Ireland now favorites for Under 13's

Wed, Aug 8, 2007 6:18 PM

After Ireland beating Denmark and Scotland beating the Netherlands Ireland stand the best chance of retaining the Under 13 championship on the last day of play. Scotland will have to produce an astounding victory over Ireland to reverse the net run rate difference between the the two sides and if Denmark also beat the Netherlands then there's a three way tie to be decided on run rate. However Ireland's performance so far doesn't indicate a defeat to Scotland but more like an Irish victory while Denmark and Netherlands matches are difficult to predict. So an interesting day's play is install fo us to enjoy.

In today's match Ireland won the toss and inserted Denmark to bat in damp conditions which made the outfield much more slower. As a rain shower intervened play for several minutes Denmark found it very hard to score boundaries in the wet conditions. Later in the day the sun had reversed this more to Ireland's advantage. The Danes lost a quick wicket but started to build up an innings albeit slowly against the Irish bowlers. The Danes were quite content to let the Irish dominate proceedings as long as it didn't cost wickets, so that the Danes could force the pace the the last stages. This is a sound strategy but the Danes missed the opportunity, while the spinners were on, to stress the Irish in the field with quick singles and add 30 or so runs to the total. It was captain Basit Javed (38) and Saad Ahmed (45) that was the mainstay of the Danish innings as they brought Denmark to 133 for four during the run chase at the end. The Danes ended on 154 for 6 in the 40 overs and showed that this side has got the grasp of batting against a better bowling side.

The Danish bowlers however couldn't penetrate the Irish openers as Ben Wylie (71*) and David Barr set about building a solid Irish innings. They put on 71 for the first wicket before David Barr was beating by Bülow's off cutter and quickly followed by Clarke caught at square-leg. Magee kept Wylie company as he added the runs helped by a helping of wides from the second string bowlers. The Irish victory was never in doubt but the Danes made sure the Irish nearly used up the overs.

The other match got off to a controversial start as the toss had to retaken as procedures weren't followed but the outcome of the second toss was the same. Scotland won and put the Netherlands into bat. The Dutch again lost their openers early and were soon 34 for 4. Again the late middle order came to the rescue through Kroesen (49) and M. Hans (26) to give the Dutch a decent total helped by some frantic hitting at the end. So 154 was needed by the Scots and they got off to a good start with McLean (50*) and Umeed (23) adding 70 for the first wicket followed by 57 runs for the second wicket with Baum (22) This solid batting made sure the Scots couldn't loose, though they lost 4 wickets, three of which fell to Kroesen.

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