Wolves bowler Cameron-Dow fires out a timely Test reminder
James Cameron-Dow put himself in the frame for a Test call-up as the Ireland Wolves continued their fine form in Sri Lanka.
They started the final day of their four-day game in Hambontota this morning needing six wickets to bowl out Sri Lanka A for a second time after bravely enforcing the follow-on with 135 overs left in the match.
CIYMS man Cameron-Dow took 5-99 as the hosts were dismissed for 303 and by the close they'd reduced the deficit by 180.
Cameron-Dow, who has taken 12 of the last 20 Sri Lanka wickets to fall, has already taken one in the second innings to add to Josh Little's first wicket of the match and two from JJ Garth.
Wolves head coach Pete Johnston said it was the confidence of the bowlers who "wanted another crack" at the Sri Lanka batsmen that persuaded him and captain Harry Tector to enforce the follow-on with a lead of 205.
Angelo Perera had dominated the morning session - scoring his 16th first class century - but Craig Young had him caught behind just before the interval and the Wolves spinners took the last five wickets for the addition of 81 runs after the lunch break.
Garth trapped Perera leg before for 19 in the second innings but 20-year-old opener Pathum Nissanka resumed this morning eight runs short of his seventh century in only his 19th game.
Shammu Ashan, who hit 72 in the first innings, is the next batsman in for Sri Lanka and Johnston admits early wickets will be crucial today.
"After that, we will look to chase the target by batting with the same mindset as in the first innings," he said. "It should be an exciting day's cricket and whatever the outcome, the guys can be proud of their efforts so far."
Scores: Ireland Wolves 508-8 dec (N Rock 85, L Tucker 80, J Cameron-Dow 76 not out, J McCollum 72, S Doheny 58, JJ Garth 45) Sri Lanka A 303 (A Perera 127, S Ashan 72; J Cameron-Dow 5-99, C Young 3-76, JJ Garth 2-55) and 180-4 (P Nissanka 92 not out; JJ Garth 2-62). Close Day 3