Scots fail to force a victory

Fri, Aug 10, 2007 6:13 PM

In a rain interrupted day both matches went the distance finishing an hour later at 7 pm.

Scotland failed by 1 wicket to defeat the Netherlands to gain maximum win points and had to settle for the better of a draw. They managed to dismiss the Netherlands for 80 just before lunch with Keith Morton and Oliver Hairs each capturing four wickets. Captain Stijn Allema was the only Dutch batsman to put up any real resistance taking his overnight score from 12 to 39 not out.

After a rain delay Scotland set about the task of capturing the Dutch wickets. They had to be patient as there were 49 runs on the board before Hartman was bowled by Michael Leask. Wickets continued to fall as the Dutch made life difficult for the Scots with some fine defensive batting but five wickets wer still required as the last hour’s play began.

Calvin Burnett continued to rotate his bowlers as he strived to make another breakthrough and it was Olly Hairs who delivered getting Lucas Brouwers caught by a diving Marc Petrie.

The Scots tails were up and cheered on by a vociferous home support they managed to capture three more wickets but in the end there were only four balls to be faced for the Dutch to earn a draw, which they managed to negotiate.

Scotalnd finished with 21 points and the Netherlands 5 points.

Ireland Under 17's gained valuable points after getting the better of their drawn game with Denmark. They had been in trouble on the first day after losing 3 early wickets in reply to Denmark's competitive total of 203.

The rescue act was completed by Andrew Balbirnie and James Shannon in a fine 4th wicket partnership. Balbirnie followed up his century in the first game with a magnifcent innings of 82 - The Pembroke prodigy struck 5 boundaries in his 131 ball stay at the crease.

Shannon looked very assured dealing primarily in boundaries as he raced to 38, before chipping Haris Anwar to mid off.

Both Shane Getkate (27) and Robert Smith (25) made valuable contributions as the Irish finished 53 runs ahead of the Danes, before declaring with 9 wickets down. For Denmark, Aftab Ahmed (3-38), and Hamid Shah (3-47) bowled really well in a fine effort by the underdogs.

In their second innings Graeme Mc Donnell with two wickets and Shane Getkate with one had Denmark reeling early on, but they again showed their fighting spirit as Aftab Ahmed (21*), and Lars Boldt (20*) saw them through to the close without any further loss.

Ireland collect 18 points from the fixture, while Denmark take 6.

The hosts and Ireland will now go into a winner takes all match at Forthill this Sunday while Denmark and the Netherlands travel to Strathmore Cricket Club to decide who will finish third.

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