Ireland got a massive hiding today against Gloucestershire, As Gloucs batted first making 248 in their 50 overs, Ireland could only manage 63 in their reply…. I am not that interested in the poor performance of Ireland in comparison to Nantie hayward….He picked up 3 wickets for 63 runs in 10
He has now played 3 games and averaged 22.85 a fantastic average for a bowler, HOWEVER his economy is 6.15!!!! That is scary, its not Pro20 its a 50 over game and if he had to bowl all 50 overs teams would score well in excess of 300 runs!!!
Essex batted first against Kent, making 234 Andre Nel contributed 6* whilst Andrew Hall picked 2-31 in 8, Ryan Mclaren 3-56 in 10. Hall came in at 3 for Kent, managing 7 off 16, whilst Martin van Jaarsveld wasnt much better, getting 14 off 29. Nel went for 42 and picked up Geraint Jones who opened the batting.
Lancashire posted 289/3 in their 50 overs. Van der Wath and Klusener both went for 50, van der wath 2-50 in 10 and Klusener 0-51 in 9. Northamptonshire got to 100-3 after 21 and lost by 20 runs on the Duckworth Lewis system.
Leicestershire faced Scotland who made 255 in their first innings. Arno Jacobs made 49 for Scotland. Langeveldt was wicketless in his 10 overs conceding 46 runs. HD Ackerman ensured that a South African scored a half century, making 51 in his innings and finding some good form. Leicestershire won the match by 4 wickets off the final ball.
Somerset faced Ireland, and Nantie Hayward did exactly as predicted and expected going for 60 off his 10 but picking up 3 wickets, lack of consistency has cost him at the international level, but maybe with age will come wisdom.
In my last post I mentioned that Scotland had managed to get hold of Arno Jacobs for the Friends Provident trophy. He has already played his first game, which was not as successful as he would have liked, but there is a long season ahead. The recent big news is that Hayward has been signed by Ireland, also for the Friends Provident Trophy. I am not sure if Ireland have struggled to find players or they see something in Hayward that the rest of us are missing.
Hayward had an average of 31.74 and went for 4.6 an over in the recent MTN domestic championship. He is a player that can delight or disgust without ever giving either the luxury of consistency. It will be interesting to see how he performs as he is one of few South Africans with genuine pace, and a fierce attitude.