Bowlers lead way as U19s secure second victory
Ireland Under-19s made it two wins out of two at the World Cup qualifying tournament in Jersey with a convincing 76 runs win over the Netherlands yesterday.
The only complaint the management team of Ryan Eagleson and Craig Hogan could have was that while five batsmen reached 20, William McClintock's 36 was the top score, but a total of 185 for nine was always going to be enough once the Dutch had taken 20 overs to reach 36 for five.
Five different bowlers, including Waringstown's James Mitchell and Donemana's Gary McClintock, took the wickets as captain Jack Tector was able to ring the changes. Rory Anders ended as the most successful with three for 19.
By contrast, Ireland were 100 for four after 20 overs and already in control although Adam Dennison was out for a duck and Aaron Gillespie, at No 7, was run out for three. But Mitchell was the star with the bat, hitting an undefeated 29 from 21 balls with two fours and two sixes.
In yesterday's other match, Scotland beat Jersey by 47 runs to join Ireland at the top of the table ahead of the teams' first meeting tomorrow.
The team which wins the tournament, after a second round of round-robin games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturda,y qualifies for next year's finals in Bangladesh while the runners-up have a second chance later in the year.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan are in pole position to win Group B of the World Twenty20 qualifiers in Scotland after they completed an impressive hat-trick of wins yesterday.
After beating Netherlands and UAE, they returned fresh from a day's break to defeat the co-hosts by 37 runs in Edinburgh.
Kenya are the surprise team in second place, but they have the likely top four still to play in their remaining games. The top four then move to Dublin next week for the knock-out stages.
Under-19 European Championships: Ireland 185-9 (45 overs, W McClintock 36, J Tector 32, J Mitchell 29 not out, G McClintock 20, R Anders 20; AA Zulfiqar 3-23) Netherlands 109 (39 overs, R Anders 3-19, T Stanton 2-12, B White 2-26). Ireland won by 76 runs Scotland 208-9 (44 overs) Jersey 161 (39 overs). Scotland won by 47 runs.
World Twenty20 qualifiers:
Group A - Bready: Papua New Guinea 145-9 Jersey 121. PNG won by 24 runs
Group B - Stirling: Canada 133-3 (13 overs, N Kumar 52) Oman 135-3 (11.2 overs, Zeeshan Masqood 86 not out). Oman won by 7 wickets DLS . Grange: UAE 119-7 Netherlands 125-3 (17.1. overs, B Cooper 50 not out). Netherlands won by 7 wickets. Afghanistan 210-5 (Mohammad Shahzad 75) Scotland 173 (19.2 overs). Afghanistan won by 37 runs
Today's Group A fixtures - Stormont: Namibia v USA (10am); IRELAND v Nepal (2.15pm); Bready: Hong Kong v PNG (10am)