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Smith is to the four as he stakes claim for a place in Irish Test side

By Ian Callender

Nathan Smith continues to impress on the big stage. The Instonians opening bowler forced his way into Ireland consideration with five wickets for the Wolves last year and yesterday he took four wickets in the second Test trial game in Dublin.

Smith didn't get a chance to bowl in the first game because rain washed out the second day but he struck with his first ball at Sydney Parade, trapping Test squad hopeful Jack Tector leg before and following up with the wicket of club-mate James Shannon (9) in his fourth over.

Shannon was the other top order batsman being considered as cover for Ed Joyce, if there was any doubt about the fitness of the 39-year-old, but Smith found the outside edge of his bat and through to Niall O'Brien.

His third and fourth wickets came in the same over of his second spell, in almost identical fashion to his first two, with Simi Singh (20) leg before and Sean Terry (3) caught off the outside edge at second slip by Joyce.

His final figures, when rain halted play 16 overs before the scheduled close, were 16.4-5-33-4 which overshadowed Peter Chase, who had James McCollum caught down the leg side for his only success of the day, but not before the Waringstown batsman had compiled a composed half-century which augurs well for more games for Ireland Wolves this season.

McCollum faced 119 balls for his 56, which included five fours and was only threatened for the innings of the day by George Dockrell, who showed Ireland and coach Graham Ford what they are missing with 43 off 74 balls with four fours and one of only two sixes in the day, both hit off Jacob Mulder.

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