Scotland U17s beat Ireland by 78 runs
Scotland U17s were victorious in the second of their three match series against Ireland, as part of the ICC Europe Challenge Series held in Ayr yesterday (24 July).
After the first scheduled fixture was postponed due to heavy rain on the Tuesday, the players managed to take the field in glorious sunny conditions.
Andrew Umeed won the toss and elected to bat first on a good deck at New Cambusdoon. Michael Miller and captain Umeed both reached 34 before being dismissed to give the Scots a good platform to build on.
After 43 over the hosts found themselves on 139/6 thanks to some good bowling by Chopra, claiming 2 wickets, and Adair who took 3 Scottish scalps.
A fllourish of runs towards the end of the innings enabled the scots to reach 177 for 9, at the end of their allotted 50 overs.
In reply, the Irish found themselves in trouble early on with Ryan Brown bowling an inspirational spell, which included 5 maidens, taking 4 wickets to decimate the Ireland batting line up.
With the score on 76/7 after 28 overs, it was always going to be difficult for the Irish to get close to the total and the result of the match was put beyond any doubt when U19 spinner Mark Watt took two wickets to give Scotland the victory by 78 runs.
Dennison proved to be the only mainstay for the visitors compiling a stubborn 35.
It turned out that only nine wickets needed to be claimed by the Scotland bowlers, as an Irish player was unable to bat due to injury.
The two teams will play a T20 in the final match of the series today (25 July) at Ayr.
Scotland 177/9 (50 overs) Miller 34, Umeed 34, Adair 9-2-17-3, Chopra 10-1-19-2 beat Ireland U17s 99/9 (34.5 overs) Dennison 35, Brown 10-5-11-4, Watt 10-4-22-2 by 78 runs.