Claremont Cricket Club spinner makes Test debut

File image: James Cameron-Dow.

Former Claremont Cricket Club captain James Cameron-Dow debuted in Test match cricket on Friday.

Cameron-Dow was awarded a maiden Test cap on day one of Ireland’s one-off fixture against Afghanistan at the┬áRajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun, India.

He gathered nine runs at 10th position in the batting order, as the Irish were bowled out for 172 prior to the tea interval – and will partner fellow specialist spinners George Dockrell and Andy McBrine during Afghanistan’s first innings.

Cameron-Dow captained Claremont Cricket Club in the premier league as recently as the 2017-18 Western Province Cricket Association season.

“When I came back to Northern Ireland last season, I thought it would take a while to get back bowling,’ he told Cricket Europe in early March.

“In 2017, I was captaining Claremont Cricket Club in Cape Town and, as we had a very good leg-spinner, I chose to open the batting and not bowl. So when I returned, playing for Ireland was not my main goal.

‘I was actually looking to the upcoming season, hoping I would have a good one with the Northern Knights and see where that took me.”

Left-arm spinner Cameron-Dow welcomed an ODI series debut against Afghanistan earlier this month, too. He took five wickets in four matches at an average of 30.20 – and economy rate of 4.87.