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Wolves are given food for thought after being tamed in curtain raiser


By Ian Callender

Bangladesh A took a 1-0 lead in the five-match one-day series against Ireland Wolves and put down a marker for the next two weeks with an 87-run victory at Oakhill yesterday.

The Wolves, after asking the tourists to bat first, never threatened the Tigers' total of 289-6 and were bowled out in the 47th over after a horror start when they lost three wickets in three balls, including skipper Andrew Balbirnie first ball.

James Shannon and Peter Chase replaced Andy McBrine and Barry McCarthy - who took 4-31 for Durham in the T20 Blast yesterday - from the team chosen for Wednesday's first game, which was abandoned after five overs.

But Shannon was first out in the fifth over for six, James McCollum followed next ball and, when Balbirnie was caught at the wicket, the Wolves were 14-3.

Stuart Thompson, with 23 from 26 balls, attempted to lead a recovery, but just when he was set, he was dismissed, a failing repeated throughout the innings.

Shane Getkate hit two sixes in his 38, but Tyrone Kane's fighting 49 off 40 balls, with three fours and three sixes, was always in a losing cause.

The damage had been done in the first nine overs when the Bangladesh openers scored 74, with Chase and Kane's first four overs each going for 30 and Thompson's first for 14. David Delany put the brakes on with a maiden and just 12 runs off his next four overs, but Zakir Hasan brought up his 50 in the 11th over and, by the time he was bowled by Chase in the 30th over, he had scored a run-a-ball 92 out of 160.

To their credit, Chase and Kane both came back well, each finishing with three wickets.

The third match is back at Oakhill tomorrow.

The standard which the Wolves batsmen would like to reach has been set by Paul Stirling, who scored his first T20 century last night in the London derby at The Oval. Stirling hit 109 from 58 balls with nine fours and seven sixes in Middlesex's 221-5 against Surrey.

Meanwhile, Donemana II take a lead of 54 into the second day of the Qualifying 1 Cup final against Eglinton II at Ardmore.

The Gallagher Women's Challenge Cup final takes places at Stormont tomorrow between holders Lurgan and Civil Service North. The game starts at 2pm.

But today's NCU Premier League game between CIYMS and Muckamore has been posptoned, with Belmont still unplayable.

Qualifying 1 cup final

Bleachgreen: Eglinton II first innings 67 (29.4 overs; S Adair 23; L Dougherty 4-15, Jun McBrine 2-0, R McBrine 2-16) Donemana II first innings 121 (36.5 overs; L Boyd 40; J Martin 6-24; D McElhatton 2-31). Continues today at noon.

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