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Ireland defeat Jersey to keep U/19 World Cup hopes alive

Tue, Jul 27, 2010 5:51 PM


Ireland kept their World Cup qualification hopes alive after a 123 run win against previously unbeaten Jersey at Bangor.

Much the same as yesterday the Irish got off to a flying start as Jason van der Merwe and Ryan Hunter added 61 for the first wicket in just 7.5 overs, before Hunter was brillantly caught at short midwicket by Aidan McGuire for 29 off 32 balls (2 fours, 1 six).

Jason van der Merwe reached 60 from 55 balls (5 fours), before being caught by Tim de la Haye off the bowling of Ben Stevens. The introduction of spin at both ends caused Ireland problems with James Faudemer (3-33) and Ben Stevens (2-30) reducing the Irish to 138-7.

The Irish lower order proved up to the challenge and they added a vital 100 runs in the last twenty overs, with Graeme McCarter (24) and Jordan Coughlan (23) adding 52 for the 8th wicket. Adam Coughlan (27*) and Simon Olphert (11*) took Ireland up to the dizzy heights of 238 for 9.

In reply Daniel McAviney and William Falle in particular unleashed a barrage of attacking shots that put Ireland very much on the back foot as they advanced to 67-0 in just 11 overs. Shane Getkate (2-22) however removed McAviney (17) and Aidan McGuire in the space of three balls to renew the Irish spirits.

The crucial wicket of William Falle came with no addition to the score, as he presented Dockrell with a regulation caught and bowled chance. Falle's brisk and cavalier 43 came from just 37 deliveries, and included 7 fours and 1 six. Dockrell then spun his magic, as a return of 0-17 in 2 overs metamorphised into 4-34 in 10, as in addition to Falle, he dismissed Ben Stevens, Tim de la Haye and Corey Bisson.

Two wickets for Andy McBrine (2-12) and two run outs saw Jersey all out for 115 in 29.2 overs.

The Netherlands kept alive their chances of a World Cup qualifier place when they totally outplayed Denmark to record a comprehensive eight wicket win at Ballymena.

Having won the toss and decided to bat, Denmark had no answer to the hostile opening attack of Dutch captain Sebastiaan Braat and Robert van der Harten. The pair made use of a helpful pitch and overcast conditions to wreak havoc among the Danish top order.

Braat (5-11) and Van Der Harten (2-5) reduced Denmark to 16 for 7, before Anders Bulow dug in to try and bring a modicum of respectability to the total. Bulow's obdurate 23 from 90 deliveries included the only two boundaries of the innings, but with no other batsman able to reach double figures, the final total was 47 all out in 42.5 overs. Vinoo Tewarie was the other successful bowler, claiming the excellent analysis of 3 for 5 in his ten over spell.

In reply Sverre Loggers made 14 before being dismissed by Laraib Ahmad, but that was to be the end of their success, as James Gruijters (11*) and Dennis Coster (6*) saw The Netherlands pass their modest target with 8 wickets and 36.3 overs to spare.

Scotland stayed very much on course to claim the Under 19 European Championships when they brushed aside the challenge of Guernsey to record a nine wicket win at Lurgan.

Having won the toss and decided to bat first, Guernsey were soon regretting it as they struggled to cope with the highly impressive Scottish new ball pairing of Paddy Sadler (2-15), and Stan Shillington (1-17). Aman Bailwal (1-18) removed the dangerous Thomas Kirk, before medium pacer Peter Legget caused all sorts of problems with his extra height.

Legget got movement through the air and off the pitch to finish with the excellent figures of 5 for 19 in seven overs, as Guernsey finished on 93 all out in 36.4 overs.Freddie Coleman (1-18) was the other successful Scottish bowler.

In yet another bitterly disappointing batting display for the islanders, only four players reached double figures - namely Adam Martel (19), Ben Fitchet (16), Robbie Le Corre (14), and Mitch Le Tissier (10).

Guernsey struck an early blow when Thomas Kirk had Freddie Coleman caught behind by Isaac Damarell for 9, but that was to be the end of the success for Guernsey. Anjan Luthra struck an unbeaten 42 from 43 deliveries ( 3 fours, 1 six), while Matthew Cross finished on 25 not out, as the pair shared an unbroken second wicket partnership of 71, passing their target score with 34 overs to spare.

An intriguing last day in prospect with the two World Cup places and title still up for grabs. Scotland and Jersey go head to head, while Ireland take on The Netherlands. With Scotland's run rate suitably improved, it will now take not just a Jersey victory, but a convincing one to deny Scotland one of the two World Cup qualifier places on offer..



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