Determined victory for Danes, no problems for the Irish
It was the match between Denmark and Scotland that caught everyone's attention during the afternoon as the Danes were chasing a target of 183 set by the Scots after a slow and careful start. There was tension in the air as the Danes nudged closer to the target and losing wickets in the run chase. The Scots however helped the Danes quiet a lot as they bowled 50 wides out of 66 extras. This is something not seen often from the Scots and they admitted it afterwards as the Scottish coach perused over the score book. The Danes really showed they wanted to win this match and produced a batting performance we haven't seen in a long time batting all the way down the order. Notably Saif Yaqoob, Said Ahmed and captain Basir Javed added the runs with Zohair Khan chipping in at the end. It does look like coach Mickey Lund has knocked some common sense in these lads. It was Zomair Khan who hit the winning runs with a swept four with 2 balls to spare.
The Scottish innings was held together by Andrew Umeed with 43. The Scots were held back by a good opening spell by the Danes, but they relaxed the pressure when the second stream bowlers came on with lots of wides and extras. The Scots looked reasonably posed as they reached 164 for 5 after a stand from Bucanan-Smith and Craig Young but the final push for runs went off the rails as the Scots ended up with 6 run outs as they ran impossible runs. The general impression was the Scots have played better but then it was hot and sunny.
In the other game Ireland took on Holland who decided to bat first winning the toss. The Dutch were soon in trouble against the Irish openers and were soon 27 for 5 and later 42 for 6. But M Prenen and Victor Lubbers got a partnership going and showed organized cricket. Lubbers is not very tall but he wasn't afraid to cross bat the Scots. Both batsmen fell in quick succession after putting on 41 for the seventh wicket. The Dutch tail wagged a little but the innings was wrapped up on 104.
The Irish reply was under no immediate threat. Although Wylie was bowled at 27 D Barr and M Clarke took the innings forward towards the nineties. The Dutch tried several bowlers, though M. Hans got two quick wickets at the end, the Irish victory was never in doubt and D Barr finished on 50 not out.
The two victorious teams meet tomorrow but the Danes will have to play even better if they are to threaten the Irish who look an organised side.