Another memorable day for Irish cricket

Mon, Mar 3, 2008 12:40 PM

ICC Europe Regional Development Manager Richard Holdsworth has spoken of his sense of pride after Ireland recorded a famous win over Zimbabwe at the Under 19 World Cup in Malaysia.

In a reduced overs game, a superb opening spell from Andrew Britton (4-14) helped the Irish restrict Zimbabwe to just 99/9 in 27 overs.

In reply, Ireland strolled to victory with 6 wickets spare, as James Hall (32) top scored for the Irish. They made 100 for the loss of just 4 wickets in 23.2 overs.

Holdsworth said, "After a difficult start, the Irish boys have kept going until the end. To beat a Test playing nation is a great achievement, and to finish 13th in the world, shows Ireland's playing strength at this level.

"Their improvement as the tournament has progessed is evident, and the fact that they have been better this week is a testament to their fortitude. They haven't been helped that they have come into this competition from a Northern hemisphere winter."

Irish Cricket Union Chairman David Williams said "I'd like on behalf on Irish cricket to pass on my congratulations to captain Greg Thompson and his squad. To beat a Test nation is a wonderful achievement, and to do so in such a comprehensive manner is especially pleasing.

It's yet another memorable day in Irish cricket - for an Associate country to beat a Test country is something we can all be proud of."

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