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.