Craig Young has made a flying start to his spell in South Africa taking four wickets on debut for Old Grey CC.

The Bready speedster is spending two months in Port Elizabeth along with Warriors and international colleague Stuart Thompson.

The pair landed last Wednesday and played their first game at the weekend against the local PE University, with Young claiming four scalps and making 12, while Thompson hit a fluent 25.

The duo are on hand to provide cover for Ireland's World Cup Qualifier squad who fly out to South Africa at the weekend, where they play four games in Pretoria ahead of the qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe.

The two-month spell in South Africa will give Young the perfect opportunity to regain his bowling fitness after an elbow injury severely curtailed his appearances in 2017.

27 year-old Young has won 42 caps since his debut in 2013, taking 73 wickets at an average of just 25.08.

The pair were reunited with a familiar face as former Ireland coach Adi Birrell is mentoring them during their stay.

Birrell is coaching the pair three times a week and also is facilitating their training with the Warriors and Eastern Province.

He coached Ireland from 2002 until 2007, overseeing a revolution in Irish cricket which culminated in the team qualifying for their first World Cup tournament in the West Indies.

It was at this competition that they announced themselves on the world stage with victories against Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as a memorable tie against Zimbabwe.