The spoils were shared between Ireland Wolves and Namibia in their two opening T20 encounters at Centurion Park.

The sides were using the same pitch that England and South Africa ha served up a high scoring feast on Sunday, and the batters found it also too their liking on Tuesday.

None more so than Wolves skipper Harry Tector who rescued his side from a precarious 101 for 6 in the opening encounter.

The YMCA all-rounder cleared the ropes five times in a hard-hit unbeaten 75 from just 39 balls to take his side to 177 for 6.

He dominated an unbroken 7th wicket partnership of 71 in 31 balls with Merrion's Tyrone Kane (12*), while there were also double figure cameos from Gareth Delany (24), Nathan McGuire (10) and a trio who all made 18 - Shane Getkate, Stuart Thompson and Stephen Doheny.

Craig Young (2-20) and Tyrone Kane (2-22) took early wickets, but Namibia got over the line in the final over to win by three wickets.

The win was due primarily to skipper Gerhard Erasmus who clubbed 5 sixes in a blistering 63 from just 35 balls, sharing a fourth wicket stand of 80 with Nicol Loftie-Eaton (40).


The second match saw another impressive batting display by Pete Johnston's young side, who brought in Neil Rock and Jacob Mulder to make full use of the squad.

South African Curtis Campher wasn't risked though with a tight hamstring, and will have to await a while longer to make his Irish debut.

The total of 170 for 7 was dominated by a third wicket partnership of 95 between Rush opener Stephen Doheny and Leinster's Gareth Delany who both scored half centuries.

Doheny carried his bat making an unbeaten 63 from 51 balls (6 fours, 1 six), while Delany was at his attacking best in a whirlwind 69 from only 36 balls (9 fours, 2 sixes).

Delany then removed Davin in the first over, and despite attacking innings by Erasmus (43) and Craig Williams (25), Ireland kept taking wickets at crucial times to seal the 23-run victory.

Tyrone Kane (2-23) and Shane Getkate (2-31) both claimed a brace, while the contribution of Josh Little who conceded just 13 runs from his four overs shouldn't be underestimated.

The teams meet again in the third game of the series on Friday.