15 lost to Wales by 9 wickets
Comber, 28-29 July
Wales 281-7 dec (R Jones 77, L Jones 66, S Morris 61, M Snodgrass 4-73) and 19-1
Ireland 140 (I Capon 3-35) and 157 (J Nancarrow 3-20)
Wales won the inaugural two day international by nine wickets just after tea on the second day at Comber. Their well prepared, talented and physically more powerful side totally outplayed Ireland. The Lords Taverners provided much appreciated financial support for this initial venture by the Irish Cricket Union into Under 15 international cricket.
Put into bat, the Welsh scored 281 for seven in their allotted 60 overs with half centuries from three of their batsmen. A ferocious assault after lunch produced 120 runs from the final 14 overs. Best of the Irish bowlers was spinner Mark Snodgrass with four wickets. In spite of 35 from Giles Moan and 28 from Matthew Scott, Ireland struggled throughout their innings against a fine pace attack.
Following on 141 runs in arrears they lost makeshift opener Paul Dunne in reducing the deficit by just 8 runs at the close of the first day. In a greatly reshuffled Irish batting order Moan was again the top scorer, making 37 before falling to Nancarrow. However, from a promising 101 for three at lunch, Ireland collapsed again to 157 all out. Wales, needing just 17 for victory, lost Davies to Nowatarski before their celebrations began.
The general feeling in the team management was that the Irish boys were comparatively underprepared, the Welsh youngsters having already played nine days of cricket together. However it is intended that the fixture should be an annual one and the match in Wales in 1993 should be preceded by some representative warm-up matches for the Irish side.