get promoted after victory over Donaghadee on Saturday.

In the North West, Glendermott were relegated from the Premiership after losing to Bready on Saturday.

The Magheramason side will now play St Johnston in the promotion/relegation play-off next Sunday after the Dongegal team beat Drummond in the Championship runners-up play-off at The Rectory by four wickets in a match of 581 runs.

Intercontinental Cup

At Clontarf, Scotland 138 (S Sharif 41; C Young 4-53, G McCarter 3-13) and 168 (S Sharif 60, M Haq 37; M Sorensen 5-37, G McCarter 2-17, C Young 2-57) Ireland 350 (P Stirling 65, J Anderson 56, K O'Brien 45, A Balbirnie 38, W Porterfield 30; M Iqbal 4-68, M Haw 4-69).

Ireland won by an innings and 44 runs.

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