Australia A 312-9 (Smith 133, Sorensen 5-50) v
Stormont, day two
Report by Ryan Bailey
Max Sorensen claimed his maiden first-class five-wicket haul before heavy rain left both sides frustrated on the second day of Ireland’s game with Australia A in Belfast.
The tourists added 64 runs to their overnight total and reached 312 for nine before they left the field as the forecasted rain began to fall, forcing the umpires to call stumps shortly after 4pm.
In the play that was possible, Ireland took full advantage of the second new ball to finally break the seventh-wicket partnership between Steve Smith (133) and James Pattinson (66).
24-year-old Smith continued his impressive innings with three textbook boundaries to bring up the 150 partnership with Pattinson but fell shortly after to Trent Johnston.
Pattinson then reached a deserved half-century as dark clouds began to form over Stormont but became Sorensen’s fifth victim with a thin edge behind before Nathan Lyon fell for just two.
Debutant Fawed Ahmed strode to the middle but before he could face a ball, the rain descended bringing play to a halt.
The forecast for the next two days is much more favourable when Ireland will face a tough task against the much-vaunted Australian bowling attack.
Australian-born veteran Johnston was quick to praise his new ball partner at the close of play.
"Max brings an extra dimension to our bowling attack - he has a good bit of pace, is fit and and will run in all day," he said.
“So he is exactly was a captain wants and he has come on leaps and bounds. We did okay coming out this morning and getting the wickets we needed too," he added.
Play is scheduled to resume at 11am on Sunday.
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