SINGH CENTURY KEEPS IRELAND WOLVES IN CONTENTION AGAINST BANGLADESH

SIMI SINGH'S maiden first-class century kept Ireland Wolves in contention after a tough first day of their unofficial Test match against Bangladesh Wolves in Sylhet.

The YMCA all-rounder top scored with a brilliant 121 out of an Irish total of 255 all out on a spinner-friendly track. Singh played positively throughout, striking 10 fours and four sixes in his 159-ball innings, rescuing Ireland from a poor start.

James Shannon (0), Jack Tector (18) and skipper Andrew Balbirnie (10) all fell early as Ireland wobbled on 29 for 3 after electing to bat first on winning the toss.

While Singh unfurled his wide range of power strokes, Sean Terry (20) dropped anchor as the pair shared a fourth wicket partnership of 79 in 146 deliveries.

The loss of Terry just after lunch saw the visitors lose five wickets for 61 runs to go into the tea interval on 169 for 8, with Singh on a nervous 99 not out.

However, he duly reached his landmark century with a boundary off Zubair Hossain, and in conjunction with Donemana all-rounder Andrew McBrine launched a counter-offensive.

The pair added 46 in just 53 balls before Singh fell, but McBrine continued the onslaught strking 8 boundaries in his 57 from 62 balls, dominating a last wicket stand of 38 with Nathan Smith (5).

Smith (1-7) struck an early blow in the home side's reply as he had Zakir Hasan (1) caught by Sean Terry, but Sadman Islam (22*) and captain Nazmul Hossain (15*) saw their team to 38 for 1 without any further alarm.

"It's really special to get my maiden first-class hundred in an Irish jersey," said Singh afterwards. "This hundred will give me a lot of confidence and self-belief. It's always special to wear the Ireland jersey and I'm glad I could contribute for the team today .

"I had a plan of playing my shots from the start as I knew it was going to be difficult if the spinners got settled. The sweep and lofted drives over the top were the two shots I've been working on in the nets over the last few days here and I executed them pretty well today.

"I think 255 is a decent score but we have to be really accurate and patient and wickets will then come in clusters hopefully," added the 30 year-old.

Irish captain Andrew Babirnie felt the batting had under-performed , but was fulsome in his praise for Singh. "Having won the toss it's obviously disappointing to be bowled out for 255, but it was an outstanding knock from Simi, who played with great conviction.

"He set the tone for this tour with the bat and hopefully we will push on as a batting unit over the next couple of weeks."

Bangladesh A v Ireland Wolves, At Sylhet International Stadium,

Day 1 of 4, Close

IRELAND WOLVES 255 all out (74.5 overs; Simi Singh 121, Andrew McBrine 57, Sean Terry 20; Mahadi Hasan 3-47, Ebadat Hossain 2-26, Kamrul Rabbi 2-45, Zubair Hossain 2-61)

BANGLADESH A 38-1 (13 overs; Sadman Islam 22*, Nathan Smith 1-7)

Full day 1 scorecard
 
Bangladesh A Vs Ireland Wolves
2-Innings Match Played At Sylhet, 11-Oct-2017, First-Class

Umpires Gazi Sohel (Ban) - Akteruzzaman Khan (Ban) - Tanvir Ahmed (Ban)
Scorers Habib Ullah (Ban) - H U Dipu (Ban)
Umpire notes Match Referee: Roquibul Hassan (Ban)
Home Side Bangladesh A
Comment 4-day match
Close
Day-1 - Wed 11 Oct - Bangladesh A 1st inns 38-1 (13 ov. Nazmul Hossain* 15, Sadman Islam 22*)

Ireland Wolves 1st Innings 255/10 All Out (Overs 74.5)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
J Tector   b Sanjamul Islam 18 47 32 3 0
JNK Shannon   b Ebadat Hossain 0 14 7 0 0
A Balbirnie* c Sadman Islam b Mahadi Hasan 10 38 25 0 0
S Terry c Nurul Hasan b Ebadat Hossain 20 100 71 2 0
Simi Singh lbw b Mahadi Hasan 121 222 159 10 4
SR Thompson c Yasir Ali b Zubair Hossain 4 38 30 0 0
SW Poynter+ lbw b Kamrul Islam Rabbi 12 20 13 2 0
SC Getkate   b Kamrul Islam Rabbi 0 8 7 0 0
GH Dockrell lbw b Zubair Hossain 0 24 18 0 0
AR McBrine c Nurul Hasan b Mahadi Hasan 57 75 62 8 0
N Smith not out   5 39 27 0 0
extras   (b4 lb1 w1 nb2) 8        
TOTAL   10 wickets for 255        
FOW
1-8(JNK Shannon) 2-29(J Tector) 3-29(A Balbirnie) 4-108(S Terry) 5-127(SR Thompson)
6-159(SW Poynter) 7-161(SC Getkate) 8-169(GH Dockrell) 9-217(Simi Singh)
10-255(AR McBrine)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
Kamrul Islam Rabbi 14 1 45 2 1 -
Ebadat Hossain 10 2 26 2 - -
Sanjamul Islam 26 5 71 1 - -
Mahadi Hasan 13.5 3 47 3 - 1
Zubair Hossain 11 0 61 2 - 1

Bangladesh A 1st Innings 38/1 (Overs 13)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
Sadman Islam not out   22 50 47 4 0
Zakir Hasan c S Terry b N Smith 1 10 5 0 0
Nazmul Hossain* not out   15 39 26 1 0
Al-Amin (Jnr) dnb            
Yasir Ali dnb            
Nurul Hasan+ dnb            
Sanjamul Islam dnb            
Ebadat Hossain dnb            
Kamrul Islam Rabbi dnb            
Zubair Hossain dnb            
Mahadi Hasan dnb            
extras   (b0 lb0 w0 nb0) 0        
TOTAL   1 wickets for 38        
FOW
1-1(Zakir Hasan)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
N Smith 3 1 7 1 - -
SR Thompson 2 1 1 0 - -
AR McBrine 4 2 10 0 - -
GH Dockrell 3 1 11 0 - -
Simi Singh 1 0 9 0 - -