Ireland v Australia A, Belfast, 3rd day

Stirling outgunned by Maddinson as Australia take hold

June 16, 2013

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Australia A 312 for 9 dec. and 174 for 0 dec. (Maddinson 113*, Doolan 56*) lead Ireland 186 for 4 dec. (Stirling 115, White 40*) and 51 for 3 (Henriques 2-7) by 249 runs
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Paul Stirling's rapid fifty set up Sylhet Royals' win, Barisal Burners v Sylhet Royals, BPL 2012-13, Mirpur, January 18, 2013
Paul Stirling transferred his one-day hitting to red ball cricket © BCB
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A dramatic day of three declarations and two stunning centuries ended with Australia A in the ascendancy. Ireland, 51 for 3, need a further 250 for victory.

Crucially, one of the Ireland wickets to fall on the third evening was first innings centurion Paul Stirling, who was unable to repeat his magnificent display earlier in the day.

Following the Australians' overnight declaration 22 year-old Stirling took a distinct liking to pace bowler James Pattinson, dispatching him for three boundaries in the first over which set the tone for another remarkable hundred - his 8th for Ireland.

Stirling dominated the proceedings to such an extent that when he reached his half century off just 44 balls, with 10 fours and a six, the scoreboard read 58 for 3, which included six extras.

Stirling found a willing partner in Andrew White, who excels in the longer format of the game. White was content to play second fiddle to the belligerent Stirling who hit 17 fours and a six. While the maximum was somewhat inadvertent, there was nothing fortunate about the other boundaries - many of which were magnificent cover drives and square cuts.

His innings ended on 115 from 142 balls, when he was smartly stumped by Brad Haddin from the impressive Nathan Lyon who conceded just 34 runs in 16 overs.

Debutant Fawed Ahmed went wicketless but following a nervous start he bowled with enough variety and control to suggest that he may indeed represent the senior Australian side before the summer ends.

Ireland captain Kevin O'Brien declared their at tea, 126 in arrears, in an move designed to take the game forward after most of Saturday was washed out.

What followed was a brutal assault by New South Wales opener Nic Maddinson. He made Stirling's innings look positively pedestrian by smashing 113 from just 63 balls, which included 13 fours and 6 sixes.

His partnership with Alex Doolan was worth 174 in just 122 balls before skipper Brad Haddin called off the carnage with the lead exactly 300.

And his bowlers responded before the close as Moises Henriques dismissed John Anderson and Alex Cusack after Pattinson had made the initial breakthrough as Stirling edged through to Haddin.

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Posted by loki897 on (June 17, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

I meet the Australian Players today!

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

Excellent work from Agar to put a big dent in the Irish innings early on. Following the comms I also noted that Stirling was dropped by Haddin early on off Agar's bowling and on another occasion only just cleared a leaping mid on, so clearly he was causing plenty of problems. Whether he breaks into the test side now or later he seems a serious prospect.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

bobagorof, Maddinson's career best innings of 154 (10 innings ago, you only evaluated his last 8 innings), was at a strike rate of 67. I watched that innings, it was a superb knock, and he showed good defence when required.

Posted by Matt. on (June 17, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

I agree with you @bobagorof. I see it as more of a worrying sign that Maddinson scored a century in this fashion. It's hard to judge without seeing it, as perhaps they were just bad balls that were there to hit, but Australia really need patient batsmen at the moment, the likes of Warner and Hughes just aren't working out. I hope Maddinson doesn't fall into the same category

Posted by Mitty2 on (June 17, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

Good way to look at the negatives @bobagorof! Although, I do agree with you and it's just yet another example of how the young Australian 'up and coming' batsmen play, with Silk and Burns being the only exceptions. Doolan of course, at 27, is more traditional but his FC record is still relatively mediocre. I was amazed at how they selected Maddison instead of Burns... But I think it was because Burns was signed to a county.

Anyway, good innings from Maddinson, looks a huge talent - looked through the commentary and barely gave a chance - and a match winner. Hopefully we don't rush him in and dump him forever when he fails.

Posted by reddawn1975 on (June 17, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

Yeah i think young Agar should be in the starting 11 in the Australian side i think he has excellent skill and control and well he can Bat as well.Great to see Maddinson go off the lad can bat that's for sure

Posted by bobagorof on (June 17, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

A breathtaking knock no doubt from Maddinson in some unusual circumstances for a first-class game, but I'm a bit concerned by it in the larger context. Maddinson has a number of times made scores through attacking the bowling (in first class and shorter forms) but doesn't seem to be able to compile a score batting patiently. I'm worried that he's learning to become a blaster with no real defense. His recent first-class innings: 5 (9) and 28 (44) against South Australia, 76 (67) and 17 (18) against Victoria, 10 (15) and 41* (17) against South Australia, and now 6 (16) and 113 (63) against Ireland. Only one score above 15 in his last 8 FC innings with a strike rate less than 90, and that one was still 63. Worryingly, there's a failure (under 20) in each match.

Posted by JassimA on (June 17, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

How many more matches do the ICC need to see to confirm that Ireland is a competitive side! If there worried about revenues , the Irish are among the best fans in the world. The interest in the game will just increase by giving them Test status. As of now, the plan is 2020 Test Status, I think Ireland should continue what they are doing now, playing ODIs t20 against member nations and play test cricket against A sides. Its all about match practice and I hope ICC can fastrack their test status , 2016 perhaps ?

Posted by cricket2011 on (June 17, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

Why did Ireland declare first innings at 186/4d ? I think it is not a good decision , lost opportunity to bat against Australian bowlers for Irish young players.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (June 17, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

As an Aussie I agree with SImon Power. Ireland is given no opportunity at all to show if they are ready for test cricket. The current system will always cause mass player exodus as players seek opportunity to play at the highest level. Add Dockrell, Rankin, Morgan and maybe others to there team and they will be as competetive as some other nations with test credentials. However, without the opportunity to play more international cricket against the top flight, the defection of players is never going to give them the opportunity to show what they are really capable off.

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