HARRY Tector and Gareth Delany scored half centuries for Ireland Wolves but the tourists had to be satisfied with a share of the first two Twenty20 games against Namibia in SuperSport Park, Centurion.
Captain Tector (below) scored 75 not out in the first game but the west Africans chased down their target of 178 with three wickets and two balls to spare.
Fellow senior international Delany came out on the winning side after scoring 69 from 36 balls in the afternoon game as the Wolves bowlers defended 170.
Josh Little, one of nine full internationals who played in the second game, was the only bowler not to take a wicket, but the left arm pace man was the best on view, conceding 13 runs in his four overs.
With places up for grabs in the Ireland team which heads to India next month for three T20 internationals against Afghanistan, the 14-man squad are in the spotlight, and only Curtis Campher, the 20-year-old South African who holds an Irish passport, was not used in either match yesterday. He felt a tightness in his hamstring and was not risked so early in the tour.
Neil Rock, who kept wicket, and Jacob Mulder replaced Nathan McGuire and JJ Garth following the morning defeat and the bowlers were certainly much better for the earlier work-out.
There was not much to separate the two leg spinners, Garth and Mulder each picking up one wicket. Tyrone Kane was the only bowler to take two wickets in both games but impressed alongside Craig Young, who took three on the day.
Tector accelerated superbly in the morning game. After scoring just 11 off 15 balls, he finished with 75 from 39, with five fours and five sixes, and dominated the unbroken seventh wicket stand of 71 from 31 balls with Tyrone Kane, who faced just eight deliveries but finished the innings with a six.
Delany scored a run-a-ball 24 in the first game before he was caught on the leg side boundary, but that was just a warm-up for his superb innings in the afternoon when he hit nine fours and two sixes. He shared a third wicket stand of 95 with Stephen Doheny, who had flown in from his Sydney, where he has been spending our winter playing for Randwick Petersen.
The Rush batsman batted through the innings to finish 63 not out, maintaining the momentum as the Wolves lost four wickets for 26 runs after Delany had been caught.
Stuart Thompson scored 18 in the first match before holing out to mid-on and was stumped second ball in the afternoon when he didnít bowl.
The third of five T20s between the teams is on Friday.
1st T20: Ireland Wolves 177-6 (H Tector 75 not out, G Delany 24, S Thompson 18, S Doheny 18, S Getkate 18, T Kane 12 not out, N McGuire 10) Namibia 178-7 (19.4 overs, G Erasmus 63, N Eaton 40; C Young 2-20, T Kane 2-22 (2 overs), S Getkate 1-24 (2), J Little 1-27, JJ Garth 1-37). Namibia won by 3 wickets.
2nd T20: Wolves 170-7 (G Delany 69, S Doheny 63, S Getkate 11) Namibia 147-9 (G Erasmus 43; T Kane 2-23, S Getakte 2-31 (3), G Delany 1-11 (1), J Mulder 1-29, C Young 1-35). Ireland Wolves won by 23 runs.