Skipper Harry Tector led from the front but he got no support as Ireland Wolves crashed to a second successive seven wickets defeat against Namibia in Pretoria yesterday.

Tector’s 72 was four times as many as the next best batsman and with only two other players scrambling into double figures, Wolves were bowled out inside 40 overs for 149.

That proved no problem for a confident Eagles side who had emphatically claimed the series victory by the start of the 27th over.

Gary Wilson was missing again through illness and Curtis Campher, who has made an instant impression in his first games in Ireland colours injured his wrist when falling in a collision when he was batting in Wednesday’s match and was another absentee. Mike Frost, the 18-year-old left arm spinner was also given his second game of the tour, in place of James Cameron-Dow.

Tector came to the middle at the end of the eighth over - two balls later the Wolves were 28-3 when his brother, Jack, was bowled – and was last man out having faced 93 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes.

Only three boundaries came at the other end in a desperately disappointing batting display, the last five wickets falling for 22. But the bowlers never gave up, trying to defend the impossible and the captain brought himself on as an eighth bowler with many struggling in the heat.

The tour ends on Saturday with a 50-over game against a Northern Titans Select and then Harry Tector, Delany, Dockrell, Getkate, Little, Wilson and Young all fly straight to India to join up with the senior squad for their three-match series against Afghanistan in India.

Cara Murray is back in the Ireland Women’s squad, named yesterday, for a quadrangular tournament in Thailand, also involving Netherlands, Zimbabwe and the host.
The Waringstown slow bowler missed out on the T20 World Cup qualifiers last summer but has a chance to stake her claim for a place in the 50-over World Cup qualifiers, which take place in Sri Lanka in July.

Pace bowler Louise McCarthy, who last played in 2017, is also recalled but vice-captain Kim Garth misses out for personal reasons.

However, although they have announced the squad, Ireland’s participation in the tournament, from April 3-11, remains in doubt because of the coronovirus outbreak which is currently affecting the region.