Scotland set up a title decider against Ireland

Wed, Jul 30, 2008 2:34 PM

Ireland and Scotland will come head to head at Clontarf, Dublin tomorrow as the ICC European Division 1 Championship comes to a nail-biting climax.

Both sides have won all four of their 50-over matches against Demark, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway and will be looking to remain undefeated in their bid to claim the European title.

For current champion Ireland, a win in this, the final ODI of the Championship, would give the side its third European title, whilst for Scotland the prospect of a first-ever European title beckons.

The Scots set up the final day decider by making short work of a disappointing Dutch side at Clontarf yesterday, bowling the opposition out for 117 and then reaching the target in 22.2 overs for the loss of four wickets.

Ireland continued its winning streak by beating Italy by four wickets at Malahide. The Italians who earlier in the week pulled off the shock of the tournament with a 8-run win over the Netherlands, could only manage a target of 158 for 6 from their 50 overs. The Irish knocked this off in 36.5 overs also for the loss of 6 wickets. Seventeen year-old Paul Stirling was the talk of the day making an unbeaten 56, his second-highest score for his country.

In yesterday's other fixture, Denmark registered a convincing eight-wicket victory over their Norway at The Vineyard on Tuesday, thanks to an unbeaten century from Danish skipper Freddie Klokker.

Denmark now meets the Netherlands tomorrow in its in final game, knowing that a win would put the side into third place in the tournament. For the Norwegians, their match with Italy is a final chance to redeem something from what has been a very difficult week.

Live score updates, scorecards, match reports, photos and much more can be found on the ICC European Division 1 Championship website at

ICC European Division 1 2008 fixture schedule

All matches start at 1045

Thursday 31 July

Ireland v Scotland, Clontarf

Netherlands v Denmark, The Hills

Norway v Italy, Malahide

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