Wolves lack any real bite as they fall to one-day series defeat
Ireland Wolves' batting let them down again yesterday as Scotland A won the deciding game of the one-day series in Oak Hill by four wickets.
A first half century of the week by Lorcan Tucker and a quick, unbeaten 45 by Tyrone Kane was only enough to set the Scots a revised victory target of 191 in 35 overs and 52 not out by senior international George Munsey eased his side to victory with more than five overs to spare.
The Wolves had reached 114-5 from 28 overs, with Tucker having just brought up his half century in 78 balls, when rain interrupted the match for over three hours. They had just seven overs left on the resumption and, thanks to Kane's 27-ball innings, did well to add 65 runs. But the damage had been done early.
This was the Wolves' last 50-over game before Ireland return to one-day international action against Zimbabwe on July 1, but it has proved a disappointingly inconsistent week for the hopefuls.
Opening batsmen James McCollum and Jack Tector were both out for single figure scores and Shane Getkate was unable to follow up his superb century in Thursday's series-levelling victory.
Indeed, Ireland head coach Graham Ford probably learned nothing he didn't already know - Tucker is the next batsman in waiting - apart from Kane's ability with the bat. He could easily fit in at No.8 in the senior side to back up his invariably testing new ball bowling.
Kane returned yesterday in place of the rested Craig Young, while Rush batsman Nathan McGuire replaced Graham Kennedy and hit his eighth ball in Irish colours for six, but was bowled for 13.
Peter Chase was the most successful bowler yesterday but he continues to go at more than five runs an over while Harry Tector gave himself the most overs yesterday but was rewarded with only one wicket on a day when the only way Ireland were going to win was by taking 10.
Meanwhile, in the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup last night, CIYMS booked their place in the semi-finals, Chris Dougherty and Obus Pienaar sharing an unbroken stand of 80, in 51 balls, to beat Carrickfergus by eight wickets.
In Group B, Muckamore recovered from 41-4 after 10 overs to reach 123-5 and complete the double over Civil Service North by seven runs.
It looked plain sailing for CSN last night when Andre Malan and Gary Wilson were putting on 63 for the second wicket but Pavan Khartik bowled the South African professional and when the Ireland T20 captain was caught off Muckamore skipper Neil Gill, the visitors needed 16 off 13 balls. Aditya Adey and Gill restricted them to eight.
CI, meanwhile, will be idle today following the postponement of today's Robinson Services Premier League game against Instonians, the Shaw's Bridge ground failing to recover from this week's rain.
LAGAN VALLEY STEELS T20 CUP
Middle Road: Carrickfergus 98-8 (C van der Walt 35; J Cameron-Dow 3-14, A Coulter 2-20) CIYMS 100-2 (14.5 overs, O Pienaar 43 not out, C Dougherty 39 not out). CIYMS won by eight wickets.
Moylena: Muckamore 123-5 (S Gordon 46, S Lazars 37; G McCarter 2-28) Civil Service North 116-6 (G Wilson 43, A Malan 31, J Kennedy 24; A Adey 2-11, P Khartik 2-25). Muckamore won by seven runs.
J McCollum c Wallace b Main 9
J Tector c Neill b McCreath 9
N McGuire b Main 13
L Tucker c Budge b Greaves 61
H Tector c Wallace b Neill 5
S Getkate b Leask 20
T Kane not out 45
G Delanyc Munsey b Leask 2
F Hand b Greaves 3
R Allen b Leask 1
P Chase not out 1
Extras (1b 4lb 7w) 12
Total (9 wkts, 35 overs) 179
Fall: 1-9 2-31 3-48 4-59 5-113 6-138 7-144 8-154 9-157
Bowling: A Neill 6-1-21-1, G Main 7-0-37-2, S Cameron 6-0-23-0, F McCreath 6-0-22-1, M Leask 7-0-29-3, C Greaves 3-0-42-2
O Hairs c Getkate b Chase 4
C McBride c Tucker b Chase 11
D Budge c J Tector b H Tector 21
C Wallace c Tucker b Kane 48
G Munsey not out 52
M Leask run out 12
C Greaves c Allen b Hand 15
F McCreath not out 10
Extras (1b 2lb 17w) 20
Total (6 wkts, 29.5 overs) 193
Did not bat: S Cameron, A Neill, G Main
Fall: 1-9 2-18 3-45 4-100 5-125 6-163
Bowling: T Kane 5-0-25-1, P Chase 6-0-33-2, S Getkate 3-0-22-0, F Hand 3.5-0-49-1, R Allen 2-0-13-0, H Tector 7-0-37-1, G Delany 1-0-11-0
Scotland A won by four wickets.