Wolves come up short despite Young's heroics
Craig Young's best List A bowling figures were not enough to prevent Ireland Wolves falling to defeat in the first one-day game against Scotland A in Oak Hill yesterday.
Young finished with 5-36, bettering his five-wicket haul in his first one-day international against the Scots in 2014, but faced with a target of 253, the Wolves' top five were back in the pavilion with just 91 on the board, and despite late runs from Gareth Delany and Tyrone Kane, the hosts fell 25 runs short.
The difference on the day was Scotland's Dylan Budge. Playing only his second List A game - he scored 11 in his first, the famous victory over England in Edinburgh last summer - Budge scored 132 with nine fours and three sixes before he was caught by Stephen Doheny, who injured himself and could only come in as the Wolves' last man when they needed 34 from the last three overs; he lasted only seven balls.
Wolves had made the perfect start with James McCollum and Jack Tector putting on 59 for the first wicket in 16 overs, but once senior international McCollum was caught off slow left armer Hamza Tahir, the Scots needed only nine more overs to take the next four wickets. Lorcan Tucker got off the mark with a six but was fifth man out, 20 balls later, for 14.
He was replaced by Delany who got the Wolves back on course, sharing a stand of 75 with Kane, but having lost the Ireland Test player in the 38th over, he hit medium pacer Adrian Neill for 4-6-6 in successive deliveries to bring up his 50 in 39 balls, only to be caught next ball.
It left the Wolves needing just over a run-a-ball but they ran out of wickets and were bowled out with eight balls unused.
Young, desperate to get back into the senior squad, has impressed in his first month with North Down without getting the wickets he probably deserved, but with Ireland coach Graham Ford watching, he chose the perfect day to perform.
He took two wickets in his second over and two in his last as the Scots lost their last three wickets in six balls for two runs.
It proved a difficult day with the ball for Graham Kennedy, Shane Getkate and skipper Harry Tector, while Fionn Hand was expensive but got two wickets. Kane was more accurate but had to be satisfied with one.
The teams meet again today, the rearrangement of Tuesday's washed-out match.
The Emerging Knights and Warriors sides saw their scheduled 50-over game abandoned yesterday without a ball bowled, and today's game between the Knights and the Lightning Bolts at Woodvale was called off yesterday as a result of the persistent rain.
Tonight: Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup (6.15): Waringstown v Lisburn, Instonians v North Down.