Bready and Sussex seam bowler Craig Young enjoyed a dream full international debut as Ireland dominated the first day of their Intercontinental Cup tie with Scotland in Dublin on Wednesday.
Young, whose career has been married by injury, took four wickets at Clontarf as the Scots collapsed to just 138 all out on a rain-affected day.
Young’s fellow North West seamer, Graeme McCarter of Gloucestershire, also took three wickets in a proud day for the union.
By the close Ireland had advanced to 35 without loss in just six overs, with captain Wiliam Porterfield unbeaten on 23.
Ireland were on top from the start with Young taking the key wickets of Freddie Coleman, Preston Mommsen and Richie Berrington on his way to figures of four for 53.
McCarter conceded just 13 runs in a 12-over spell that included the wickets of Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal and Iain Wardlaw.
The Scottish total of 138 did amount to a recovery of sorts because the visitors had been 68 for seven before a defiant eighth-wicket partnership between Safyaan Sharif and Iqbal took them past three figures.
Young was relieved to be in Irish colours at long last. “Today was a long time coming. It was the hardest winter I have done, not knowing what lay ahead,” he said.
“It was nice to be called in. I knew what I wanted to do and it’s brilliant to be back. I had stress fractures in my back in 2011 and I had stress facture in my hip last year. The specialist didn’t know why I had got it, because it’s not common in cricket, and with a stress fracture there’s nothing you can do, you are out of the game for six months.
“It focused me a lot more and watching younger guys coming through made me adamant in what I wanted to do.
“The only benefit with injuries is making you focus on your action and on getting better. If I keep working hard and asking questions you never know what the future holds. At the minute I just want to concentrate on this match.”