Ireland Academy 2023
Eliminator: Ireland Academy lost to Spain by 7 wickets
Cartama Oval, Spain, 20 October.
Ireland Academy 139/6 (10 overs: Jared Wilson 36, Tim Tector 33, Gavin Hoey 24, Liam Doherty 23*; Raja Adeel 2-27)
Spain 143/3 (8.5 overs: Muhammad Barbar 60, Hamza Dar 43*)
Ireland bowed out of the tournament with a loss to hosts Spain who chased their 140 target to win with seven balls to spare. The early losses of Seamus Lynch and Sam Harbinson damaged their hopes of a truly commanding total, but cameos from Jared Wilson 36, Tim Tector 33, Gavin Hoey 24, and Liam Doherty 23* got them up to 139 for 6. Any hopes it would be enough were blown away by a hard hit 60 in 23 balls from Muhammad Barbar (8 sixes) and a rapid 15-ball unbeaten 43 from Hamza Dar (6 sixes).
European T10: Ireland beat England by 6 wickets
Malaga, 19 October.
England 122/5 (10 overs: Cameron Hemp 36, David Scott 26; Mike Frost 2-13)
Ireland 123/4 (9.3 overs: Sam Harbinson 66*, Tim Tector 21)
An unbeaten 66 from skipper Sam Harbinson kept alive Ireland's hopes of making Finals Day as they beat England by six wickets in Spain. A much improved bowling display saw the England XI restricted to 122 for 5, with two wickets for Mike Frost and decent spells from Ollie Riley and Jared Wilson. Seamus Lynch fell in the first over, but a breezy cameo from Tim Tector (21) got Ireland back on track. Merrion all-rounder Harbinson then ensured the win as he cleared the ropes six times and also hit five boundaries in his 66 not out from 28 balls to secure victory with three balls left. Ireland take on Italy in their final group game on Thursday afternoon (3pm) needing a win and hoping other results go their way to eke out fourth place.
European T10: Ireland beat Italy by 9 wickets
Malaga, 19 October.
Italy 114/8 (10 overs: Nishermal Fernnado 55, Sarnaru Jayawardena 25*; Tim Tector 2-29, Sam Harbinson 3-26, Mike Frost 2-21)
Ireland 119/1 (4.2 overs: Seamus Lynch 54*, Sam Harbinson 44*, Tim Tector 12)
Ireland's quickfire win has guaranteed fourth place and an appearance on Finals Day. There they will Spain in Friday morning's eliminator. Skipper Sam Harbinson led by example taking three wickets in four balls as Italy slumped to 37 for 6. Nishermal Fernando's 55 from 19 balls (5 fours, 5 sixes) helped them to recover to 114 for 8, but it still was way below par in the high scoring tournament. Tim Tector hit two sixes before being trapped lbw, but that didn't trouble the Irish at all. Seamus Lynch cleared the ropes eight times in a 12-ball unbeaten 55, as he and Harbinson - who hit 44 not out from 11 balls - added 86 for the second wicket to seal the win in 26 balls.
European T10: Ireland lost to Jersey by 40 runs
Malaga, 18 October.
Jersey 199/5 (10 overs: Asa Tribe 122 (32 balls, 7x4s 14x6s), Jonty Jenner 34; Jared Wilson 2-34, Adam Kennedy 1-49)
Ireland 159/6 (10 overs: Sam Harbinson 97, Scott Macbeth 42*; Asa Tribe 2-17, Toby Britton 2-31)
The trophy (CricketEurope)
First ball of the second over and Hoey and Wilson collide in the covers spilling Asa Tribe's chipped catch - he went on to score a century off 24 balls before he finished with 122 off 32 - a costly drop! It was a case of toss it up and watch it disappear for all the Ireland bowlers. Lynch went caught behind first ball of the chase and Tector first ball of the second over! Skipper Harbinson stepped up with 97 off 31 balls, he almost survived as Saumerauer and Tribe collided but the catch was held, as was Hoey's slog first ball. Doherty gave Tribe the charge first ball, missed, dropped his bat, and was left sprawling and was stumped - just about summed today up! That was Ireland's only game today - plenty of time to get into the nets.
European T10: Ireland lost to Netherlands by 4 wickets
Malaga, 17 October.
Ireland 122/9 (10 overs: Seamus Lynch 44, Gavin Hoey 28; Olivier Elenbaas 2-14, Arvan Jain 2-16, Sebastiaan Braat 2-23, Clayton Floyd 2-26)
Netherlands 126/6 (8.3 overs: Sikander Zulfiqar 36, Michael Levitt 24; Sam Harbinson 3-28)
Toss: Netherlands
European T10: Ireland beat Spain by 51 runs
Malaga, 16 October.
Ireland 216/3 (10 overs: Tim Tector 108*, (32 balls, 5x4 13x6), Seamus Lynch 50, Scott Macbeth 22, Sam Harbinson 14*)
Spain 165/6 (10 overs: Muhammad Ihsan 43, Muhammad Yasin 37*, Awais Ahmed 22; Gavin Hoey 2-17)
Tim Tector's unbeaten century ensured Ireland got Championship week off to a winning start with a 51-run win over hosts Spain at the Cartama Oval. The YMCA batsman hit 13 sixes and 5 fours in his 108 off 32 balls as the Irish posted a mammoth 216 for 3. He shared stands of 70 with a Seamus Lynch for the second wicket - who continued his love affair with the T10 tournament as he pummelled 7 sixes and 2 fours in his 12-ball half century - and 86 for the third wicket with Scott Macbeth (22). Skipper Sam Harbinson (14*) also cleared the ropes twice as the Irish innings saw 23 sixes and 10 fours scored. Tector dismissed the dangerous Daniel Doyle-Calle second ball, and despite hard-hit cameos from Ihsan (43 - 6 sixes) and Yasin (37* - 5 sixes) Ireland were always in control. Pembroke leg-spinner Gavin Hoey (2-17) was one of the few bowlers in the contest to escape serious punishment as Spain ended on 165 for 6.
European T10: Ireland lost to Germany by 9 wickets
Malaga, 16 October.
Ireland 130/7 (10 overs: Seamus Lynch 53, Cameron Melly 25: Ghulam Ahmadi 3-17, Fayaz Khan 2-17)
Germany 132/1 (7.4 overs: Jamshed Khan 60*, Shahid Afridi 44*)
Ireland were brought down to earth after a nine-wicket humbling by Germany who made light work of a potentially tricky 130 target. Seamus Lynch again made a powerful half century, hitting seven sixes in his 18-ball 53 as he and Cameron Melly (25) got them off to a quick start in an opening stand of 46. Thereafter the innings stuttered as Man of the Match Ghulam Ahmadi (3-17) and Fayaz Khan (2-17) took wickets at regular intervals. There were some late blows from Jared Wilson (14*), Gavin Hoey (12) and Sam Harbinson (10*) but a total of 130 for 7 looked light at the halfway stage and so it proved. Tim Tector took a wicket in the opening over having been hit twice out of the park, but that was the sole success for the Irish as the Germans powered to victory with a second wicket stand of 120 between Jamshed Khan who hit 6 fours and 5 sixes in a top score of 60 from 24 balls, and Shahid Afridi who thumped five maximums in his 18-ball unbeaten 44. A chastening loss for Pete Johnston's side who face defending champions The Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon.
European T10: Ireland beat Hungary by 54 runs
Malaga, 7 October.
Ireland Academy 168/2 (10 overs: Cameron Melly 58*, Scott Macbeth 45*, Tim Tector 39, Gavin Hoey 18)
Hungary 114/7 (10 overs: Leus du Plooy 37, Ashrith Darapureddy 27, Vinoth Ravindram 20; Tim Tector 2-3, O Riley 2-17)
Ireland marched into the final with another resounding win, this time against Hungary. The Irish continued to rotate their batting line-up and once again it proved successful as Tim Tector and Cameron Melly got them off to the proverbial flyer. YMCA opener Tector thumped five sixes in a 13-ball 39 as 50 came up in three overs. Melly then took up the mantle as he and Gavin Hoey (18) put on 62 for the second wicket. The runs kept flowing as Scott MacBeth joined his Brigade colleague Melly - 56 coming from the last 20 balls. Melly top-scored with an unbeaten 58 from 28 balls (4 fours, 5 sixes), while Macbeth's 12-ball 45 not out included 6 sixes. A total of 168 for 2 was certainly an imposing one, and despite a hard-hit 37 from Derbyshire's Leus Du Plooy they never came close to worrying Ireland. Tim Tector (2-3) removed both Du Plooy brothers, while his YMCA colleague Olly Riley again bowled with real pace. The only concern for Pete Johnston's side will be an unusually sloppy fielding display with two dropped catches and a number of misfields. Ireland will play either Hungary again or Finland in the final at 7.30pm on Saturday evening.
Group Final : Hungary lost to Ireland Academy by 8 wickets
Malaga, 7 October.
Hungary 137/2 (10 overs: Ximus du Plooy 52*, Ashrith Darapuereddy 43, Leus du Plooy 18)
Ireland Academy 138/2 (8.4 overs: Tim Tector 48, Scott Macbeth 44*, Seamus Lynch 36; Ximus du Plooy 2-29)
Group Winners - Ireland Academy (ECN)
Ireland clinched Group D of the European Championships with their third win over Hungary and will proceed to Finals week later in the month. This was their toughest test yet as Hungary posted 137 for 2 with a half century from Ximus du Plooy. Ireland' batters though have dominated all week and did once again in the decider. Seamus Lynch set the tone with an explosive 36 from just 11 balls (2 fours, 4 sixes) as he dominated an opening stand of 54 in only three overs. Fellow opener Tim Tector and Scott Macbeth continued to clear the ropes with ease, with the pair hitting a combined 11 sixes. Tector also hit two fours in his top-score of 48 (21 balls), while Macbeth's unbeaten 17-ball 44 ensured the eight wicket win in the penultimate over. Pete Johnston' side have been the stand-out side by a considerable margin, but they will face a sterner test in nine days where holders The Netherlands, Italy, Jersey, and hosts Spain have already qualified, likely to be joined by an England XI and Scotland.
European T10: Ireland beat Hungary by 7 wickets
Malaga, Spain, 6 October.
Hungary 94/5 (10 overs: Ashrith Darapureddy 51*; Olly Riley 2-3, Gavin Hoey 2-18, Jared Wilson 1-15)
Ireland 96/3 (4.3 overs: Seamus Lynch 51*, Tim Tector 23)
Seamus Lynch made a record half century as Ireland Academy made it three wins from three with an emphatic seven wickets win over Hungary at the Cartama Oval in Spain. The Terenure opener dubbed ‘La Machina/The Machine’ by the tournament organisers following his exploits last year continued in the same vein with a blistering unbeaten 51 off just ten balls. His knock included seven sixes, three fours and a single as Pete Johnston’s side chased down their modest 95 target in just 4.3 overs. Tim Tector cleared the ropes three times in his 23 from seven balls, while Liam Doherty (13) also made double figures. YMCA’s teenage speedster Olly Riley (2-3) was the pick of the bowlers, getting the prize scalp of Derbyshire’s Leus Du Plooy for just a single – the South African having made a tournament record century the day before. Ireland’s fielding was top quality, with Carson McCullough and a combination of Liam Doherty and Jared Wilson taking exceptional catches. Ireland lead the group going into their final group game later this evening when they play Finland.
European T10: Ireland beat Finland by 66 runs
Malaga, Spain, 6 October.
Ireland 161/0 (10 overs: Sam Harbinson 81*, John McNally 69*)
Finland 95/8 (10 overs: Faheem Nellancheri 39; Carson McCullough 2-12, Scott Macbeth 2-19)
Ireland produced another emphatic display to top the Group beating Finland by 66 runs. The Irish once again mixed up their batting with skipper Sam Harbinson and John McNally getting an opportunity at the top of the order. The duo took full advantage with an unbroken opening stand of 161 in ten overs. Merrion all-rounder Harbinson top scored with 81 from 35 balls (7 fours, 6 sixes), while Clontarf teenager McNally cleared the ropes seven times and clubbed four boundaries too in his 26-ball 69. The Finns never threatened in the chase, with two wickets apiece for Carson McCullough and Scott Macbeth keeping them to 95 for 8. There was also a wicket apiece for Tim Tector, John McNally, Gavin Hoey and Mike Frost. Ireland will take on Hungary on Saturday, with the winners going to the final, while the loser will have another opportunity to make the decider playing the winner of the eliminator game.
European T10: Ireland beat Austria by 61 runs
Malaga, Spain, 5 October.
Ireland 150/2 (10 overs: Seamus Lynch 67, Tim Tector 55; Karanbir Singh 2-19)
Austria 89/9 (10 overs: Baseer Khan 23*, Imran Asif 21; Adam Kennedy 3-2, Mike Frost 2-18)
Ireland opened Group D of the T10 European Championships with a convincing 61-run win over Austria at the Cartama Oval in Spain. The win was set up by an opening stand of 125 between Seamus Lynch and Tim Tector which propelled Pete Johnston's side to 150 for 2 in their ten overs. Terenure opener Lynch hit seven 6's and three fours in a top-score of 67, while YMCA's Tim Tector's 55 saw him clear the ropes 6 times as well as three boundaries. Scott Macbeth added late runs with a rapid 19 not out. Austria never threatened to chase it down, kept to jut 89 for 9. CIYMS seamer Adam Kennedy (3-2) took three wickets in an over, while Malahide left-arm spinner Mike Frost (2-18) took two wickets in the final over of a one-sided win. Tim Tector took three catches in the deep as Ireland dominated from start to finish. Ireland are back in action this afternoon when they take on Turkey at 4.30pm.
European T10: Ireland beat Turkey by 10 wickets
Malaga, Spain, 5 October.
Turkey 51/6 (10 overs: Jared Wilson 2-1)
Ireland 52/0 (3.5 overs: Liam Doherty 29*, Cameron Melly 21*)
Ireland made it two wins from two as they thumped Turkey by ten wickets in the afternoon game at the Cartama Oval. A fine bowling display saw the Turks restricted to a very modest 51 for 6 with two wickets for Jared Wilson (2-1), and one apiece for Olly Riley, Scott Macbeth and Mike Frost, with Liam Doherty/Seamus Lynch getting a run out. The chase was over in 23 balls with the North West duo of Liam Doherty (29*) and Cameron Melly (21*) getting some batting practice as the Irish coaches changed it up. Doherty cleared the ropes four times in 11 balls, while Melly hit 3 fours and a 6. On Friday, Ireland face Finland and Hungary - for whom Derbyshire's Leus Du Plooy made 93 from 27 balls in their win over the Finns.
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