Tuesday 17 October 2017

Ireland's big guns fail to fire for clubs

 

Kevin O’Brien plays his first game today since returning home early from Ireland’s tour of India. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Kevin O’Brien plays his first game today since returning home early from Ireland’s tour of India. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ian Callender

Leinster's big guns were keeping their powder dry ahead of today's opening inter-provincial of the season against the North West Warriors at Milverton (10.45).

Kevin O'Brien plays his first game today since returning home early from Ireland's tour of India. None of the Ireland batsmen reached 50 for their clubs over the weekend, but the pace bowling is firing, with Josh Little and Peter Chase both claiming four-wicket hauls.

The Hills are the new leaders of Division 1 after their five-wicket victory over North County. Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin set up the chase of 218 with 73 and an unbroken partnership of 55 between Albert van der Merwe and Naseer Shoukat won it with 17 balls to spare.

Ed Joyce scored just 13 on his Merrion return but a John Blakeney century and 96 by Jamie Brown ensured a comfortable 104-run win over Balbriggan.

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