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Sri Lanka give Wolves food for thought

 

By Ian Callender

Ireland Wolves went into the second one-day game against Sri Lanka A this morning encouraged by another good batting display in the opening clash of the series on Saturday.

Lorcan Tucker, batting at No 4, scored his second century for the Wolves as they passed 300 but it was all in vain as a strong home line-up had posted an imposing 365 in their 50 overs, leaving the bowlers with plenty to think about today.

Admittedly it was another good batting pitch and only three bowlers, on either side, had an economy rate of less than a run a ball, but the experienced Peter Chase and Craig Young (1-73) both went for more than seven and a half runs an over, Mark Adair (0-75) was the most expensive of all and captain Harry Tector, a reluctant bowler on this tour, conceded 17 in his two overs.

Stuart Thompson, who along with Shane Getkate only arrived last week as white-ball specialists, proved the most successful bowler although leg spinner JJ Garth (0-54) was the most economical.

Northern Knights captain James Shannon, after a disappointing red-ball series, was back to form with a run-a-ball 67 to allow the Wolves to make light of the early dismissals of James McCollum (11) and Thompson (4).

By the time he was out in the 23rd over, Tucker had already reached his 50, from 47 balls, and the wicket-keeper and captain then shared a fifth wicket stand of 87 in 12 overs and with 15 overs remaining, Ireland were making a real fist of the chase, needing another 140.

But five balls later, both set batsmen were dismissed - Tucker for 109 from 86 balls with 13 fours and three sixes - and although the tourists continued to score at better than a run-a-ball, they did not have enough wickets.

Getkate made a promising start with the bat, but his 37 from 31 balls (five fours) just wasn't enough and the last three wickets fell for 13 runs, bowled out with 10 balls unused.

Scores: Sri Lanka A 365-5 (50 overs, A Fernando 128, M Siriwardana 111, U Tharanga 66; S Thompson 2-36, P Chase 2-68) Ireland Wolves 305 (48.2 overs; L Tucker 109, J Shannon 67, S Getkate 37, H Tector 31; I Jayaratne 3-39). Sri Lanka A won by 60 runs.

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