GEORGE DOCKRELL grabbed his first five-wicket haul for Ireland in Belfast yesterday, but Namibia were well on top at the end of the first day of their InterContinental Cup clash at Stormont.
Although only 19, Dockrell was the senior bowler in the Ireland attack and he returned figures of 5-71 as Namibia were bowled out for 244.
But the three-times winners did not have everything their own way in this first game of the first-class IC Cup and were struggling on 75-4 at the close.
The absence of Boyd Rankin and Trent Johnston did not dissuade stand-in captain Kevin O'Brien from choosing to bowl and he was rewarded with two wickets from John Mooney.
Dockrell bowled Namibia captain Gerrie Snyman with his second ball and again struck the timber to claim his next two wickets. Crucially, though, Dockrell saw Louis van der Westhuizen dropped on 14 and the Namibia top scorer was given another life in the deep before Alex Cusack held on to remove him for 65.
A plumb lbw verdict brought Dockrell his fifth wicket and a victim each for off-spinners Paul Stirling and Andrew White wrapped up the innings.
The home side's prospects of claiming the six points on offer for gaining a first-innings lead were not helped when Stirling fell to a catch at long leg.
Cusack was bowled two overs later, Gary Wilson edged to second slip and after Andrew Poynter had unluckily played on Ireland were happy to reach stumps without further damage.
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