Ireland v Australia A, Belfast, 2nd day June 15, 2013

Sorensen bags five before rain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia A 312 for 9 (Smith 133, Pattinson 66, Sorensen 5-50, Johnston 4-68) v Ireland

Max Sorensen completed his maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket during the 16 overs possible before rain wiped out the second day against Australia A in Belfast.

The Australians reached 312 for 9 when the players were forced off and they did not return before play was called off at 4pm. Steve Smith and James Pattinson took their seventh-wicket stand to 157 while Sorensen and Trent Johnston shared the nine wickets to fall.

As had been the case on the opening day the new ball did the damage. Smith had moved to 133 when he edged a delivery from Johnston that nipped away.

Pattinson reached his half-century from 108 balls but three overs after Smith's departure he edged Sorensen to give him his notable haul. Sorensen was also involved in the ninth wicket when he held the catch offered by Nathan Lyon and that was the last action of the day.

The rain meant that the appearance of legspinner Fawad Ahmed was delayed but the forecast for the final two days is more settled.

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  • Joe on June 16, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    This just proves Ireland are ready to be part of the elite. Though Australia A haven't exactly fielded their best 11, neither have Ireland and still they have been competitive. I reckon Ireland are around the level of New Zealand.

  • Virendra on June 16, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    I hope there is more play on day 3 and 4 . Want to see how ireland bat against a very good Australian attack . Cricket Australia please give more games to Ireland.

  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    This is shaping up to be a good match. If one goes and pokes around the stats of the Ireland team you will find they are a better bunch than their reputation would suggest. For ex, most of the bowlers average around 20 in FC and there are a few batsmen who average around 40 in FC as well. I also think it is odd that Sayers was left out. Perhaps the selectors are using this opportunity to choose a spinner who is in form. Lyon was unacceptably expensive vs Scotland and I can see his place being under serious threat if Agar or Fawad can step up.

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