Half centuries from Tim Tector and Phillipe Le Roux, plus three wickets apiece from David Vincent and Daniel Forkin helped Ireland Under 19's to an exciting ten-run win over the Free Foresters in the first of their three matches this week.
Batting first Ireland lost Luke Whelan and David Vincent cheaply, but Nathan McGuire continued to play positively, hitting 4 fours and 2 sixes in his 34 from 19 balls.
Skipper Tector also adopted an aggressive approach in his quickfire 63 from just 53 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes) as he and Le Roux shared a fifth wicket stand of 60.
Railway Union batsman Le Roux tempered his naturally belligerent batting as he marshalled the lower order after a flurry of wickets saw them wobbling at 172 for 7. He top scored with 64, sharing what proved to be a match defining stand of 60 with James Forbes (27) for the eighth wicket as the Irish finished their 45 overs on 238.
For the tourists, there were three wickets apiece for David O'Sullivan, Jafer Chohan and James Cunningham.
In the chase, it continues to be a memorable week for Merrion left-arm spinner Daniel Forkin, who followed up his first senior wickets with three in this clash.
Forkin's victims included a first ball duck for Ollie Metcalfe, one of three Instonians players in the visitors' ranks, with Cian Roberston and Cade Carmichael the others.
Action from the game at Wallace Park
Carmichael made 30 as he and opener Dan Holland put on 68 for the third wicket, and while Holland was there the game was in the balance.
Holland his 11 fours and 2 sixes as he top scored with 89, before becoming one of three wickets for Clontarf spinner David Vincent (3-34).
In a tense finale James Cunningham (40*) threatened to win the game, but the Irish teenagers held all their catches, kept their cool, and fielded tigerishly to ensure the win.
The teams play again today (THURS) at Shaw's Bridge, with the third and final game at Carrickfergus on Friday.
The matches are part of their preparations for the U19 World Cup qualifiers which are being held in Spain next month from September 19-25.
Ireland, Scotland, The Netherlands and Jersey will battle it out for a trip to the West Indies next January.
|Toss won by||Ireland U19|
|Umpires||K Hopley - J McCready|
|Scorers||EM Power - CMB Williams|
|Home Side||Ireland U19|
|Comment||Match 1 of 3 match series|
|NJ McGuire||c H Teesdale||b D O'Sullivan||34||54||29||4||2|
|L Whelan||b D O'Sullivan||1||14||5||0||0|
|DA Vincent||c A McCulla||b D O'Sullivan||3||11||8||0||0|
|Tim H Tector*||b J Chohan||63||72||53||6||2|
|P Le Roux||c P Philips||b J Cunningham||64||147||94||6||0|
|S Macbeth||c C Robertson||b J Chohan||2||16||11||0||0|
|R Millar||c P Philips||b J Chohan||16||29||30||2||0|
|J McNally||c J Chohan||b J Cunningham||1||4||6||0||0|
|J Forbes||c&b J Cunningham||26||38||27||4||0|
|M Sherzad||b H Teesdale||1||9||5||0||0|
|D Burke||not out||2||7||2||0||0|
|extras||(b4 lb9 w12 nb0)||25|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||238|
|1-17(L Whelan) 2-35(DA Vincent) 3-66(NJ McGuire) 4-126(Tim H Tector)|
|5-136(S Macbeth) 6-171(R Millar) 7-172(J McNally) 8-232(J Forbes) 9-234(P Le Roux)|
|R Hardwick||c J McNally||b D Forkin||4||5||5||1||0|
|D Holland||c R Millar||b DA Vincent||89||126||106||11||2|
|O Metcalfe||lbw||b D Forkin||0||1||2||0||0|
|C Carmichael||b D Forkin||30||51||44||4||0|
|P Philips||b J McNally||20||53||38||2||0|
|J Cunningham||not out||40||48||45||2||1|
|D O'Sullivan||lbw||b DA Vincent||18||20||15||1||1|
|J Chohan||c J Forbes||b DA Vincent||5||7||7||0||0|
|C Robertson||not out||13||16||8||0||1|
|extras||(b1 lb3 w5 nb0)||9|
|TOTAL||7 wickets for||228|
|1-9(R Hardwick) 2-9(O Metcalfe) 3-77(C Carmichael) 4-148(P Philips)|
|5-148(D Holland) 6-185(D O'Sullivan) 7-194(J Chohan)|