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The next big thing in irish cricket, Harry Tector

Andrew Balbirnie, the captain of Ireland’s cricket team, expressed his belief that Harry Tector has the potential to become one of the greats in Irish cricket. Tector showcased his talent with a remarkable innings of 140 runs from 113 balls against Bangladesh in a closely contested match in Chelmsford.

Despite Tector’s outstanding performance, Ireland fell short of victory as Bangladesh secured a thrilling three-wicket win in the final over of the match, thanks to Najmul Hossain Shanto’s century.

Batting under challenging conditions and facing the superb new-ball spell of Hasan Mahmud, Tector displayed his power-hitting ability by smashing an Ireland-record ten sixes, including three in an over off Taijul Islam, reaching his half-century in just 52 balls.

Tector continued to accelerate, particularly during a crucial partnership of 115 runs from 68 balls with George Dockrell (74 not out from 47). In a rain-affected match reduced to 45 overs per side, Bangladesh faced a demanding target of 320, with Mushfiqur Rahim’s composure guiding them to a narrow victory.

At the age of 23, this marked Tector’s fourth One-Day International (ODI) century in his last nine innings, dating back to Ireland’s series against New Zealand in July 2022. His impressive performances also extend to the Test arena, where he recently notched up two half-centuries on his debut against Bangladesh.

Speaking highly of Tector, Balbirnie emphasized his consistent contributions to the team, particularly in 50-over cricket. Balbirnie regarded Tector’s innings as one of the finest he has witnessed in Irish colors for a limited-overs match, and he expressed his hope that Tector’s success continues to benefit the team’s progress.

Although Ireland missed out on automatic qualification for the 2023 ODI World Cup due to a washout in a previous match, Balbirnie found solace in the fact that they played well in the face of strong opposition. He regarded their upcoming qualifiers, both in the 50-over and T20 formats, as the focal points for the team and expressed a desire to enjoy the challenges ahead and entertain the fans with their style of play.

The defeat, despite a valiant effort, did not dampen the spirits of the Irish team. Balbirnie took pride in the passionate support from the crowd, which included enthusiastic Bangladesh fans, even though the match was played at a neutral venue. He appreciated the energy and noise generated by the fans and acknowledged the positive impact it had on the players.

Looking ahead, Balbirnie acknowledged that the team’s focus is already shifting towards the World Cup qualifiers and the T20 qualifiers, both of which hold significant importance in their calendar. While keeping an eye on the future, the team aims to embrace the challenges and play an entertaining brand of cricket that will captivate audiences.

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