Ireland trounce hosts in under-15 opener

Tue, Jul 31, 2007 1:04 PM

Ireland opened their pursuit of an eighth successive under-15 European title – and their eighth in a row in all youth tournaments – with an overwhelming nine-wicket victory over hosts The Netherlands in Deventer on Tuesday.

Put in to bat on a dampish pitch, the Dutch batsmen struggled for runs against a varied and generally accurate Irish attack. They reached 28 without loss in the first ten overs, but once seamer Eoghan Conway came on, the game began to swing dramatically Ireland's way.

First he had James Gruijters trapped leg-before, and then tempted Vinoo Tewarie into a rash stroke, having him neatly caught by Cameron Grieve at square leg.

The Irish spinners now took over, left-armer Cameron Grieve bowling nine overs for just 8 runs, while at the other end leg-spinner Jonathan Andrews collected three for 14 from his nine.

Matthijs Luten stood alone among the wreckage, battling his way to a patient 21 off 58 balls. His wicket was the eighth to fall, with the total on 78, and it was Conway who claimed it, having returned to the attack. He dismissed the final four Dutch batsmen, Luten included, to finish with the remarkable figures of six for 9 in 8.4 overs as The Netherlands were dismissed for 91.

Ireland began their run-chase briskly, despite the early loss of Robin Russell, bowled around his legs by Nicky Vieler. They had reached 34 for one off 10 overs by lunch, and after the interval, the pitch now playing much more easily, opener Jason van der Merwe and Shane Getkate rattled up the remaining runs in just nine overs.

Van der Merwe ended on 37, made from 59 balls, while Getkate had 39 from only 45.

In the other match on the first day, Scotland completed a 95-run victory over Denmark. Their win was set up by opening batsman Matthew Cross, who batted throughout the 45 overs for 74 not out after the Danes won the toss and elected to field.

He was supported in a valuable 75-run partnership for the second wicket by Michael Anderson, but once he was out for 25 the Scots found the going difficult against a persistent Danish attack, backed up by some enthusiastic fielding.

No other batsman was able to reach double figures, Danish off-spinner Hamid Shah collecting four for 26, with three run-outs contributing to a Scottish decline in the latter stages of the innings. Even so, they reached 180 for eight, a not unreasonable total in difficult conditions for batting.

Denmark started well in reply, Thomas Brown and Shah putting on 38 in a spirited opening stand, and Brown going on to make 27 before he was third out with the total on 52. But a dramatic collapse followed, as Kris Mein took three for 9 in five overs and Denmark were all out for 85, losing their last eight wickets for just 33 runs.

Skipper Christian Peck-Thorsted, batting at four, was the eighth to go, run out for 15, but apart from that the Danish batsmen were able to offer little further resistance.

Denmark will face Ireland on Wednesday, while Scotland play The Netherlands.

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