Ireland secure second vital U/19 Global Cricket World Cup Qualifier place
Scotland clinched the 2010 European U/19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier with a convincing all-round team display which saw them beat Jersey by 109 runs at Stormont.
Batting first, wicket-keeper Matthew Cross (33), Aman Bailwal (28), Peter Legget (26), Anjan Luthra (21), Sam Page (21), and Tom McBride (20) were the top scorers as they batted with purpose and intent, safe in the knowledge that it would have taken something extraordinary for Jersey to overhaul them, given their vastly superior run rate.
Jersey's fielding and catching has been a feature of their play all week, but today half chances went to ground, and tiredness crept in as the effects of five games in seven days took their toll on the young island side. Charles Perchard (3-54), Aidan McGuire (2-26), James Faudemer (2-30) and Ben Stevens (1-23) were best with the ball for Jersey as Scotland finished on 208 all out in 49.5 overs.
The Jersey reply got off to a disastrous reply when pinch hitter William Falle was run out before the lunch break. Scotland captain Paddy Sadler's impressive tournament continued as he bowled with great pace and control to finish with the impressive analysis of 4 for 22. Fellow opening bowler Stan Shillington (2-17) was also among the wickets, as were Scott McElnea (1-5), Aman Bailwal (1-18), and Peter Legget (1-34).
Corey Bisson provided the only real semblance of resistance for Jersey in a fluent and entertaining 32. In the end Jersey were dismissed for 99 in 40.3 overs, leaving Scotland victors by 109 runs and worthy champions.
Ireland made sure of second place and a vital U/19 World Cup Qualifier place when they beat Netherlands by 82 runs at Waringstown.
Batting first, Ireland posted a competitive 238 all out. They lost Jason van der Merwe and Adam Berry early, before the Donemana pairing of Andy McBrine (34) and Ryan Hunter (28) started a recovery. However when they and George Dockrell fell in quick succession, the game was in the balance at 91 for 5.
However Shane Getake (47) and his Malahide team mate Adam Coughlan (40) added 69 for the sixth wicket, to put Ireland back in control. Graeme McCarter provided some late fireworks as he hit 46 from just 40 balls (6 fours, 1 six) to take Ireland to 238 all out in 46 overs.
Philip van der Brandeler (4-30), Sebastiaan Braat (2-40), and Robert van der Harten (2-55) were most successful with the ball for the Dutch.
In reply, James Gruijters (29) continued his consistent batting form this week, and opener Sverre Loggers (20) gave his side a decent platform. However Barry McCarthy (2-21) and Shane Getkate (2-39) both made sure wickets fell at regular intervals.
It was the introduction of George Dockrell which proved the downfall for the Netherlands, as the left armer showed just why he is so highly rated in cricketing circles. He finished with 5 for 34 as the Dutch finished on 156 all out in 38.4 overs.
Ireland's 82 run win confirmed their second place in the group, and they now go into the World Cup Qualifiers, hoping to reclaim the title they won last year in Canada.
Guernsey won the battle of the bottom two teams when they inflicted a six wicket defeat upon Denmark at the picturesque Laurevale ground.
Batting first Denmark rallied from a precarious 58 for 6 to post a respectable 139 all out in 43.3 overs. The batting honours went to wicket-keeper Vijayasai Sasitharan who top scored with an undefeated 28. The Danish total was boosted by 23 extras.
In the bowling department, Dale Mullen (3-30), Guy Batiste (2-4), Thomas Kirk (2-28), Andrew Hutchinson (2-34), and Glenn Le Tissier (1-12) were the wicket takers for Guernsey.
Chasing the modest total, Guernsey were given a perfect start when Adam Martel (21) and Isaac Damarell added fifty for the first wicket. Thomas Kirk made 28 from 30 balls (4 fours), while Glen Le Tissier blasted 19 not out from 11 balls.
It was Damarell though who did the real damage, as he recorded a superb unbeaten 57 from just 63 balls (7 fours) to steer Guernsey to the win with six wickets and 24.3 overs to spare.
Score summaries (day five):
At Stormont: Scotland 208 all out, 49.5 overs (Cross 33; Perchard 3-54)
Jersey 99 all out, 40.2 overs (Bisson 32; Sadler 4-22)
Scotland won by 109 runs
At Waringstown: Ireland 238 all out, 50 overs (Getkate 47; McCarter 46; Coughlan 40; van den Brandeler 4-30)
Netherlands 156 all out, 38.4 overs (van den Burg 36; Dockrell 5-34)
Ireland won by 82 runs
At Laurelvale: Denmark 139 all out, 43.4 overs
Guernsey 140-6, 25.2 overs
Guernsey won by 4 wickets
Table (After round 5)
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