Scotland’s U19 World Cup campaign would end at Grainville, Jersey on Monday against old foes Ireland. The Scots knew that only a convincing win against their opponents would book their place to New Zealand, and a spot at the U19 World Cup. [Scorecard]
The Scots took to the field and were immediately celebrating the wickets of four of Ireland’s top-order batters as Oliver Brown and Ihtisham Malik produced fireworks with the new ball.
Wickets continued to tumble, as Ireland found themselves on 27/5 in the 12th over with the Scots buoyant in the field.
Runs were far from easy to come by, and while wickets tumbled captain Harry Tector produced an innings that would give his side hope as his team-mates tumbled at the other end.
Angus Beattie claimed two wickets while Haroon Tahir bowled 10 overs and only conceded 21 runs. However, Tector’s resilient 55 helped Ireland to 108.
Brown was the pick of the bowlers with remarkable figures of 4/15 and Malik returned with 1/22 from his ten over spell.
For those who had witnessed the match between these two sides earlier in the tournament, they would have known that it wouldn’t be a straightforward chase. It certainly proved to be that way.
Opening pair Owais Shah and Calum Garden had both been dismissed before the end of the 8th over. Hinton battled with 21 as he and Finlay McCreath tried to get their side back on track.
Unfortunately for the Scots both departed, along with captain Dickinson and Ireland knew they had a real chance.
Rory Johnston, who has been one of Scotland’s stand-out performers with the bat during the tournament, struck 30 as he and Beattie turned the match into the favour of Scots who were now on 92/5, requiring 16 runs for victory.
But another twist. Four wickets tumbled during the 90’s and the tension was excruciating for both sets of players and coaching staff with so much on the line.
It wasn’t to be for the battling Scots as Malik looked to finish it off with no avail as he skied a catch to Rock, who kept his nerve and earn his side a 5-run victory.
It was agony for the young Scots who had produced some wonderful cricket over a long tournament and should be very proud of their efforts.