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Ireland and Scotland will be the European teams in the final qualifying tournament for the 2012 Under-19 World Cup after both won their last group games yesterday.

Scotland won the European title, thanks to their opening day victory over George Dockrell’s side but Ireland’s strong finish, to end the tournament with four straight wins — they beat the Netherlands at The Lawn yesterday by 82 runs — guaranteed them the second qualifying place in next summer’s 10-team world qualifier which may be held in Ireland.

Ireland were forced to rely on their lower middle order to get them out of a hole. Adam Coughlan, Shane Getkate and Graeme McCarter led the recovery before Ireland were bowled out for 238.

Dockrell finished with five for 34 and 17 wickets in the tournament at an average of over six when the Dutch were bowled out in the 39th over.

At The Lawn, Ireland 238 (46 overs, S Getkate 47, G McCarter 46, A Coughlan 40, A McBrine 34, R Hunter 28; P van den Brandeler 4-30) Netherlands 156 (38.4 overs, G Dockrell 5-34, B McCarthy 2-21, S Getkate 2-39).

Ireland won by 82 runs.

At Stormont, Scotland 208 (49.5 overs) Jersey 99 (40.2 overs).

Scotland won by 109 runs.

At Laurelvale, Denmark 139 (43.4 overs) Guernsey 140-6 (25.2 overs).

Guernsey won by four wickets.

Belfast Telegraph