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Irish A team's plan comes together to defeat Scots

by ian callender

It was hardly a bowling performance to impress watching Head Coach John Bracewell but Ireland A did just enough to beat their Scottish counterparts at Ayr last night.

Set 385 to win, the Scots were on course with eight overs left, needing another 34 runs with Safyyan Sharif 133 not out. But when he failed to take the usual single of the fourth ball of the previous over, it left No.11 Ihtisham Malik exposed to a full over against Max Sorensen.

He survived three balls but fell to the fourth and Ireland A claimed a deserved victory.

The first hour yesterday proved significant as it had been agreed the Irish would declare at 12pm. In that time, James McCollum, Andy McBrine and Sorensen added 139 runs. McBrine added 62 from 35 balls with eight fours and two sixes and Sorensen's 22 came off eight deliveries, including two maximums.

But the Scots, set a run-rate of 4.75 to win, were always up with it with skipper Craig Wallace hitting eight fours and a six in his 88 off 91 balls and Sharif finishing with 10 fours and eight sixes.

It remained a magnificent batting surface and even spinners McBrine and Yaqoob Ali both conceded over 90 runs in 21 overs, taking just three wickets.

Scores: Ireland A 400-4 dec (S Terry 251 not out, A McBrine 67, J Shannon 34) and 271-6 dec (J McCollum 79, A McBrine 72, J Shannon 63, M Sorensen 22 not out; H Aslam 3-57) Scotland A 287 (T Bruce 70, S Sharif 55, M Watt 45, A Evans 34; A McBrine 5-71) and 351 (S Sharif 133 not out, C Wallace 88, O Shah 38; M Sorensen 4-66, G McCarter 2-29, Yaqoob Ali 2-93). Ireland A won by 33 runs.

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