Four half centuries from four different players was the perfect finale for Ireland Wolves yesterday as they completed a 4-1 series victory against Namibia in Pretoria.
Captain Harry Tector and Gareth Delany each reached the landmark during a 120-run partnership in the morning game which Ireland won with 11 balls to spare and Neil Rock and Curtis Campher followed up with an unbeaten 112 in the afternoon when the Wolves had six balls to spare in another seven wickets win.
Tector led the way with 91 from 47 balls (seven fours and 5 sixes) and although he was out in th 16th over with the Wolves still 33 short of their victory target of 183, Gareth Delany ensured a comfortable chase with an unbeaten 58 from 42 balls, ending the match with a six, the ball after Lorcan Tucker had also cleared the boundary.
Tector took a break after his innings and handed the captaincy to Tucker for the afternoon game but the international wasn’t required to bat as the young guns saw the Wolves home with plenty to spare.
Rock finished 58 not out from 33 balls and South African Campher carried on where he left off in the third game of the series on Friday to hit an undefeated 62 from 31 balls with five fours and four sixes.
Tyrone Kane was promoted to number three and was the fastest scorer of all with 36 from just 14 balls (four fours and a six) but there was more disappointment for young opener Nathan McGuire who had a top score of 12 in his three innings.
He still outscored Stuart Thompson who finished with a total of 21 from his three innings and, having played in the first four games, the new Civil Service North all-rounder was left out of the final game.
As Craig Young was also rested, after playing all four games, and Josh Little was ill, Academy player Mike Frost, who has been training with the squad, was drafted in for his Wolves debut in the afternoon game. The 18-year-old left arm spinner, who will play for Malahide this summer, bowled two overs for 21, with a small boundary.
Campher was hit for 26 runs in the 17th over, but he showed his character by bowling the 19th over and conceding only seven runs and coming either side of Jacob Mulder (three runs and a wicket) and Shane Getkate (four singles and a wicket) they proved match winning overs as the Wolves ran a wide in their last over to finish the match.
Getate also had the honour of dismissing Namibia’s best batsman of the series, Craig Williams, after 125 unbeaten runs.
Namibia 182-5 (C Williams 63, Z Green 44, N Davin 38; C Young 2-29, J Garth 1-22, S Getkate 1-31, C Campher 1-63)
Ireland Wolves 185-3 (H Tector 91, G Delany 58 not out, L Tucker 18 not out).
Wolves won by 7 wickets.
Namibia 206-5 (N Davin 73, K Birkenstock 69; J Mulder 1-32, G Delany 1-34 (3 overs), C Campher 1-40, S Getkate 1-40)
Ireland Wolves 207-3 (19 overs, C Campher 62 not out, N Rock 58 not out, T Kane 38, S Doheny 37).
Wolves won by 7 wickets and won series 4-1.