Wins for Scotland and Ireland on Day 2

Tue, Jul 24, 2007 3:00 PM

Ireland and Scotland will battle it out for a place at the ICC Under 19 World Cup in Malaysia after they recorded contrasting wins over Denmark and The Netherlands respectively. Stormont saw a tense battle go the way of Scotland. They survived a late rally by the Netherlands to win by 26 runs.

Batting first Scott Dalgleish (42) and Ryan Flannigan (56) shared an opening stand of 72. Dalgleish hit 6 boundaries and faced 64 balls before being stumped by Allema off Lesley Stokkers. Euan Chalmers (35) added 63 with Flannigan to give his side a solid platform at 135 for 1. They never really got any acceleration into their side late on in the face of some disciplined bowling and fielding, and it took 28 from 30 balls from Scott Mac Lennan, and 21 not out form just 12 deliveries to get them to their final score of 208 for 4.

Hidde Maarveld and Lesley Stokkers were both very economical, while their captain Graeme Davey finished with 2 for 42.

In reply Netherlands faltered to 69 for 6, and an emphatic win looked on the cards. It proved however to be anything but, as Stijn Allema (51) and Tim Gruijters (40) doubled the score with a 7th wicket partnership, taking the total to 138 for 6.

Allema hit 6 fours and faced 77 deliveries in an entertaining knock, before being run out after a slip up. Earlier Alexei Kervezee hadn't made the most of an early reprieve - he was dropped on 4 at square leg, but fell lbw when he reached 30.

Calum Mac Leod had the excellent analysis of 4 for 36, while fellow fast bowler Charles Leggett took 2 for 39, as Netherlands were dismissed for 182 with 8 balls remaining, to leave Scotland winners by 26 runs.

Ireland defeated Denmark by a huge 174 run margin. Chris Dougherty hit 131 off 137 balls in their score of 301 for 8. He found the boundary on no fewer than 16 occasions, playing the cover drive and pull shots particularly well. Paul Stirling (42) looked in good form before being run out after a mix up with the score on 94.

Graeme Mc Donnell (37) looked impressive,while Eoghan Delany (24*) ensured ireland got over 300 after a middle order collapse. Finn Kleissl (2-48) competed well, and Suleman Arshad (3-58) slowed the rate down in the latter stages.

Their score of 301 was always going to be far too many for Denmark, and so it proved. Kasper Blumenau went in the first over, and after that wickets fell at regular intervals. Lars Boldt (25) shared in a stand of 44 for the 5th wicket with Finn Kleissl (22), but that was the only partnership of note.

The other players who reached double figures were Martin Pederson (19), and Tauseef Khan (18).

All six Irish players used got at least 1 wicket, with James Hall (4-22), and Graeme Mc Donnell (2-24), being the most successful.

Wednesday is a rest day, and on Thursday Ireland play Scotland at Osborne Park, and The Netherlands and Denmark will attempt to avoid the wooden spoon at Belmont.

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