Ireland wins inaugural European U/17 women's event

Fri, Jul 31, 2009 5:01 PM

Ireland wins inaugural European U/17 women's event
Scotland and the Netherlands were no match for Ireland in the first ever European U/17 women's event as the Irish girls stormed to the title in the Netherlands on Thursday without losing a game.

The experiment of a hybrid competition, with three 40-over matches followed by a round of Twenty20 matches, proved a great success.

In the 40-over matches Ireland beat Scotland by six wickets and the Netherlands by 48 runs and followed this up with convincing victories over the same sides in the final day of round-robin Twenty20 matches. Scotland finished second by virtue of beating the Netherlands in both of their matches - a massive 118 run win in the 40-over game and a much tighter 12 run triumph in the Twenty20.

The gulf between Ireland and the opposition was significant, as evidenced by the stats of their captain, Laura Delany. The all-rounder amassed 132 runs at 44.00, took 12 wickets at an average of 3.83 and an economy rate of 1.96, and pouched seven catches into the bargain. Unsurprisingly the Irish youngster was named Player of the Tournament.

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