Scotland U19s qualify for 2014 World Cup

08 Aug

Scotland U19s

Ireland 127 all out (47.4 overs); Campbell 21, Watt 4/20, Hill 3/23 lost to Scotland U19 130-5 (39.1 overs), McLean 36, English 35, Muir 23* by 5 wickets 

Scotland today sealed their place in the U19 ICC World Cup with a fine 5 wicket win over Ireland.

Voorburg was the setting for their crucial World Cup Qualifying match to determine who would take the one available slot for the ICC U19 World Cup from the European region.

The Scots won the toss and elected to bowl first and took a leftfield approach opting to open with the spin of Chayank Gosain on a slow looking wicket.

After an initial few tight overs Ireland’s McCollum struck their first boundary of the innings through mid-off. The openers had negotiated their way to 38 before Mark Watt bowled McCollum.

Watt accounted for the other opener Campbell six overs later taking a caught and bowled opportunity with both hands. Irish captain Kane was the next to depart chipping the ball to Mclean at mid-off having scored 18, with Ireland on 66/3 in the 23rd over.

Scotland v IrelandThree wickets became four for Watt when Barr spooned an easy catch to Umeed as the Heriots spinner continued to decimate the Irish top order.

Lyle Hill then clean bowled Sheilds and Cole to put the Scots in control with the score on 84/6. Another smart bit of glove-work by Alex Baum stumped Adair for 0 with Hill celebrating his third wicket.

The wickets kept coming in clusters for the Scotland bowlers as Chayank Gosain helped himself to two wickets, having Eaking caught by Hill and then clean bowling Wyilie as the Irish passed three figures.

A defiant final wicket stand of 19 from 41 balls between G McKinley (13*) and P Chase 2 had Scotland slightly frustrated, but their patience was rewarded when the former edged a Gavin Main delivery to Baum to bowl Ireland out for 127 in the 48th over.

The Scotland response saw Andrew Umeed and captain Ross McLean steer their side to lunch after negotiating an 11 over period, taking the score to 29/0, with the youngsters knowing another 99 runs after lunch would see them reach another World Cup.

A great catch was required to end Ross McLean's inningsIreland then hit back straight after lunch as Campbell opened with a double wicket-maiden. Umeed was the first to go LBW and when Nick Farrar was caught by Eakin in spectacular fashion two balls later as the tension started to build.

Both McLean and Michael English have had impressive tournaments and it was time for the pair to take Scotland past 50 to lead the recovery.

McLean made 36 before giving Wylie his first wicket of the day. It would have been easy for the Scots to panic with the stakes so high, but English and Zander Muir battled hard to get Scotland closer to the target, taking them past the 100.

As is usually the case between these two rivals there was to be another twist as English departed having made a crucial 35.

Muir wasn’t fazed by the task at hand as he and Kyle Stirling put on 16 before Stirling was bowled by Kane with 6 runs still to get.

It was left to Muir to strike the winning boundary down to third-man to give Scotland a 5 wicket win and see them progress to the 2014 ICC U19 World Cup in the UAE and remain unbeaten in the tournament. 

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