Ireland wins U/17 Championship as weather plays spoilsport

Sun, Aug 2, 2009 11:16 AM

Ireland wins U/17 Championship as weather plays spoilsport
Weather ruined the final day of the ICC European Under-17 Championships Division 1 2009 at Osborne Park, as the title decider between Ireland and Scotland was abandoned in late afternoon without a ball being bowled.

Not that the Irish would have minded as anything other than a comprehensive defeat would have given them the title, and they can now celebrate a third consecutive championship success as the team finished the event with maximum points.

At Bready, persistent drizzle allowed the Netherlands and Guernsey only eleven overs of play before the match was called off. The Dutch progressed to 50-2, with Sverre Loggers making 27 and Matthew Renouf - now the tournament's leading wicket-taker with nine dismissals - and Matt Breban sharing the wickets.

Both teams were awarded one point each, as Guernsey finish in a more than creditable fourth place, with the Dutch in fifth.

The third game at Coleraine saw some action as Jersey posted on a mammoth total to beat Denmark by 164 runs under the Duckworth Lewis method.

Batting first, Jersey U/17s finished with 391-4 thanks to a brilliant century posted by skipper Ben Stevens as he cracked a massive 162 runs in 121 balls with able support from Aidan McGuire (53), Corne Bodenstein (44 from 26 balls) and Tim de la Haye (48 not out).

In response, Denmark finished at 56-5 in 21 overs before game was stopped due to bad weather and victory handed to Jersey as it finished the tournament in third place owing to Scotland's superior run rate.

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