Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Scots are run-out as Ireland take title

The Ireland under-19s will go to Canada in September for the World Cup Qualifying tournament as European champions.

However, they failed to complete a clean sweep of five wins when they lost to Scotland in the final game in Jersey, by 62 runs.

Despite bowling out the Scots for 179, Ireland lost four wickets for six runs either side of lunch and three more in the space of 14 balls as they collapsed to 74 for seven, but had scored enough to ensure a superior run rate over the tournament than Scotland.

In the Scotland innings, Shane Getkate took his usual early wicket and Lee Nelson and Andrew Balbirnie each made a breakthrough in their first over. When Scotland lost their last four wickets for 15 runs immediately after taking the batting powerplay, Ireland were the happier at half-time. Thirty overs later, they had lost but were still happy.

There was further disappointment for Scotland when the Netherlands’ eight wickets victory over Guernsey won them the other European place in Canada.

In Dublin, an Ireland A XI defeated Croatia by 133 runs in a T20 game. Three of the Ireland batsmen, Chris Dougherty, Niall McDonnell and Brian Shields (60 off 25 balls) retired after reaching their half century as the home side totalled 230 for one.

Thinus Fourie pulled a hamstring after one ball o f his second over and Gary Kidd took three wickets in an over while Phil Eaglestone bowled his four overs for nine runs in a facile exercise, which probably meant more to Croatia — ahead of a T20 tournament in Wales.

Scores: Under 19 European Championships

In Jersey, Scotland 179 (C Wallace 52; A Balbirnie 3-26, S Getkate 2-19, L Nelson 2-44) Ireland 117 (J Shannon 37, P Stirling 26; C Burnett 4-19). Scotland won by 62 runs.

T20 Friendly

At Sandymount, Ireland A 230-1 (B Shields 60 ret, C Dougherty 51 ret, N McDonnell 50 ret, D Joyce 26, R Strydom 22 not out) Croatia 97-7 (N Grizinic 54 not out; G Kidd 3-18). Ireland A won by 133 runs.

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