Ireland give India a fright as brothers in arms shine
The McClintock brothers from Donemana gave India a scare in Ireland's opening game at the Under 19 World Cup before the tournament favourites completed a 79 runs victory in Mirpur, Bangladesh.
First Gary took a wicket as India collapsed to 55 for four and then William hit 58 with five fours and three sixes during a partnership of 113 with Lorcan Tucker (57) as Ireland took their innings into the last over before being bowled out for 179.
Coach Ryan Eagleson was delighted by the display against a team which had scored 485 for three in a warm-up game against Canada.
"Our fielding was exceptional throughout the entire Indian innings with some super catches and Adam Dennison getting a run out with a direct hit," he said.
"We got off to a difficult start, but Lorcan and William fought back well with an outstanding century partnership."
The difficult start included both openers, captain Jack Tector and Stephen Doheny, being run out inside the first four overs and when Dennison (20) and Gary McClintock (17) followed, Ireland were 39 for four.
William McClintock perished as the run-rate climbed to 12 an over and the last five wickets fell for 30 runs in a vain pursuit.
The performance sends Ireland into their second match against Nepal tomorrow in good heart, although the Nepalese proved their back to back wins over Ireland in the qualifying tournament were no fluke by beating New Zealand yesterday by 32 runs.