Graham Hume has been called up to an Ireland T20 squad for the first time as a replacement for his North West Warriors team-mate Craig Young, who has been ruled out of this week’s games against South Africa in Bristol.
Oung was allowed to play against Munster Reds in Friday’s final interprovincial game of the season at Pembroke despite suffering from a sore pelvis, and after his opening went over 16 he was not called up again. The North Down Pace Bowler is now awaiting a scan.
Hume made his Ireland debut in the last one-day international against New Zealand at Malahide but the Waringstown all-rounder was not selected for the T20 series against the Black Caps at Stormont the following week.
The Irish side flew to Bristol yesterday and got a taste of what they can expect this week – with matches taking place on Wednesday and Friday – as South Africa clinched a 2-1 T20 series win over England by an emphatic 90-round -Success in the decider completed in the Ageas Bowl.
Mystery left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi took five wickets for 24 as England ejected for 101 in the 17th over after Reeza Hendricks and Adrian Markram both hit 50s on a 140 batting average and David Miller then 22 from nine balls crashed as the Proteas finished at 191 for five.
David Willey took three wickets for England and Johnny Bairstow scored the highest with 27, albeit 30 balls.
Meanwhile, an incredible collapse in the Dragons gave the Typhoons their first Super 50 Cup win yesterday at Seapark.
Responding to Typhoons’ 233-9, the predominantly Northern Ireland side went 205-3 to a second win with more than 10 overs to go. But just 21 balls later they had lost their last seven wickets for 11 runs, with South African pro Robyn Searle winning four wickets.
Although Amy Hunter was caught for two by her international captain Laura Delany, Sarah Forbes and Orla Prendergast both hit half centuries to put the Dragons in control of the hunt, but Forbes’ dismissal in the 40th run caught by Searle , proved the beginning of The End with the last six batters scoring just three singles between them.
Delany, who relinquished the captaincy of Typhoon to Rebecca Stokell, dominated the first innings with 83 unbeaten runs, including 11 fours. Her first 50 hit 54 balls, but with perfect acceleration, she only needed 18 balls on her next 33 runs, including 13 from the last over.
At the other end there were four run outs and five Dragons bowlers including Cara Murray, Amy Caulfield and Zara Craig all took a wicket.
Results: Typhoon 233-9 (50 overs, L Delany 83 not out, R Searle 45, M Waldron 22) Dragons 216 (43 overs, S Forbes 65, O Prendergast 57, A Kelly 33, L Paul 30; R Searle 4- 32, L Delany 2-14, L Little 2-24). Typhoons won by 17 runs.