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Tough tour has helped make us better players, insists Balbirnie


By Ian Callender

Ireland Wolves captain Andrew Balbirnie claimed the players will have "learned a great deal on a testing tour" after Bangladesh A won the final one-day game by 76 runs.

The home team won the five completed matches - across all three formats - the last in Cox's Bazar after posting 286 for six and then dismissing the tourists, who lost their last eight wickets for 93, inside 44 overs.

"Although we couldn't get over the line we weren't far off in most games and with more exposure at this level and in these conditions we can only get better and progress as cricketers," said Balbirnie.

Recalled Jack Tector finished the tour on a high with 66 from 80 balls, although his last 15 runs used up 23 before he was dismissed on the return of opening bowler Abu Haider, who also dismissed Simi Singh (5) and Lorcan Tucker in the space of 17 balls. It undid a promising start after the Wolves collapsed from 115 for two at halfway with Tector putting on 83 with John Anderson after the early loss of Sean Terry (3) and Balbirnie (4).

Bangladesh A batted first for the first time and with Yasir Ali reaching his century in the last over from 99 balls, the hosts piled on 85 in the last 10 overs

Ahead of the next Ireland selection, which will include three ODIs against Afghanistan, the quintet left out yesterday were James Shannon, Stuart Poynter, Peter Chase, Andy McBrine and Stuart Thompson.

Scores: Bangladesh A 286-6 (50 overs, Yasir Ali 102, Sadman Islam 68; B McCarthy 9-0-45-2, N Smith 7-0-32-0, S Singh 10-0-52-1, S Getkate 10-0-63-2, J Mulder 6-0-38-0, G Dockrell 8-0-45-1) Ireland Wolves 210 (43.4 overs, J Tector 66, J Anderson 45, B McCarthy 27, S Getkate 18, J Mulder 13 not out, L Tucker 11; Abu Haider 3-38). Bangladesh A won by 76 runs and the five-match series 3-0.

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