Scotland U19s level series with a dramatic win

31 Jul

Teams leave the fieldScotland U19s levelled their U19s series against Ireland in Ayr yesterday with a dramatic 8 run win. [Scorecard]

In overcast conditions Scotland Captain Andrew Umeed won the toss and elected to bat first on what would turn out to be a slow and low wicket.

Chris Cash (30) and Michael English (32) had given Scotland a relatively solid start after Umeed had fallen for 17. It took a brilliant one handed caught and bowled by Tucker to dismiss English, which instigated a Scottish batting collapse.

William Edwards, fresh from a half century in the first match of the series, managed 24 from 42 deliveries, but the Irish spinners took charge, with Chopra the pick of the bowlers as he claimed 3 wickets to help bowl out the home side for a modest 145 in 47 overs.

Scotland needed a strong start if they were to put their opponents under pressure. Budge bowled with good pace to entice an edge from James McCollum through to Simon Whait, before a return catch was completed by Gregor Thompson to send Tucker back to the pavilion.

With their tails up, and the score reading 10/2, the Scots felt they had a chance. Dennison and Tector then combined to swing the game back into Irelands favour with a hard fighting stand of 68.

However, when Umeed bowled Dennison and Tector was well held by English in the following over off the bowling of Gosain, the momentum swung once more.

Wicket-keeper Tucker (37) kept Ireland in the hunt, but it was a remarkable bowling performance by Scotland to take the final six Irish wickets, while conceding only 50 runs.

Dylan Budge kept his composure, with the Irish just requiring 9 to win, to have Chopra fending at a short delivery for a simple caught and bowled and produce a beauty to york Allen for 0 to give Scotland a dramatic win by 8 runs.

The teams will contest the final match of the series with a T20 in Ayr at 11am on Thursday (31 August). 

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