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Irish young guns fire to keep World Cup dream alive

By Ian Callender

The Ireland Under-19 team completed a straightforward seven wickets victory over Guernsey in Rotterdam to keep alive their outside hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup finals.

Guernsey reached 40 for no wicket but that was as good as it got for the Channel Islanders with the left arm spin of Scott Campbell and Ben Wylie taking four wickets for the addition of 18 runs and Ballymena's Robert McKinley hurried the innings to a conclusion, as Guernsey slumped from 97 for five to 107 all out.

McKinley, not introduced until the 34th over as Ireland's sixth bowler, hit the stumps with his first ball and 5.4 overs later he had figures of five wickets for five runs, with the help of only one fielder. He bowled three and had one lbw.

Campbell, who missed Coleraine's Irish Cup victory on Sunday, was obviously inspired by his club's success back home because he ended on 56 not out, with five fours and a six, when Ireland reached their target off the first ball of the 26th over.

He lost James McCollum for 16, Peter Eakin for 17 and Cormac McLoughlin for a duck but captain Tyrone Kane stayed with Campbell, scoring exactly half of the last 30 runs, including a six.

The team play Jersey today but they will still have to beat Scotland in their final group game on Wednesday to have any chance of reaching the finals, after losing their first match to hosts Netherlands last Friday.

Eakin, meanwhile, has been named in the 12-man Northern Knights squad for Saturday's one-day inter-provincial game against the Leinster Lightning.

The North Down all-rounder is one of three changes to the squad from the team that defeated the North West Warriors at Comber last month.

Nick Larkin replaces his North Down team-mate Johnny Terett at the top of the order and Rory McCann comes in to replace Chris Dougherty behind the stumps, although the CIYMS batsman retains his place as opening batsman.

Player coach Eugene Moleon, who played at Comber, stands down from the Knights final 50 overs game of the season but nine of the squad still come from the Big Three of Instonians, North Down and Waringstown.

Dougherty, Nigel Jones, the Civil Service North skipper and David Simpson, represent the rest of the NCU.

Northern Knights squad: A White (capt, Instonians), C Dougherty (CIYMS), N Larkin (North Down), J Shannon (Instonians), L Nelson (Waringstown), R McCann (Instonians), G Thompson (Waringstown), N Jones (Civil Sevice North), P Eaglestone (Waringstown), B Wylie (Instonians), P Eakin (North Down), D Simpson (Lisburn).

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