Big hitter Sean Terry goes on attack and stuns the Scots
Sean Terry was last night threatening to break every record in the book as the Ireland A batsman finished the first day of the game against Scotland A in Ayr on 251 not out.
Tyrone Kane hit the last ball of the (96 overs) day for three, to bring up Ireland's 400, and having faced 35 balls for just nine there was no indication that skipper Andy McBrine will declare any time soon.
McBrine scored 67, with 11 boundaries which would, on most days, be worth more than a honourable mention. But his runs came in a fourth wicket stand of 169 dominated by Terry who has already batted for six hours and 10 minutes, faced 287 balls and hit 32 fours and four sixes.
Admittedly, it was a flat track on a hot day and the Scottish captain shared the workload among eight bowlers, none whom bowled more than 15 overs. But for Terry to give only one chance, to slip on 122, was a monumental effort in concentration, laced with excellent strokeplay and footwork.
The England-born batsman, son of former Test player Paul, quit county cricket this season and joined YMCA with the hope of making it onto the international stage with Ireland, as an Irish-passport holder.
However, he was under pressure coming into the game, having failed in Ireland A's previous game, and has only one double figure score (32) in four innings for Leinster Lightning. But what a way to respond!
At the other end, Jack Tector, who hit 131 against MCC last month, was out hooking, via his helmet, for just two and James McCollum, in his first A-team appearance, never really got going, hitting just two boundaries in his 59-ball innings before he was leg before wicket.
James Shannon, after taking 19 balls to get off the mark, went the same way but, disappointingly, after facing 88 balls and when well set. This morning, however, all eyes will be Terry. How high can he go?
Scores: Ireland A 400-4 (S Terry 251 not out, A McBrine 67, J Shannon 34, J McCollum 23; S Sharif 2-30) v Scotland A. Today 11am-7pm.