The Wolves players in the Ireland squad for the three-match series against Afghanistan headed off to India in good heart yesterday after finishing their South Africa tour with an impressive win.
Shane Getkate, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell and Harry Tector were all among the runs and Craig Young continued his good form with the ball as a Northern Academy side were defeated by four wickets with almost eight overs to spare.
The reason for the quick finish was an astonishing innings by Delany, who smashed 43 from 18 balls. Coming to the middle at 202-5, he left four overs later with Ireland on 252-6 having hit four fours and four sixes.
Suitably inspired, Getkate then finished off the match with three successive sixes, finishing with five in all, the winning stroke bringing up his 50 from 39 balls.
Having won the toss, the Wolves had the significant benefit of batting in the afternoon - all three 50-over games were won by the team batting second - and as well as two half-century partnerships there were three better than 35.
The best was 64 for the first wicket between top scorer Jack Tector and James McCollum, who were not done any favours by having only two full days in Pretoria before the first match.
A chest infection denied Gary Wilson any match practice but the former T20 captain will hope to be fit for Ireland's first game in Greater Noida on Friday.
Scores: Northern Academy 277-8 (50 overs, H Viljoen 68, G Koopman 44, S Masondo 42, M Arnold 31, K Chibi 30; C Young 2-28 (6 overs), H Tector 1-27 (6), G Delany 1-33 (6), S Getkate 1-46 (7), G Dockrell 1-58 (9), T Kane 1-59). Ireland Wolves 281-6 (42.2 overs, J Tector 60, S Getkate 51 not out, G Delany 43, G Dockrell 33, H Tector 28, J McCollum 25, S Doheny 21). Wolves won by four wickets.