McKay bowls at McDonald

Can you remember an instance when a player bowled at his new Head Coach? Well that is exactly the scenario when Sydney Thunder took on Melbourne Stars in the KFC Big Bash on Saturday (January 17).

When new Leicestershire Head Coach Andrew McDonald came to the wicket, Thunder were in all kinds of trouble on 9-3 with key men Jacques Kallis, Daniel Hughes and Jason Roy back in the pavilion.

Leicestershire paceman Clint McKay was later introduced and sent down seven deliveries to McDonald with our new Head Coach scoring six runs and picking up a couple of leg byes.

McDonald shared 59 with Aiden Blizzard as the Thunder recovered but the all-rounder was eventually bowled for 23 by spinner Michael Beer. Thunder finished with 106-8, McKay ending with fine figures of 2-14 from three overs.

Kevin Pietersen then smashed 67 not out off 42 balls as the Stars cruised home by eight wickets with 33 balls to spare - so the bowler got one over his coach on this occasion!

* Niall O'Brien made 33 but Ireland lost for the first time in the Dubai Triangular Series on Saturday (January 17). Afghanistan posted 246-8 before bowling Ireland out for 175 to claim a 71-run triumph.

Scotland had an emphatic 150-run win against Afghanistan on Thursday (January 15). The new ball attack of Josh Davey (6-28) and Iain Wardlaw (4-22) took all of the wickets between them as Afghanistan were bowled out for 63 in reply to Scotland's 213-7. Rob Taylor was rested after playing the first two matches as Scotland rotated their 15-man squad ahead of the World Cup.

Ireland were due to meet Scotland on Monday, January 19 but the match was abandoned without a ball bowled. That meant Ireland won the tournament after picking up five points from four games. Afghanistan collected four points and Scotland finished with three in a tournament that was a big aid to the countries' World Cup preparation.