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Harry Tector looks primed to become Ireland’s next top batsman after match-winning display in Jamaica

Ed Joyce, Eoin Morgan, Paul Stirling . . . it now looks like Harry Tector will become the next great Irish batter after he steered the Boys in Green to a five-wicket victory over the West Indies on Thursday in Jamaica, levelling the series.

ector is in a golden trot of form in one-day internationals, making scores of 30 not out, 58, 25, 79, 29, 50, 55, 13no, 53 and 54no in his last ten innings, and he has been at the crease when Ireland have secured four of their five World Cup Super League wins.

The 22-year-old does not have the sheer class of Joyce, the innovation of Morgan or the power of Stirling, but his cool head is an equally impressive attribute, as he has shown with back-to-back half-centuries at Sabina Park.

If a thick edge from Tector had not carried to third man in the first game, Ireland would likely have had the series won before the final match tomorrow, such was their domination of the former world champions for long periods in both games.

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“I can’t give high enough praise to Harry – he’s been in world-class form,” stand-in skipper Stirling said. “He keeps backing up performance after performance, and that’s all we can ask.

“We’ve got a small-enough pool of players, so when people like Harry stand up like that at a young age – he’s only going to get better and better.

“I really look forward to seeing where he’s at in five years.

“The win means a lot,” Stirling added. “We’re delighted with how the lads responded, coming from a tough loss the other day where we were in the game a lot of the time, and to put on a performance like this after the off-field activities that have gone on.”

Meanwhile, Harry Tector’s younger brother Tim will captain Ireland U-19s against Uganda in Guyana today at the start of their World Cup campaign, with the tougher challenges of India and South Africa to come next week.

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