Ireland place 10th in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

Fri, Jan 29, 2010 12:41 PM

The Ireland U19 team have finished 10th - their best ever placing - in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.

Ireland were comprehensively beaten by 195 runs by a strong Bangladesh side in the Plate Championship final at McLean Park in Napier.

Set an ambitious target of 307 for 8, Stuart Thompson (20). Paul Stirling (11) both attacked initially, and at 35 for 1 after six overs, it looked respectable. Alas that became 39 for 5 in quick time, as Alauddin Babu (3-33) removed Stirling, Balbirnie (lbw again first ball), and Shannon in the space of 22 balls.

Ben Ackland (34) and Graham McDonnell (31) top scored for the Ireland team but a final total of 112 left them well short of their target.

Bangladesh finished the competition in 9th place with Ireland taking the 10th position out of 16 competing teams.

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