Watt leads the way with first four wickets against Ireland
Michael English and Ross McLean both scored thirties to help lead Scotland to a win over Ireland and qualify for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.
The Scottish bowlers did the initial damage though, with Scotland bowling tightly throughout the Irish innings. Scotland opened with a spinner, a tactic that seemed to throw Ireland off their game in the early part of their innings, as they struggled to score at a decent rate. The opening partnership put on 38 before the first wicket fell in the 13th over, and the low scoring rate continued as the Scottish bowlers put a stranglehold on the Irish innings. Mark Watt took the first four wickets to fall, and bowled his spell straight through to finish with 4-20.
At one point an eleven over period saw Ireland score just 21 and lose four wickets in the process. They never recovered from that spell and were bowled out for 127, Hill taking 3-23. Scotland then had to negotiate a tricky pre-lunch session, which they did, scoring 29 from their first 11 overs. The first over after lunch was another story though as Campbell bowled a double wicket maiden, giving Scotland a real scare.
Ireland kept the pressure on in the field, but Scotland kept managing to find the gaps, with Michael English batting well to score 35 and Ross McLean top scoring with 36. It was Zander Muir who hit the winnings runs, guiding the ball down to the third man boundary to take his score to 23 and secure the five wicket win for Scotland.
An unbeaten 59 from James Wilkes-Green helped Guernsey to successfully chase a below par Dutch total of 172 and record their first win. Guernsey were reduced to 55 for 5 after an inspired spell from Mahesh Hans. The talented teenager had the superb analysis of 3 for 9 in his ten over spell.
However Wilkes-Green remained positive throughout his innings, scoring his 59 from just 64 balls (4 fours). He received stoic support in the form of the obdurate Toby Belton, who hit three boundaries in his 45 from 110 balls. Matthew Stokes also batted sensibly, making an unbeaten 23 as the win was secured.
Earlier a combination of Luke Le Tissier (3-37) and three run outs saw The Netherlands collapse to 99 for 8 before a determined rearguard action gave the home side a fighting chance. Wessel Coster (43) shared a 9th wicket partnership of 65 with Raoul Wouters (30) as their side managed 172 all out with one ball unused.
Denmark have beaten Jersey by 49 runs at VOC Cricket Club to complete a double over the two Channel Islands sides. Batting first after winning the toss, Danish opening batsman Anders Bulow led the way from the start with a patient innings of 43, sharing in a third wicket partnership of 63 with his captain Raja Basit Javed. Javed stayed in to score 36, with Saad Ahmad also contributing with 40 from fifty balls. James Duckett and Paul McCafferty both took three wickets for Jersey as Denmark made 191-9 from their 50 overs.
Jersey's reply owed much to an innings of 47 from Stephen Le Maistre that featured no boundaries, but the only other notable innings was 27 from Paul McCafferty, who shared in a 56 run partnership for the sixth wicket with Le Maistre. Jonty Jenner had his first failure of the tournament by being dismissed for 2, whilst Mukarram Hussain was the pick of the Danish bowlers with 4-26 as Jersey were bowled out for 142 with 4.5 overs to spare, completing the 49 run win for Denmark.
At Voorburg: Ireland 127-10, 47.4 overs (Mark Watt 4-20, Lyle Hill 3-23)
Scotland 130-5, 38.1 overs (Ross McLean 36, Michael English 35, Zander Muir 23 not out)
Scotland won by 5 wickets
At VRA, Amstelveen: Netherlands 172-10, 49.5 overs (Wessel Coster 43; Luke Le Tissier 3-37)
Guernsey 173-6, 49.1 overs (James Wilkes-Green 59 not out)
Guernsey won by 4 wickets
At VOC Rotterdam: Denmark 191-9, 50 overs
Jersey 142-10, 45.3 overs
Denmark won by 49 runs
ICC European U19 Division 1 WCQ table (as of August 8)