Ireland Under 15 2023
Ireland beat Scotland by 32 runs (Match 1)
The Cloughan, Templepatrick, 17 August.
Ireland 154-6 (20 overs: R O'Brien 41, B Dunphy 38, E Marshall 28; S Boggala 4-22)
Scotland 122- 7 (20 overs: F Foley 27, R Grant 20; A Wankhade 2-30)
One of the Reverse Sweeps on show today (CricketEurope)
Skipper Rob O'Brien top-scored with 41 as Ireland Under 15's continued their winning streak with a 32-run win over Scotland in the first of two T20s at Templepatrick. Brian Dunphy chipped in with 38 and Ethan Marshall made 28 as the young Irish racked up 154 for 6 despite four wickets for Srikar Boggala. Fergus Foley (27) and Rory Grant (20) got starts, but Ireland were always in command as the Scots finished on 122 for 7 - two wickets for Aadi Wankhade.
Ireland beat Scotland by 7 runs (Match 2)
The Cloughan, Templepatrick, 17 August.
Ireland 144-4 (20 overs: B Whaley 45, R O'Brien 29, S Yeates 27)
Scotland 137-7 (20 overs: R Grant 59, J Imray 33*; L Bates 2-39)
Ireland U15 Celtic Cup Winners 2023 (CricketEurope)
A third wicket stand of 67 between Pembroke's Bruce Whaley and skipper Rob O'Brien helped Ireland take the Celtic Cup Series 4-0 with their second T20 win of the day at Templepatrick. Whaley top-scored with a run-a-ball 45, while O'Brien cleared the fence twice in a hard-hit 29 as the Irish made 144 for 4. Scotland threatened briefly as Rory Grant hit 57 from just 40 balls (3 fours, 2 sixes), while John Imray also hit two maximums in a whirlwind unbeaten 33, but the Irish held on to win by seven runs and complete the clean sweep.
Ireland beat Scotland by 202 runs.
Upritchard Park, Bangor, 15 August.
Ireland 326 (50 overs; S Haslett 92, D Murray 70, R O'Brien 39, S Yeates 27, L McKeown 25*; M Asif 2-42, S Thaker 2-69)
Scotland 124 (24.1 overs; G Gammell 38, M Chaplain 31; E Marshall 5-26, L Bates 2-26)
Ireland U15 Squad. (CricketEurope)
A sixth wicket stand of 123 between Sam Haslett and Dan Murray helped Ireland U15s to a thumping 202-run win over Scotland at Bangor to take a 2-0 series lead in the Celtic Cup. Bonds Glen all-rounder Haslett top-scored with 92 (5 fours, 2 sixes), while Pembroke's Murray made a fluent 70 from only 60 balls (9 fours, 1 six). There were runs too for skipper Rob O'Brien (39), Seb Yeates (27) and Lucas McKeown - who hit 3 sixes in an 8-ball unbeaten 25 - as the Irish finished on an imposing 326. Clontarf's Ethan Marshall then took five wickets as Scotland were whittled out for just 124 - two scalps also for Luca Bates. The teams are off on Wednesday, before playing two T20s at Templepatrick on Thursday.
Ireland beat Scotland by 6 wickets.
Upritchard Park, Bangor, 14 August.
Scotland 140-9 (35 overs; R Grant 37, A Khan 30; E Marshall 3-28, B Brolly 2-19, S Haslett 2-26, B Walsh 2-31)
Ireland 144-4 (30.4 overs; R O'Brien 46, S Yeates 38, S Haslett 25*)
Early wicket for Ireland at Bangor (CricketEurope)
Ireland Under 15's got off to a winning start beating Scotland by 6 wickets in the opening match of their Celtic Cup Series at Bangor. There was a frustrating delay which saw the game reduced to 35 overs, and batting first the Scots made 140 fo 9 with Rory Grant top-scoring with 37. Ethan Marshall picked up three wickets, with the spinning triumvirate of Bobby Brolly, Sam Haslett and Ben Walsh all took two. Scotland struck two early blows in the chase, but a third wicket stand of 64 between skipper Rob O'Brien (46) and Seb Yeates (38) brought Ireland back on top, with Sam Haslett's unbeaten 25 clinching the win in the 31st over. The teams meet again at the same venue on Tuesday.
Ireland beat Northamptonshire by 4 wickets
Durham, 11 August.
Northamptonshire 179 (40.2 overs, William Wears 56, Ram Patel 29, Harry Bennett-Sulsh 24, James West 3-34, Daniel Murray 2-21)
Ireland 182-6 (33.3 overs, Robert O'Brien 58, Sam Haslett 34, James West 26, Ethan Marshall 23*, Frank Fowler 3-44)
Captains at the toss of the BA Festival final between Ireland and Northants (JP)
Ireland defended their Under 15 crown with an excellent four wickets win over Northamptonshire at the Durham Festival. Northants posted 179 with William Wears top-scoring with 56. James West took 3 for 34 to take his tally for the week to 13 - winning the leading wicket taker award for the second time at the prestigious competition. The Irish reply started disastrously as they lost their top three with just 8 on the board - their target of 180 looking very distant. They rallied thanks to a counter-attacking 58 from just 41 deliveries by skipper Rob O'Brien, who cleared the ropes 5 times as well as striking 4 furs. He added 78 with James West (26) as the Irish reply got back on track. Further runs from the middle-order pair of Sam Haslett (34) and Ethan Marshall (23*) sealed victory in the 34th over. Nigel Jones side are back in action next week as they face Scotland in the Celtic Cup series with two 50 over games at Bangor on Monday and Tuesday, followed by two T20's at Templepatrick on Thursday.
Suffolk lost to Ireland by 8 wickets
Raby Castle, 10 August.
Suffolk 75 (35.1 overs: Bobby Brolly 4-6, James West 4-17)
Ireland 76/2 (14 overs: Robert O'Brien 31*)
Captains and umpires pictured at the Toss (JP)
Ireland Under 15s made it four wins from four at the Durham Festival with a dominant 8 wickets win over previously unbeaten Suffolk. The Irish spinners have been in tremendous form all week and it was more of the same as James West of CSNI and Ardmore's Bobby Brolly took four wickets apiece to bowl out Suffolk for just 75. The modest target proved little trouble for Nigel Jones side, who reached it for the loss of just two in 14 overs - Skipper Robert O'Brien making an unbeaten 31.
Cleveland Schools lost to Ireland by 13 runs
Barnard Castle, 9 August.
Ireland 244 (44 overs: E Clarke 68, L Bates 49, R O'Brien 34; A Thomas 3-37, T Hodgson 2-22)
Cleveland Schools 231/8 (50 overs: R Hill 77, H Carter 70, J Scholtz 21*; B Brolly 2-26, S Heaslett 2-36)
Luca Bates (49) and Ethan Clarke (68) added 72 for Ireland's 6th wicket. (JP)
Ireland's U15 squad share top spot in the Festival with Suffolk after a 13 run victory over previously unbeaten Cleveland. Ireland were bowled out leaving six overs unused and that nearly fact came back to haunt them as a late surge by Cleveland took them close. Ireland had posted what looked like enough with 244 thanks to half century partnerships between Ethan Clarke, firstly with Robert O'Brien and then with Luka Bates. In the Cleveland reply there were two wickets each for the North West pair of Bobby Brolly and Samuel Haslett before Aadi Wankhade took the wicket of top scorer Carter with the first ball of the final over, conceding only four runs to seal the win. Ireland face fellow table-toppers Suffolk on Thursday.
Western Rhinos lost to Ireland by 3 wickets
Barnard Castle, 8 August.
Western Rhinos 162 (46.1 overs; G van der Westhuizen 66, R Ward 27; James West 4-22, Sam Haslett 3-34, Luka Bates 2-18)
Ireland 163-7 (43 overs; Dan Murray 70*; Ethan Marshall 19, Lukas McKeown 21*, A Wijeyeratne 2-28, H Kirsop 2-18)
Ireland batting hero Dan Murray (JP)
An unbeaten 70 from Dan Murray rescued Ireland, who at one stage Ireland were 36 for 6 chasing 163. He found willing partners in Ethan Marshall, who added 65 for the 7th wicket, and an unbroken 62 for the 8th with Lukas McKeown (21*). James West (4-22) and Sam Haslett (3-34) were once again among the wickets as the Western Rhinos were bowled out for 162 - two wickets also for Luka Bates. Ireland are back in action on Wednesday when they play Cleveland Schools.
Ireland beat Netherlands by 4 wickets
Barnard Castle, 7 August.
Netherlands 123 (49.1 overs; Shirsak Banerjee 31, Sam Haslett 3-14, Bobby Brolly 2-9, James West 2-17)
Ireland 124-6 (33.2 overs; Brian Dunphy 50; Sam van Giezen 3-17)
Ireland Under 15s (JP)
Ireland Under 15s kicked off their tournament at Barnard Castle with a four wickets win over The Netherlands. It was yet again a case of 'spin to win' with Bonds Glen's Sam Haslett Haslett taking three wickets, while there were two apiece for Ardmore's Bobby Brolly and CSNI's James West. Shirshak Banerjee's 31 was the best of the Oranje's 123 all out in the 50th over. Balbriggan opener Brian Dunphy hit a 50 from 67 balls (6 fours, 1 six) to ensure the Irish won despite an excellent spell from Sam van Giezen (3-17). Bruce Whaley (16), Ethan Marshall (14) and Ethan Clarke (14*) made double figures as the Irish made it more difficult for themselves than it might have been. Next up for them on Tuesday is a clash with Western Rhinos.
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