Job done for Ireland Wolves
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
THE Ireland Wolves took more than two hours to take a wicket on the final day at Claremont Road but the seven were even quicker as they completed a convincing 100 runs victory.
It was no more than expected from a team fielding nine senior internationals against a young, mainly development Scotland A side, but it couldn’t have worked out much better for the Wolves with National Coach John Bracewell watching.
The Wolves have another three-day game in Southgate, starting on Wednesday week, when even more experienced players will be in action – the O’Brien brothers and George Dockrell to name just three – but for now Peter Chase and Ireland can be happy that he goes into the final match before next month’s Intercontinental Cup clash at Malahide in good rhythm and form.
It was Chase who finally took the first wicket of the day in the penultimate over before lunch, a short rising delivery which forced the obdurate Michael Jones to play on.
Breakthrough achieved, it proved much easier after the interval and four wickets in 29 balls, including first innings top scorer Michael Watt effectively ended the Scots’ resistance and any notional idea they could reach a victory target of 371.
Tyrone Kane, uncapped since 2015, Nathan Smith, who continues to impress at this level, and Jacob Mulder, who took five wickets in the first innings, all finished with two wickets and Chase wrapped up the victory with a deserved fourth to complete a satisfying match.