Berrington's 100 not enough to defeat Ireland

10 Sep

Scotland 222ao (49.5 overs) Berrington 101*, Davey 40, lost to Ireland 225/7 (42.2 overs) O'Brien 67, Evans 2/34 by 3 wickets [Scorecard]

Scotland returned to Malahide on Wednesday (10 September) looking to bounce back from their 7 wicket defeat after the opening encounter on Monday.

The toss again went the way of the Irish captain and there was no hesitation in electing to bowl first, particularly as the start was delayed by half an hour after heavy dew on the outfield.

It was chaotic start for the visitors as Matthew Cross steered a full delivery by Max Sorensen to the fence in the first over, only to be struck on the pad from the following delivery to be dismissed leg-before.

 In the second over Calum MacLeod struck Monday’s Irish hero, Craig Young, to the fence, only to be comprehensively bowled two balls later with Scotland 8/2.

Captain Preston Mommsen was the next batsman to fall, as he edged onto his stumps, leaving Scotland scratching their heads on 11/3.

Hamish Gardiner then chased a delivery to edge behind to wicket-keeper Poynter, who took a low grab to his right. Freddie Coleman strode to the crease and hit McBrine down the ground for the first maximum of the innings.

Coleman then got a good away-swinging delivery by Sorensen to take the outside edge to give Poynter another catch behind the stumps - Scotland were now teetering on the brink of destruction at 48/5.

An 84 run partnership between Richie Berrington and Josh Davey helped push the score up to 130 in the 35th over, as the sun quickened up the outfield with the ground basking in the Autumnal sun.

Davey was unfortunate not to reach his half-century, having made 40, before looking to drive a full delivery from Young, only to find the hands of Stuart Thompson at gully.

Berrington reached his 50 with a clip into the leg-side as he looked to reconstruct the innings, with the all-rounder starting to apply a bit of pressure on the Ireland bowlers with some powerful strokes.

His shot of the innings was a big hit over long on - passing his highest One Day score in the process. Michael Leask added 10 runs, including a six over the square leg boundary, but he was dismissed when he clipped the ball into the hands of Andrew Poyner at cow-corner.

Berrington found an able partner in the shape of Alasdair Evans. The tall seam bowler looked comfortable at the crease, to enable Scotland to move past 200, before departing for 22 in the final over.

All-rounder Berrington wasn’t to be denied his 100 as he scampered the two runs he needed to reach a deserved maiden ODI century for his country, coming from 125 balls and included 8 fours and 1 six.

Leask celebrates the wicket of Thompson

In reply Ireland lost their openers, Andrew Balbirnie and John Anderson, both caught behind by Cross from Davey’s bowling - with 35 on the board - as Scotland showed good enthusiasm and energy in the opening overs.

Andrew Poynter then joined up with Kevin O’Brien to put on a well-constructed 50 run partnership, before the former pulled the ball to Gardiner, who took a flat catch on the fence, with the score on 103.

Ireland seemed to be cruising towards the target while O’Brien occupied the crease, he compiled 9 fours on his way to 67, until edging a delivery from Evans through to a tumbling Cross.

A mix up in the middle then saw Poynter run out for 8. Scotland suddenly had a bit of life injected into them when Stuart Thompson tried to sweep a full delivery from Leask, only to be adjudged LBW as the game hung in the balance.

Evans returned to the attack, and earned further reward for his excellent spell when Andrew White was dismissed leg before, with 37 runs still required with 3 wickets left.

The experienced John Mooney then snatched the game away from the visitors with six boundaries on his way to 27, as Sorensen struck the winning runs with 30 balls remaining, to give Ireland a 3 wicket win.

The victory now means that Ireland have clinched the series 2-0 with the final match, which will be streamed live, taking place on Friday (12 August). 

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