James McCollum's hundred plus a superb all-round display from Simi Singh gave Irish supporters some cheer as they helped the Wolves beat Bangladesh by 88 runs at The Hills.

The pair shared a third wicket stand of 124 in 22 overs to propel the Wolves to 307 for 8, with McCollum hitting 15 fours and clearing the ropes once in his 102 from 109 balls.

Singh hit 6 fours and 2 sixes as he provided perfect support in making 91 from 95 deliveries.

The innings stuttered a bit after their dismissals in the search for quick runs, but breezy cameos from Tyrone Kane (27*) and Craig Young got them past 300.

A disciplined display in the field meant that Bangladesh were always playing catch-up, despite a hard-hit half century from Shakib Al Hasan. He was dismissed by the impressive Kane (2-38) and from then on the result was never in doubt.

Singh claimed four wickets, while there was one apiece for Peter Chase, Craig Young and Shane Getkate in the 88-run win.

A morale boosting win for the young Irish lads, but despite the loss the match will serve as useful acclimatization for the Tigers.

A delighted Wolves Head Coach Pete Johnston said afterwards:  

"There was a good feeling going into the game and the lads were excellent in the build up preparing specifically for the opposition.

"It was a very pleasing and professional performance all round. It was vital we got off to a good start with the bat having won the toss. James McCollum was at the heart of that and when he was joined by Simi, the pair set about building a terrific 100 + partnership.

"Credit to James for grasping the opportunity and scoring a magnificent century.

"If we are being critical, we were probably 20 runs short of where we wanted to be, having stuttered in the first five overs of the last 10 with so many wickets in hand.

"However we gained momentum back in the last five, with Tyrone Kane playing a very smart cameo.

"With the ball, we actually bowled very well in the first 10 overs despite not taking wickets. However we stuck to task and once the first wicket came, the bowlers never looked back.

"Shakib was threatening to take the game away from us at one point, but we held our nerve and energy to break that partnership. It was a great example of well executed world class basics from start to finish.

"I thought our seamers all bowled a challenging fuller good length, giving the ball a chance to seam and that Harry Tector managed his five main bowlers very well.

"When we last played Bangladesh in a warm up game at Stormont, you got the sense that it was an eye opener for the Wolves, however this performance shows how better prepared and ready these guys are to perform at this level."

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