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Bowlers wide of the mark as Wolves miss chance of first victory on tour


By Ian Callender

The bowlers hauled the Ireland Wolves back into the second one-day game against Bangladesh 'A' but must take some responsibility for the home team winning by three wickets.

Defending 195 all out, they conceded 20 runs from wides - against four bowled by Bangladesh - as their opponents eased home with 21 balls to spare.

Jacob Mulder and George Dockrell (the only bowler not to transgress) shared five wickets to reduce their hosts to 156 for seven.

But the economical Simi Singh's solitary wicket was to be the Wolves' last success and, when skipper Andrew Balbirnie ran out of spin options, Bangladesh hurried to victory, with a six and two fours the final scoring strokes.

Eight Wolves batsmen reached double figures but Singh's 33 was the top score and not one partnership reached 50. James Shannon had the best strike rate, hitting two fours and two sixes in his 32-ball innings, but, like his team-mates, perished too early.

Scores: Ireland Wolves 195 (48.1 overs; S Singh 33, J Shannon 27, J Anderson 27, S Poynter 25, G Dockrell 18, J Mulder 17 not out, S Thompson 16, A Balbirnie 15; Sanzamul Islam 4-33, Abul Hasan 3-25). Bangladesh 'A' 196-7 (46.3 overs, Tanvir Haider 61*, Nazmul Hossain 44; B McCarthy 5.3-0-31-0, N Smith 5-0-32-1, S Singh 10-1-22-1, S Thompson 6-0-28-0, J Mulder 10-0-42-3, G Dockrell 10-0-41-2). Bangladesh 'A' won by three wickets.

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