Chase shines before rain falls
Peter Chase added to his growing reputation with three wickets at his home club Malahide yesterday before the first one-day international in the tri-series, between Ireland and Bangladesh, had to be abandoned as a draw.
Chase struck twice in his opening burst before swapping ends to claim a third victim thanks to a superb Niall O'Brien catch, and fellow youngster Barry McCarthy grabbed the other wicket to fall as rain ended play with Bangladesh on 157-4 after 31.1 overs.
While there was frustration that Ireland had to relinquish a potentially match-winning position against a Test-playing side after their disappointing pair of defeats in England, there was also excitement at the announcement of a new assistant coach.
Rob Cassell might just have picked the perfect moment to sign a three-year contract to become John Bracewell's right-hand man: crucially the bowling coach charged with developing Ireland's promising youngsters.
The 34-year-old Aussie is credited with helping South Australia to two Sheffield Shield finals during a five-year stint, and seems to have plenty to work with.
Chase has shown that at 23 he is ready to fulfil his potential as he took wickets in both games in England and returned 3-33 from six overs yesterday, while McCarthy (24) has some spirit about him and looks a born wicket-taker.
"I'm am reliably informed that within two seasons in the role as South Australia bowling coach, Rob turned their attack into the best in the country," Bracewell said.
Ireland take on New Zealand at Malahide tomorrow in the second match of the series.
- Ireland v New Zealand, Live, EirSport, tomorrow, 10.45