Poynter century not enough to catch Sri Lanka
Stuart Poynter struck his first century for Ireland in Belfast yesterday, but his 109 was in vain as Sri Lanka A held on to record a 28-run victory in the first of three 50-over clashes.
Wicketkeeper Poynter lifted two sixes and hammered 11 fours in an 88-ball innings that was great entertainment, but could only help Ireland to 255-9, well short of the visitors' 283 all out.
On the day Andrew White won a record 227th cap for Ireland there was little else to cheer for an understrength home side.
White, one of the few Ireland players with a full-time job away from cricket, overtook his close friend and fellow schoolteacher Kyle McCallan when he led the Ireland team onto the field.
The ceremony was quickly forgotten as Sri Lanka raced away to 283, blighted only by Eddie Richardson's impressive figures of 5-61.
Craig Young took 2-62, while Malahide's Peter Chase claimed 1-60 from eight overs. White pitched in with 2-42 from 10 overs.
Andy Balbirnie gave the reply a kick start with a six and two fours, but when the Middlesex all-rounder was caught for 37 the chase stalled until Poynter launched his onslaught.
With not one survivor from the team that lost to Sri Lanka in May, it is hard to see anything but two further defeats in the three-match series.