Balbirnie catches selectors' eyes with stunning ton
Andrew Balbirnie and Peter Chase gave the World Cup selectors a nudge at Malahide yesterday as Ireland 'A' cruised to a 10-wicket victory over the MCC.
Pembroke and Middlesex all-rounder Balbirnie stroked 140 not out from only 110 balls, including 15 fours and three sixes, to help a second-string Ireland side overhauled the visitors' 235-9 with 16.5 overs to spare. Chris Dougherty was unbeaten on 82 from 91 balls.
Equally as impressive was tall, fast bowler Chase, who took 5-39 on his home ground. The 20-year-old was one of three pacemen Cricket Ireland sent to Australia for coaching with Craig McDermott during the winter and the experience is beginning to pay off.
Although Balbirnie is the more likely of the two to make Ireland's 15-man squad for the World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand next spring, Chase's wickets caught the eye as the search goes on to replace the retired Trent Johnston in the national side.