What a tournament it has been

Thu, Aug 9, 2007 6:17 PM

In his presentation speech in glorious sunshine Steve Tovey said, representing tournament director Richard Holdsworth, that this under-13 tournament was one of the best he had been participating in, as it contained some great cricket, two exciting matches, perfect sunny weather and 52 young players who enjoyed playing on and off the field.

The match between Scotland and Ireland looked from the outset to go Ireland's way as Scotland began to lose wickets early thanks to Ireland's McKinley who has had a good tournament. Scotland were soon reduced to 40 for 5 and it certainly looked like an early lunch. The organisers got even more worried has the Dutch on the other ground were in similar problems. Thanks to Johnny Perrium and Nick Farrar the Scottish innings got some momentum back and the Scottish tail worked hard to post a respectable total of 141 for 9 after the 40 overs. Ireland got off to a good start with Ireland's openers Ben Wylie and David Barr who both had scored runs in the earlier matches and this looked as though it was a programmed innings. Barr however was lbw at 29 and Ben Wylie was out at the total of 60. Still nothing to worry about, but things did begin to go wrong as none of the middle order could stay long enough to push Ireland through and instead Ireland were 104 for 6 thanks to 4 wickets from Andrew Umeed. Jack Glenn swung his bat around to get the run rate back on line but wickets continued to fall and when Glenn fell at 132 followed immediately by Flemming being run out Scotland smelled blood. But George Adair with two blows got Ireland within breathing distance and Scotland couldn't prevent quick singles that brought victory. Scotland took defeat with rasied heads and this won them the Spirit of Cricket award.

Denmark on the other pitch put the Dutch into bat and this ploy paid off as, yet again, the Dutch openers fell with single figures on the scoreboard. The Netherlands were suddenly 6 for 3 and although Ahmed and Kroesen got the score to 35 it didn't last long before there was a regular procession of Dutch batsmen heading to the pavilion. The Dutch managed to get 86, so the Danes in their reply took their time, going for safety first. The Dutch weapon was their spinners and the Danes are not happy in playing spin. The Dutch took two early wickets and put the Danes under some pressure. Mati Malik stood firm and held off the Dutch for over 70 balls scoring 21 runs. The Danes held off the attack and got within firing range of the Dutch total. Needing only one to win the Danes had a rush of blood and lost 2 unnecessary wickets before victory was secured. So it ended as predicted in that coach Mickey Lund did deliver the goods, plus the fact he was the most enthusiastic spectator on the boundary. No one could remember the last time a Danish youth team had won two matches in the same tournament. It was also a Dane that was chosen in being Player of the Tournament in Saad Ahmed. So after a period in teh desert Danish Cricket is beginning to see a result of their development work.

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