Ireland Under 19 2023
England Young Lions XI beat Ireland by 131 runs
Loughborough, 25 August.
England Young Lions XI 373/9 (50 overs; T Wylie 111, H Mustard 66, T Holland 43, Y Bin Naeem 33, R Lewis 29, L Owens 24*; D Forkin 3-64, F Lutton 3-80)
Ireland 242 (37.4 overs; J Neill 66, H Dyer 43, E Birch 36, R Hunter 30; Haider Hussain 3-63, L Owens 2-12, R Lewis 2-55)
England beat Ireland by 209 runs
Loughborough, 23 August.
England 372-7 (50 overs: K Fonseka 76, R Whitfield 59, H Rogers 56, H Hurle 46, J Carney 44, B McKinney 25; F Lutton 2-56, J Neill 1-42, H Dyer 1-37, M Weldon 1-70)
Ireland 163 (31.5 overs: M Cosgrave 45, P Le Roux 36, R Hunter 34; H Rogers 4-26, J Thomas 2-25, T Ali 2-27)
Action from the game (CricketEurope)
England U19's gained revenge for their Monday loss with a resounding 209-run win over Ireland at Loughborough. Kesh Fonseka top-scored with 76 and there were also half centuries for Ross Whitfield and Henry Rogers as the hosts made 372 for 7. Finn Lutton took two wickets, while there were one apiece for Jordan Neill, Harry Dyer and Matt Weldon. Facing such a daunting total, Ireland were never in contention, dismissed for 163. Macdara Cosgrave top-scored with 45, while skipper Philippe Le Roux made 36 and Ryan Hunter 34. Ireland finish the week with a match against England Young Lions who have been taking on Australia Under 19s this week.
England lost to Ireland by 72 runs
Haslegrave, Loughborough, 21 August.
Ireland 333/5 (50 overs: S Macbeth 90*, J Neill 77, G Roulston 73, R Hunter 47; F Ahmed 2-48, D Hogg 2-70)
England 261 (43.5 overs: K Fonseka 121, T Holland 35, D Hogg 26; D Forkin 4-53, C McCullough 2-52, M Weldon 2-55)
Gavin Roulston and Scott Macbeth who shared a century stand as Ireland U19s beat England U19s (CricketEurope)
Ireland U19s claimed a famous 72-run win over their English counterparts in their first youth ODI at Loughborough. Batting first they were given the perfect start by an opening stand of 98 between Jordan Neill and Ryan Hunter, who made 47 (7 fours). Merrion opener Neill went on to add a further 53 with Gavin Roulston before being dismissed for 77 (10 fours). Macdara Cosgrave and skipper Philippe Le Roux went cheaply to leave the game finely balanced at 170 for 4 in the 36th over. Scott Macbeth joined Roulston and the North West pair produced a match defining partnership of 117 in just 11.3 overs, with Macbeth top-scoring, hitting 8 fours and 6 maximums in his unbeaten 90 from just 48 balls. Roulston also made a half-century, his 73 including 5 fours and 2 sixes. The pair really pressed the accelerator as 143 runs came in the last 10 overs of the innings - 46 from the last three as Carson McCullough (23* off 10 balls) took up the mantle after Roulston's dismissal. A total of 333 for 5 gave the Irish a real filliip, but they knew that on a good pitch with smallish boundaries they would have to bowl well. The Hills left-arm quick Matthew Weldon (2-55) gave them a perfect start with a breakthrough in the first over, but Nottinghamshire's Travis Holland (35) and Kesh Fonseka got the innings back on track with a second wicket stand of 89. It was a case of 'spin to win' for Pete Johnston's side as Carson McCullough (2-52), Jordan Neill and Scott Macbeth all got among the wickets. The star turn though was Merrion left-arm spinner Daniel Forkin, who got four wickets including the prize scalp of Lancashire batsman Fonseka, who made a quite brilliant 121 from 112 balls (12 fours, 5 sixes) and it was only when he was back in the pavilion that Ireland could relax - eventually sealing a 72-run win. A very proud day for all of Irish cricket in what is undoubtedly one of, if not the best win by an Irish youth side. The teams meet again on Wednesday at the same venue.
Warwickshire Academy beat Ireland by 145 runs
Birmingham, 17 August.
Warwickshire Academy 283-9 (50 overs, D Khan 70, K Smith 58, O Dandy 34, Y Khali 31; J Neill 3-42, C McCullough 2-45, S Macbeth 2-50)
Ireland 138 (27.2 overs, R Hunter 37, J Neill 30; T Wylie 7-40, M Shakh 3-43)
Warwickshire Academy beat Ireland U19s (CricketEurope)
Ireland Under 19's were on the receiving end of another heavy loss against Warwickshire Academy as they went down to a 145-run defeat. Daniyal Khan (70) and Kai Smith (58) scored half centuries as the Bears posted 283 for 9. It could have been worse but for a fightback by Pete Johnston's side that saw the spinners once again bring some control to proceedings. Jordan Neill took three wickets, while there were two apiece for Carson McCullough and Scott Macbeth. The Irish reply started brightly as Ryan Hunter (37) and Jordan Neill (30) shared an opening stand of 62 in 10 overs, before the wheels came off with the introduction of left-arm spinner Theo Wylie, who took full advantage of the used pitch to claim 7 for 40 - Ireland bundled out for 138 in the 28th over. Ireland are back in action next week as they take on England in two youth ODIs at Loughborough.
Warwickshire Academy beat Ireland by 5 wickets
Birmingham, 16 August.
Ireland 252/9 (50 overs: R Hunter 37, G Roulston 37, O Riley 35*, P le Roux 27; T Wylie 4-37, Y Khalil 3-49)
Warwickshire Academy 253/5 (46 overs: O Dandy 106, A Khan 37, G Maddy 31*, T Wylie 27)
Ireland U19s get ready to go onto the field (CricketEurope)
Ireland U19s five-match trip to England got off to a losing start as they encountered 'Hurricane Oliver' in a 5 wicket loss against Warwickshire Academy. Batting first, Ryan Hunter and Gavin Roulston both scored 37 in a second wicket stand of 60, before the Irish lost their way, losing wickets in clusters to slip from 98 for 1 to 168 for 7. The tail wagged with Olly Riley hitting an unbeaten 35 as Pete Johnston's side finished on 252 for 9. Theo Wylie - signed on a rookie contract by the Bears for the One-Day Cup took four wickets and made 27 in an opening stand of 67 with Oliver Dandy in just six overs. Dandy took the Irish attack apart in a powerful display of pinch hitting, with the teenager clearing the ropes 8 times as well as hitting 8 fours in his 106 from just 102 deliveries. He added a further 97 for the second wicket with Amir Khan (37) as the hosts reached 164 for 1 in the 23rd over. The Irish spinners wrestled back some control, with Merrion left-armer Daniel Forkin taking 1-27, and being the pick of the Irish bowlers. Warwickshire sealed the win in 46 overs, with wicket-keeper George Maddy hitting an unbeaten 31. The sides meet again on Thursday at the same venue.
One Day: Ireland beat Jersey by 17 runs
Lisburn, 3 August.
Ireland 117 (40.2 overs: Aaron McGeehan 35, Toby Britton 3-19, George Richardson 2-24)
Jersey 100 (33.3 overs: Charlie Brennan 41; James West 5-16, Daniel Forkin 2-12, Finn Lutton 2-34)
James West claimed 5 wickets for 16. runs (CricketEurope)
James West claimed a stunning five wicket haul to bowl Ireland Under 19's to a remarkable comeback win against Jersey. Pete Johnston's side got out of jail after a poor batting display saw them dismissed for just 117 - thanks primarily to Aaron McGeehan's 35. Charlie Brennan then thumped 7 fours and a six in a whirlwind 41 from only 20 balls to take the Channel Islanders to 66 for 2 in the 13th over. His dismissal by Carson McCullough proved the decisive moment in the contest, as they lost eight wickets for 34 to be 100 all out - West claiming five wickets, fellow CSNI player Finn Lutton claiming two, as did Merrion left-arm spinner Daniel Forkin. Ireland claim the series 2-0, and will now embark on a four-game series in England, two of which are against the senior U19 side.
One Day: Ireland beat Jersey by 33 runs
Lisburn, 2 August.
Ireland 170/5 (25 overs: Hayden Melly 46, Macdara Cosgrove 32, Carson McCullough 28; Louis Kelly 3-30)
Jersey 137 (25 overs: Jack Stevens 40, Charlie Brennan 21; James West 3-17, Daniel Forkin 2-18)
CSNI's four Ireland U19 squad members with club captain Stuart Thompson (CricketEurope)
Ireland Under 19s continued their winning run with a 33-run win over Jersey in a game reduced to 25 overs. That any play was possible was thanks to a Herculean effort by Dean Simpson and the Wallace Park groundstaff following the relentless weather of recent weeks. The hosts posted 170 for 5, with Hayden Melly making a steady 46, before late fireworks from Macdara Cosgrave and Carson McCullough. They added 60 in just five overs, hitting a combined 5 sixes. Louis Kelly (3-30) was the pick of the Channel Islanders bowling. It was a case of 'spin to win' for Pete Johnston's side with James West - one of four CSNI players in the squad - taking 3 for 17, and Merrion's Daniel Forkin again in the wickets, claiming 2 for 18. Jack Stevens (40) and Charlie Brennan (21) did well for Jersey as they ended on 137. The teams will meet again on Thursday at the same venue in a 50-overs contest.
Match 3: Scotland v Ireland: abandoned
Mannofield, Aberdeen., 27 July.
Scotland 47/1 (8.4 overs: A Price 27*)
Less than 9 overs were possible in the third and final match of the Celtic Cup series, with the hosts on 47 for 1 when play was abandoned - John McNally with the wicket for Ireland. Pete Johnston's side take the trophy 2-0, and will now play two matches next week against Jersey in Lisburn, before playing four games in England, including two ODI's against their English counterparts.
Match 2: Scotland lost to Ireland by 123 runs
Mannofield, Aberdeen, 25 July.
Ireland 275 (49.5 overs; Gavin Roulston 67, Macdara Cosgrave 58, Ryan Hunter 32, Phillipe le Roux 26; Mackenzie Jones 4-63, Nikhil Koreeswaran 3-40)
Scotland 152 (33.1 overs; Owen Goold 58, Mackenzie Jones 30; Daniel Forkin 5-22)
Ireland U19ss ready to defend their total (Hamish Balfour)
Ireland Under 19s took a 2-0 lead in the series with a thoroughly convincing 123-run win against Scotland in Aberdeen. Bready's Gavin Roulston and Pembroke's Macdara Cosgrave scored half centuries, while Merrion left-arm spinner Daniel Forkin took five wickets. Left-hander Roulston top-scored with 67 (4 fours) as he shared stands of 64 for the third wicket with skipper Phillipe Le Roux (26) and 55 for the fifth wicket with Cosgrave - who hit five boundaries in his 58 from 55 balls. There were runs too for CSNI opener Ryan Hunter (32) as Ireland posted 275 - four wickets for Mackenzie Jones and three for Nikhil Koreeswaran. Ollie Riley again struck in the first over of the chase, and with the Irish fielding vastly improved, Scotland were never in contention. Jordan Neill, Macdara Cosgrave and Ollie Riley held excellent catches as Scotland were bowled out for 152 despite another half century for skipper Owen Goold. Forkin finished with 5 for 22 to cap a superb display by Pete Johnston's side who will play the third game of the Celtic Cup series on Thursday at the same venue.
Scotland lost to Ireland by 27 runs
Mannofield, Aberdeen., 24 July.
Ireland 291/6 (50 overs: Phillipe le Roux 63, John McNally 50*, Gavin Roulston 44, Scott Macbeth 44, Macdara Cosgrave 21, Ryan Hunter 20; M Jones 2-29)
Scotland 264 (48 overs: Uzair Ahmad 78, Owen Goold 73, Ali Price 47; Scott Macbeth 3-53, Oliver Riley 2-38 Carson McCullough 2-43)
Half centuries from skipper Phillipe Le Roux and John McNally helped Ireland Under 19's to a 27-run win on the opening day of their Celtic Cup clash with Scotland in Aberdeen. Railway Union's Le Roux top scored with 63 (7 fours, 1 six) as he shared stands of 78 for the third wicket with Gavin Roulston and 60 for the fourth with Scott Macbeth - both of whom made 44. Clontarf left-hander John McNally took advantage of the platform set by the top order as he thumped a rapid unbeaten half century from just 29 balls as Pete Johnston's side finished on 291 for 7. Olly Riley (2-38) struck with the first ball of the chase, but any notion Ireland had of a quick win were soon dispelled by a second wicket partnership of 126 between Owen Goold (73) and Ali Price (47) - both of whom benefitted from dropped opportunities. Three wickets for Scott Macbeth and two for CIYMS spinner Carson McCullough ensured Ireland started with a 27-run win, despite a hard hit 78 in just 64 deliveries from Uzair Ahmad, who again took advantage of a dropped chance early on - something for Ireland to work on as the teams continue their series on Tuesday morning at Mannofield.
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