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Bowlers found wanting again as Irish crumble

By Ian Callender

This time there was no rearguard action for Ireland and the Sri Lanka A team completed an emphatic 107 runs victory in the second game of the three-match series which concludes at Coleraine tomorrow (10.45am).

National Coach Phil Simmons stubbornly refused to select Max Sorensen and John Mooney and although he "never regrets" any cricketing decision, his second string bowlers were again found wanting.

The Sri Lankans scored 182 off the last 20 overs to finish on 329 for eight with 20-year-old Peter Chase, in his second game, going at over 10 runs an over and Eddie Richardson, fit to take his place after being hit on the jaw during Wednesday's defeat, conceding over 83 in his 10 overs.

Stuart Thompson came in for Chris Dougherty, in Ireland's only change from the first match, but only as a batsman and with Graeme McCarter having returned to Gloucestershire that was two more experienced bowlers which Andrew Poynter had to do without.

It was no coincidence that Andrew White, who has 111 more caps than the rest of the team put together, was Ireland's best and most economical bowler, although Craig Young came back well at the end and deserved his four wickets.

Ireland also made the surprising decision to open the batting with Stuart Poynter, who scored a century from No 7 three days ago. Almost inevitably, he was out first ball, giving a return catch to the one change in the Sri Lankan team, leg spinner Seekkuge Prasanna who has played 12 one-day internationals.

Andrew Balbirnie was the other early victim of Prasanna who returned to end the innings of White, Andrew McBrine and Young to give him his second five-wicket haul in List A games.

It was not another example of the difference in class between the teams and, with the sun on their backs and a superb Stormont batting track, the Sri Lankans must have felt home from home.

Captain Ashan Priyanjana scored 111 from just 70 balls with 15 fours and three sixes and Chathuranga de Silva 60 off just 27 with 11 fours and a six.

Aussie-born Nick Larkin, got his first international runs at a run-a-ball and has probably done enough to get another go tomorrow while Thompson and McBrine both made their career-best scores for Ireland, Thompson stumped after bringing up his 50.

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