Ireland v Australia A, Belfast, 4th day June 17, 2013

Henriques four sees off Ireland

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Australia A 312 for 9 dec (Smith 133, Sorensen 5-50) and 174 for 0 dec (Maddinson 113*) beat Ireland 186 for 4 dec (Stirling 115) and 207 (Poynter 63, Henriques 4-22) by 93 runs

After three competitive days, Ireland were overturned on the final day in Belfast as Moises Henriques' four wickets bowled Australia A to a 93-run victory.

The margin of victory threatened to be much wider as Ireland slipped to 112 for 7 chasing 301 to win but Stuart Poynter made 63 at No. 9 to give the scoreboard respectability, which Ireland had earned with a good account of themselves.

Poynter, in-form after 172 for MCC Young Cricketers earlier this month, played with a maturity and confidence which belied his 22 years. He struck nine boundaries in a 79-ball stay and, with his former Ireland Under-19 world cup colleague Stuart Thompson, made the Australians work for the final wickets.

Poynter and Thompson shared an eighth wicket stand of 70 in 17 overs before Thompson became the third of three wickets for offspinner Nathan Lyon when he was trapped lbw for 23.

Lyon had made the initial breakthrough on day four, after the morning session was lost to rain, having Andrew White well caught by Nic Maddinson at short leg off bat and pad.

James Shannon followed in identical fashion just eight runs later, and when Henriques removed John Mooney for a duck and Kevin O'Brien for 10 in quick succession, Ireland had lost four wickets for just 20 runs. But Poynter and Thompson ensured Ireland were not embarrassed.

They might have hoped to get closer to the target but their chase was hampered on the third evening when they slipped to 38 for 3. Shannon and White managed to take the total to 98 for 3 but the introduction of Lyon put paid to their hopes.

Lyon's potential rival for an Ashes spot, legspinner Fawad Ahmed, took his first wicket in Australian colours when Trent Johnston was lbw for 5 and the match was wrapped up when Poynter's cameo ended when he gave wicketkeeper Brad Haddin his fifth catch of the innings - Peter Siddle finally getting the reward that his display deserved.

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  • Andrew on June 19, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Good work out for Oz. The bowlers did fairly well, but the best bit was, some batsmen put their hands up (Smith, Doolan, Maddinson).

  • Dummy4 on June 18, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    I don't think there can be any denying that Ireland A can be happy with this performance. It might have been up against Aus 'A' but a bowling attack containing Pattinson, Siddle and Lyon is test strength. The fact that Ireland declared in their first innings must also be taken into account.

    @Chris_P, agreed on Mo.H. Its always going to take longer for full blown allrounders to round out their game though I reckon, he is certainly looking better and better all the time now though. I just hope he can get his batting to a level where we'd be picking him as a no.6 batsman alone.

  • Virendra on June 18, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    @Jason83....NZ has been playing cricket for last 90+ years but they are still too much behind others..Ireland till 2005 did not had 11 fultime players. ...Neways I like NZ team....Coming to this march Stuart Poynter seems to be a good batsman...The second day was washed and Ire dec 126 runs behind with 6 wickets in hand . If not It could have been a draw...Neverthless thanks CA for this opportunity.

  • Jason on June 18, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    @ English Cricket: Did Ireland perform as well as NZ performed in NZ only a couple of months ago?? Answer: NO!

  • Joe on June 18, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Well clearly Ireland team with key players missing as well were the far better test fr this Australian A side than Scotland. Test Cricket right now only has 2 world class teams - England and South Africa. The rest struggle from all sorts of levels and Ireland are probably at or around the same level of Bangladesh or New Zealand right now where they have the rights to play Test Cricket. But Ireland doesn't have a first class structure.

  • ronan on June 18, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    "Nearly beat another Test side"?? Sorry fella, I'm Irish and the boys played pretty well, but they were smashed and not by a Test side but by a shockingly unbalanced "A" side which fielded just 4 specialist batsmen and 3 spinners. Aus A scored 54 runs per wicket for the game whereas Ireland scored 28 runs per wicket. That is a hiding.

  • Dummy4 on June 18, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Well played Ireland, while missing their county stars of Dockrell, Joyce, Niall O'B, Wilson, Murtagh etc we still managed to nearly beat another Test side in a longer format of the game.

    Seeing Stirling treat Pattinson to some hitting he isn't used to was a breathe of fresh air, there is really something rather special about this Irish side and the talent is there in the youth players and we will only get better.

    Could you imagine what we could do if given the funding the full members receive

  • Jason on June 18, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Crazy innings from Maddinson. Im hoping that he (in 2 years) can combine patience with the aggression that he already poses and solves the opening problem that Cowan and Warner have got us into. Also: Is anyone else REALLY excited about Agar? I think he performances are already better than Lyon and Doherty and they got games. He can also seriously bat and field. Having said that, I hope we dont promote him for higher honers for like Maddinson, two years. He need to toil in Shield cricket for a while to let them know that advantageous conditions wont necessarily help you when your stuck in the field in India for 3 straight days.

  • Terry on June 18, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Good to see Doolan get runs in both innings. But for the idea of having an embargo on Sheffield Shield cricket at the peak of the season for the BBL he may well have continued his early season form and be in the Test team. He HAS to be a better Test prospect than thrashers like Warner and Hughes. THIS is the sort of thing that is handicapping Test batting ...... isnt Test cricket SUPPOSED to be the priority? Ireland do need to be given more respect and more games too.

  • Peter on June 18, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    I have to add that this Irish team can form the basis of a very strong competitive team for the future. Even at this early stage, Ireland is going to be far more competitive than BD (at test level) simply through a better infrastructure within their their grass-roots level. The Bangladeshis, while veyr talented are not being supported by their board in preparing them for the toughness required for tests.

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