The most thrilling finish of the opening day of the European Championship U-19 CWCQ came at Shaw's Bridge, where Scotland got home off the final ball against Ireland.
Play got under way late with the game reduced to 26 overs per side; Scotland won the toss and put Ireland in to bat. The home side began cautiously until Jason van der Merwe and Richard Berry got to the wicket to form a partnership of 61 runs in 12 overs. van der Merwe reached 43 before being bowled. Ireland eventually reached 132. Best of the Scottish bowlers were Bailwal, with four wickets for 30 and Sadler with two for 22 from six overs.
Tom McBride and Freddie Coleman gave their side the perfect start as they put on 35. However, when the Irish switched to spin the complexion of the innings soon changed. George Dockrell took a difficult return catch to remove Coleman and then McBride and Matthew Cross both fell at 47.
Bailwal and Anjan Luthra then steadied the Scotland innings in a partnership of 51. When Bailwal was caught Scotland needed 35 from 29 deliveries. At 120 Luthra was bowled by Graeme McCarter and 13 were required from just 8 deliveries. Peter Ross and Samuel Page brought it down to 2 needed from the final delivery. A low full toss was dabbed out to deep square leg, where the fielder threw to the bowler's end and the batsmen got home safely.
Jersey brushed aside Denmark at Waringstown today as the Channel Islanders cruised to victory by eight wickets in only sixteen overs.
Following a reduction of the match to 33 overs, Danish captain Christian Peck-Thorsted elected to bat. Only two of his batsmen reached double figures, however, as the Danish innings collapsed to 90 all out. Jersey captain Ben Stevens led the way, picking up 4 for 12 with his orthodox left-arm spin, while Aidan McGuire claimed two wickets.
In reply, though Jersey may have lost Charles Perchard for 6 and, later, Dan McAviney for 27 the result was never in doubt. Aidan McGuire (17 not out) and Ben Stevens (38 not out from 28 balls) guided Jersey home, putting on an unbeaten 54 in fewer than seven overs.
In the third game the Netherlands turned in a superb all round performance to comprehensively defeat Guernsey by 111 runs at Carrickfergus.
In a contest reduced to 30 overs by both overnight rain and early morning drizzle, The Netherlands were asked to bat. Any early nerves were soon settled by an opening stand of 69 in just 45 balls between Vinoo Tewarie and Steven Loggers. The latter was the dominant partner scoring 41 from 35 balls (5 fours, 1 six).
Tewarie then took on the mantle making a magnificent 71 from just 73 deliveries (1 four, 4 sixes). The innings was given some late impetus by a whirlwind 38 from just 16 balls by Eric van der Burg, which took the score to 210 for 6 in their 30 overs. Best with the ball for Guernsey was Dane Mullen (2-28).
In reply Adam Martel scored a run a ball 20, but apart from some late resistance from Andrew Hutchinson (23 not out), the Guernsey batsmen were unable to cope with a fiery and varied Dutch bowling attack. Philip van der Brandeler proved a real handful with his pace and movement, and had the excellent analysis of 4 wickets for 5 runs in his six over spell.
Vinoo Tewarie completed an excellent all round game, as he claimed 3 for 13 with his spin, as Guernsey finished on 99 all out in 28.2 overs.
Score summaries (day one):
At Shaw?s Bridge: Ireland 132-9, 26 overs (van der Merwe Saeed 43, Berry 41; Bailwal 4-30)
Scotland 133-6, 26 overs (Bailwal 31; Dockrell 3-12)
Match reduced to 26 overs
Scotland won by 4 wickets
At Waringstown: Denmark 90 all out, 31.3 overs (Stevens 4-12)
Jersey 93-2, 18 overs
Match reduced to 33 overs
Jersey won by 8 wickets
At Carrickfergus: Netherlands 210-6, 30 overs (Tewarie 71, Loggers 41, van der Burg 38; Mullen 2-28)
Guernsey 99 all out, 28.2 overs (Hutchinson 23 not out, Martel 20, van der Brandeler 4-5, Tewarie 3-13)
Match reduced to 30 overs
Netherlands won by 111 runs
Table (After round 1)
Fixtures on Friday 23 July 2010:
Guernsey V Ireland (Stormont), Scotland V Denmark (Belmont), Netherlands V Jersey (Derriaghy).
All matches start at 11.00am
For more information on European U19 CWCQ and full scorecards please visit http://www.icc-europe.org/EUROU19/index.shtml