Ireland top ICC Europe U15 Trophy table after day three
Ireland top the ICC Europe U15 Trophy table after three wins from three defeating Jersey, Netherlands and Denmark in the first three days of competition.
Batting first in all three matches, Ireland made solid totals scoring 224 all out against Jersey on day one with captain Neil Rock making 67 runs and bowling out Jersey for 129 in 34.5 overs with Harry Tector taking five wickets for 33 runs and winning by 95 runs. On day two the Irish made 260 for 6 in its 50 overs against Netherlands with Sean Currie scoring 121 runs from 121 balls including seven fours and five sixes. In reply the Dutch only managed 79 runs all out in 31 overs as Ireland won by 181 runs. On Wednesday Andrew Vincent (107, 13 fours) led his team to 247 runs for eight wickets in 50 overs, Denmark managed 149 all out with top scorer Oliver Damgaard Hald 53 not out, as the Irish won by 98 runs, securing a 100% record.
Scotland currently sit second in the table after an unconvincing start scoring only 160 all out in its first match against Guernsey, Tom Diamond top scoring with 46. Guernsey’s reply was short as they were bowled out for 58 after some great work by the Scottish bowlers in particular Robbie McCallum (4-18) and Aliyan Qureshi (4-12). On day two Scotland faced Jersey who scored 165 before being bowled out, in reply Scotland were bowled out for 161 in an exciting finish to the game as they lost by 4 runs, a great bowling effort resulted in all five bowlers taking two wickets each for Jersey. Scotland got back on course on Wednesday beating Netherlands by 117 runs, making 284 for 8 in 50 overs, Callum Garden scoring 124 runs including 12 fours for the Scots, before Netherlands were bowled out for 167 in 39.1 overs.
After a poor start in its opening match against Scotland, Guernsey bounced back on day two scoring 230 for eight in 50 overs against the Danish, Daniel Le Messurier (60) and Nairn Guilbert (51) both scoring runs. The Danish reply was centred around Mudabber Hussain (56, seven fours), but the bowling of Jack Birch who took five wickets for 50 runs in 10 overs secured victory by 64 runs. In the Channel Islands battle Guernsey came out on top scoring 147 all out in 43.2 overs, Daniel Le Messurier (61) putting in an all round performance top scoring with the bat and taking five wickets for 27 runs, as Guernsey beat Jersey by 11 runs.
Jersey have one win under its belt defeating Scotland on day two and will be looking to draw from that experience in its next two matches against Netherlands and Denmark.
Netherlands will hope to regain the form that saw them beat Denmark on day one as they scored 261 for five in 50 overs, captain Bas de Leede scoring 107 not out including twelve fours. The Dutch won by 90 runs as they bowled out Denmark for 171 in 44.2 overs. Denmark will be searching for its victory of the tournament in the final two days of competition.