Ireland Wolves claimed their second Full Member success of the season after beating Zimbabwe at Eglinton by 27 runs.

It was an excellent win for Head Coach Pete Johnston's charges as they defended 283 on an excellent track in at times sweltering conditions.

Experienced left-hander Sean Williams looked as if he would benefit from a number of reprieves to lead  Zimbabwe to the win, hitting 11 fours and 3 sixes in an excellent 104 from 90 balls, sharing a third wicket stand of 100 with Solomon Mire (35).

However, after reaching his hundred, he cut a Peter Chase (3-44) ball straight to a grateful Stephen Doheny at point,

Chase had claimed PJ Moor in the same over, and suddenly having looked beaten, the Wolves had real belief again.

They benefitted from a knee injury to Elton Chigumbura, who had to be stretchered off, and with the required rate climbing, held their boundary catches as the scoreboard pressure told.

Earlier, Simi Singh's 90 provided the backbone for the Irish total of 283 for 9.

Singh hit 9 fours and a six in his 104-ball innings, adding 95 for the fourth wicket with skipper Harry Tector (36).

Their stand should have laid the platform for a total over 300, but the innings lost its way going from 207 for 4 to 228 for 9 - the run out of Stuart Thompson following a mix-up, followed later in the over by the dismissal of Singh stalling the innings.

However, the depth of the side was showed by excellent cameos down the order, with Barry McCarthy (20) and James Cameron-Dow (34*) clearing the ropes twice to give the momentum back to Ireland.

The Wolves are clearly benefitting from an increased match programme and with a further winter tour in the pipeline, there is much room for optimism.

AUDIO INTERVIEW WITH PETE JOHNSTON

https://www.cricketeurope.com/AUDIOVIDEO/2019/THEGALLERY/353615.mp3