Netherlands defeat Ireland to open with a win
The Netherlands have got their Pepsi ICC European U19 Division 1 World Cup Qualifier (WCQ) campaign off to a perfect start with a win over Ireland at the VOC ground in Rotterdam today.
Dutch captain Joost Kroesen won the toss and chose to bat first. The Dutch innings started slowly thanks to some tight bowling by Ireland, and they had reached 57 when the fourth wicket fell in the 22nd over, Rahil Ahmed having scored 20. By this point, the Irish bowling had become somewhat wayward, with most bowlers sending down their fair share of wides. The Dutch fifth wicket pair of Saqib Zulfiqar and Joost Kroesen took advantage of this bowling to put on 103 for the fifth wicket.
Kroesen was dismissed for 45, whilst Zulfiqar went on to reach his fifty, eventually getting out for 51. The Dutch were dismissed for 184, seven balls short of their full quota of overs.
It would be 38 runs in extras that would come back to haunt Ireland later in their chase, which, like the Dutch innings, started slowly. James McCollum scored 30 early in the innings, whilst Peter Eakin made the same score in the middle order. Rishi Chopra hit 24 from 28 balls late in the innings, but it wasn't enough to prevent Ireland being bowled out for 152, losing by 32 runs, those 38 extras proving to be crucial. Wessel Coster being the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-20.
Scotland got their U19 World Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start thanks to a solid batting performance against their Jersey counterparts at Voorburg.
Half centuries from Michael English, Ross McLean and Zander Muir saw Scotland post a challenging 258 for 6 in their 50 overs. James Duckett (3-49) got an early breakthrough for Jersey when he bowled Andrew Umeed (6), but a batting masterclass between skipper McLean and English followed. The pair shared a second wicket stand of 155. English top scored with 77 from 118 balls (5 fours, 1 six) while McLean showed excellent technique and shot selection in his 67. Zander Muir provided the innings with late impetus striking six boundaries in his unbeaten half century which took just 35 deliveries.
James Duckett (3-49) was the most successful of the Jersey attack, while Paul McCafferty (2-45) also impressed.
Chayank Gosain (2-26) removed both Jersey openers in quick succession, and when Nick Farrar also accounted for McCafftery, Jersey were in disarray at 35 for 3. Jonty Jenner and Callum Rabet set about the rebuilding process, and their fourth wicket partenrship of 95 brought the game right back into the balance at 130 for 3 with 20 overs remaining. However a sharp piece of fielding by Kyle Stirling and Alex Baum accounted for Rabet, whose well played 45 came from 69 balls (5 fours). Jenner followed just three runs later, his fifty taking 64 deliveries.
Gavin Main (3-43) and Michael English (2-32) ripped through the fragile Jersey middle and late order, and despite the best efforts of Alex Cooke (37) Scotland ran out relatively comfortable 50 run winners.
Promoted team Denmark opened up with a win over Guernsey at Kampong today. Denmark batted first after winning the toss, and the opening pair of Mads Henriksen and Anders Bulow put on 41 for the opening wicket before both fell in quick succession. Mati Malik then led the way for the rest of the innings, sharing first in a 93 run partnership for the third wicket with captain Raja Basit Javed. Javed was dismissed for 40 and Malik then put on 58 for the fourth wicket with Saif Ahmad, who made 33 before he became the second of three victims for Matthew Stokes. Malik went on to score an unbeaten 73, taking Denmark's total to 220-5 from their 50 overs.
Guernsey's innings started well with a 74 run opening partnership between Jason Martin and Lucas Barker, which ended when Martin was out for 25. Barker went on to score 55 before he was the second batsman dismissed with the score on 90.
Oliver Nightingale and Matthew Stokes went on to put on 45 for the fifth wicket, but that wicket sparked a collapse and Guernsey went from 156-4 to 178 all out, losing by 42 runs. Aqeel Amjad was the pick of the Danish bowlers with 4-27.