Ireland were the big winners on the second day of the Under 17 European Championships as they not only defeated the Netherlands for their second victory of the tournament but a positive result at Laurelvale yesterday also means they could afford the rain to do its worst today.
A much improved performance, with both bat and ball, ensured a straightforward success over the Dutch, with the rain arriving too late at Strangford Road to interfere with another win for the hosts and holders.
The Irish needed less than 39 overs to bowl out the Oranjemen for 89 as Shane Getkate — taking four for 16 from 8.4 overs in front of national coach Phil Simmons — skipper George Dockrell (3-11 from nine) and Graeme McCarter (2-6 from six) proved much too good for their outclassed opponents.
Although Ray Hunter was out for 31, off the last ball before lunch, Andrew Clarke, replacing Adam McDaid who ruled himself out with toothache, was 21 not out when rain ended the Ireland innings at 73 for one in the 22nd over, Ireland winners by 48 runs (D/L).
Although rain also interrupted the game between Guernsey and Denmark, Guernsey (249-8) victory by 115 runs (D/L).
The two results allowed Ireland and Denmark the opportunity to rearrange today’s Stormont clash for tomorrow, if rain denied them a result today.
Tomorrow’s fixture: Jersey v Scotland (Holywood, 11am).