The three leading sides in the European Under 19 Division 1 championships all reinforced their positions with convincing wins over their lower-placed opponents on Thursday, with Ireland's massive 232-run victory over Guernsey and a second consecutive century for Alexei Kervezee the outstanding highlights.
Kervezee's 155 for The Netherlands against Jersey, following on from his not-out 137 against Scotland on Wednesday, equalled the feat of Ireland's Paul Stirling, who hit 118 and 115 not out against Denmark in a two-innings match at the 2006 tournament.
The Worcestershire opener was again involved in a big first-wicket stand with Stijn Allema: the Dutch pair put on 129 before Allema was bowled by Ben Stevens for 32, and this formed the basis of a total of 296 for nine.
Kervezee went on until he was sixth out with the score on 255, his 155 coming from 137 deliveries with 14 fours and two sixes. The rest of the Dutch batting gave support without making much of an impression, although Philip van den Brandeler made 20 and Sebastiaan Braat weighed in towards the end with 21.
Steven Blackburn was the most successful of the Jersey bowlers with three for 49.
Jersey were soon in trouble at 27 for four in reply, Olivier Klaus and Paul van Meekeren picking up two wickets each, but then a fifth-wicket stand of 66 between Stevens (24) and skipper Anthony Kay (54) helped to restore their fortunes somewhat.
Once they were out, however, the innings again subsided, and despite an interruption for a heavy shower The Netherlands were able to dismiss their hosts for 150 in 42.2 overs, Van Meekeren returning to claim two more wickets and finish with four for 31. Klaus had three for 25, and Tim Gruijters two for 19.
Ireland remain firmly on course to win the competition following a comprehensive 232-run win over Guernsey at Farmer's Field.
At Les Quennevais, Denmark was no match for Scotland, battling their way to 133 all out after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Scotland's victory was never in doubt as they reached the target in 18.5 overs.
Friday is a rest day, with the final two rounds of matches scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
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