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McBrine shows his class as Irish Wolves target a shock triumph


By Ian Callender

The last time Andy McBrine opened the bowling at Sylhet - in the World Twenty20 against Netherlands - his over went for 24. Yesterday, the Donemana all-rounder started with a maiden and then took two wickets to give Ireland Wolves a fighting chance of a surprise win.

Bangladesh 'A' went into the last day of their four-day game on 27 for two, needing another 105 for victory after 16 wickets fell yesterday. George Dockrell took two wickets for two runs in seven overs as the Wolves took the last four wickets for just 15 runs to restrict their hosts to a first-innings lead of 82.

The next three hours were dominated by James Shannon as the Northern Knights captain brought his 'A' game to the Ireland 'A' team with a superb 90, including seven fours plus three sixes in the same over.

After losing Jack Tector (9) and Andrew Balbirnie (5) in the space of 11 balls, he had prolonged company from Sean Terry and Stuart Thompson, who was more positive than in the first innings, hitting four boundaries in his 21, a score beaten only by Shannon and Shane Getkate, who made up for his first-innings disappointment with bat and ball to stay for 76 minutes.

Shannon was sixth out for 163, one of six lbws in the innings, attempting a reverse sweep, and with Dockrell dismissed first ball and McBrine unable to repeat his first-innings heroics with the bat, it looked a straightforward winning target for the Tigers.

McBrine's double blow, hitting the stumps twice in three balls, however got the Wolves excited although first-innings centurion Sadman Islam is still there.

Scores:Ireland Wolves 255 (S Singh 121, A McBrine 57) and 213 (J Shannon 90, S Getkate 26, S Thompson 21, S Terry 20, A McBrine 14, S Singh 12, S Poynter 11; Sanzamul 5-90, Mahadi Hasan 3-48) Bangladesh A 337 (Sadman Islam 108, Nazmul Hossain 69, Nurul Hasan 54; N Smith 13-1-42-2, S Thompson 19-4-42-1, A McBrine 29.4-8-64-3, G Dockrell 31-8-90-3, S Singh 17-2-62-0, S Getkate 7-0-26-0) and 27-2 (A McBrine 2-14). Close Day 3.

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