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ECN European T10 2022
Spain beat Ireland by 6 wickets (Final)
Cartama Oval, Spain, 16 September.
 Ireland 133/4 (10 overs; J Wilson 68*, M Burton 33, S Macbeth 21*; M Kamran 3-9)
 Spain 137/4 (9 overs; D Doyle-Calle 45, M Babar 22, C Munoz-Mills 20*, M Ihsan 20; J Forbes 2-19)
Hosts Spain produced a superb run chase to stun Ireland in the final of the European T10 Championships. Ireland had recovered from the loss in the first over of Seamus Lynch and John Matchett to post 133 for 4, thanks primarily to Jared Wilson. The skipper top-scored with an unbeaten 68 from just 26 balls, which included 3 fours and 8 sixes. There were also runs too for Max Burton (33) and Scott Macbeth (21*).. Spain though blew away the Irish attack being particularly severe on Finn Catherwood and Wilson, who was given a taste of his own medicine, Danny Doyle-Calle hit 5 sixes and 3 fours in a thumping 45 from just 14 balls, and Spain were able to coast to the win after that blitzkrieg. Jamie Forbes (2-19) took two wickets but the six-wicket win was sealed with an over to spare.
Spain lost to Ireland by 9 wickets
Cartama Oval, Spain, 16 September.
 Spain 86/8 (10 overs; M O'Reilly 2-8, J Wilson 2-13, J Forbes 2-23)
 Ireland 89/1 (4 overs; S Lynch 69*)
Seamus Lynch won another Player of the Match award (ECN/Diana Oros)
Ireland reached this evening's final with a nine-wicket demolition job over hosts Spain. It was Seamus Lynch, Ireland's stand-out batter of the week, who once again powered his team to the win, hitting 9 sixes and 3 fours in a destructive unbeaten 69 from just 18 balls. The Terenure opener has been a revelation this week, and his fourth half century saw Pete Johnston's side reached their 87 target inside just four overs! The hosts had been restricted to 86 for 8, with Mikey O'Reilly, Jared Wilson and Jamie Forbes all picking up two wickets. The Irish fielding had been uncharacteristically sloppy in the first five overs with three opportunities being put down, leading the commentator to suggest it could well be a deliberate ploy. They did however redeem themselves in the last five overs taking every half chance that came their way. The Irish can now put their feet up until this evening, and await the outcome of the other two games which will determine if it is Spain, Austria or Portugak who they meet to determine who will go forward as the winners to the grand finals next month.
Ireland beat Portugal by 9 wickets
Cartama Oval, Spain, 15 September.
 Portugal 71/8 (10 overs; C Greenshields 24; C Robertson 3-6, J Wilson 2-11, J Forbes 2-15)
 Ireland 73/1 (5.3 overs; J Matchett 44*, C Melly 22)
Action from Ireland versus Portugal (European Cricket Network/Diana Oros)
Ireland completed the group phase with an emphatic nine-wicket win over Portugal. Cian Robertson came back well from his earlier mauling to claim three wickets for just six runs, as Ireland's left-arm ploy continued to play dividends. Jamie Forbes and skipper Jared Wilson also took two wickets each as Portugal were restricted to just 71 for 8 - Conrad Greenshields top-scoring with 24. The modest target proved little trouble to Pete Johnston's young charges, who yet again juggled their batting to allow middle-time to John Matchett and Cam Melly ahead of Friday's finals day. Matchett hit 5 fours and 3 sixes in his unbeaten 44 from just 18 balls, sharing an opening stand of 66 with Melly (22). The win ensured Ireland top the group, meaning they have the safety net of a second opportunity to reach the final, should they lose Friday's morning first match against hosts Spain (10:30am).
Ireland beat Czech Republic by 28 runs
Cartama Oval, Spain, 15 September.
 Ireland 141/3 (10 overs; C Melly 59, J Wilson 58)
 Czech Republic 113/9 (10 overs; R Tomar 39, S Bhuiyan 30; J Forbes 3-21, M Humphreys 3-22, J Wilson 2-16)
Skipper Jared Wilson scored a half century as Ireland won by 28 runs
Ireland showed their strength in depth as they beat the Czech Republic by 28 runs in Thursday's morning game. They rotated the opening pair with Cameron Melly and Jared Wilson showing their power as they both hit half centuries. Melly top-scored with 59 from 21 balls, (5 fours, 6 sixes), sharing an opening stand of 80 in 5.2 overs with the skipper. Wilson's 59 took 24 balls (5 fours, 4 sixes), while John Matchett also made an unbeaten 16 in their 141 for 3. The Irish gave their fringe bowlers an opportunity, with Jamie Forbes taking 3 for 21 and John McNally 1 for 11, but Cian Robertson took some serious punishment from Tomar (39) and Bhuiyan (30). Matthew Humphreys (3-22) again showed his class, while skipper Wilson completed a fine all-round display claiming 2 for 16 in their 28-run win. The victory ensures a top-two finish and therefore two chances at making Friday's final. The Irish complete the group stages this afternoon with a match against Portugal.
Ireland beat Portugal by 6 wickets
Cartama Oval, Spain, 14 September.
 Portugal 95/5 (10 overs; C Greenshields 30*, F Stoman 20; C McCullough 2-21)
 Ireland 96/4 (7.3 overs; S Lynch 58, M Burton 16)
Seamus Lynch was in the runs once again as he powered Ireland to a six-wicket win against Portugal in the evening match. The Terenure opener hit 6 sixes and 5 fours in his 58 from just 17 balls, as he and Max Burton (16) shared an opening stand of 70 chasing 96. There was a mini wobble as they lost four wickets in quick succession, but they still had plenty in the tank as they clinched the win with 15 balls to spare. Carson McCullough (2-21) was the most successful of the Ireland side who once again persevered with their left-arm bowling unit philosophy, as they restricted Portugal to 95 for 5. Lynch unsurprisingly was named Man-of-the-Match for his third 50+ score of the week. His tally now stands at 214 runs off 63 balls, with an average of 71.33, and a strike/rate of 339.68. Ireland's last games in the group phase sees them playing Czech Republic and Portugal on Thursday.
Spain lost to Ireland by 10 wickets
Cartama Oval, Spain, 14 September.
 Spain 87 (10 overs; D Doyle 34, S Singh 21, P Dhiman 21; M O'Reilly 5-8)
 Ireland 91/0 (4.5 overs; S Lynch 56*, M Burton 27*)
Mikey O'Reilly took five wickets including a hat-trick as Ireland beat Spain
Mikey O'Reilly's five wicket haul helped Ireland gain revenge for Tuesday's loss to Spain, as they beat the hosts by 10 wickets in a near faultless display. The YMCA left-armer took two wickets in the first over, and Spain faltered to 28 for 5. Danny Doyle-Calle's 34 threatened to take Spain past 100, but Man-of-the-Match O'Reilly's second over saw him take a hat-trick to finish with the excellent figures of 5 for 8 as they ended 87 all out. The modest target proved no trouble at all as openers Seamus Lynch and Max Burton knocked off the runs in less than five overs. Terenure's Lynch clubbed 8 sixes and a four in an unbeaten 56 from just 17 balls, while Burton's 27 not out from 13 deliveries also saw him clear the ropes three times as well as one four. The win sees Ireland leapfrog Spain at the top of the table, and they will aim to make it an Iberian double as they take on Portugal later this afternoon (4.30pm).
Ireland beat Austria by 10 runs
Cartama Oval, Spain, 13 September.
 Ireland 102 (10 overs; S Macbeth 28, S Lynch 22; I Deedar 2-11, J Zadran 2-12, B Khan 2-15)
 Austria 92/3 (Razmal Shigawal 67*; M Humphreys 2-4)
Action from Ireland v Austria (European Cricket Network/Diana Oros)
Ireland survived a real scare to get their T10 campaign back on track with a ten-run win over Austria. Chasing 103, Austrian skipper Razmal Shigawal hit 6 sixes and 5 fours in a hard-hit unbeaten 67. However, the Irish held their nerve with Mikey O'Reilly's concession of just two runs from the penultimate over a decisive intervention. Skipper Wilson had little trouble holding his nerve to ensure the win in the final over. The stand-out bowler for the Irish was Lisburn left-arm spinner Matthew Humphreys who had the excellent figures of 2 for 4 in his two overs. The Irish total of 102 saw their innings peter out too, with Scott Macbeth (28) and Seamus Lynch (22) both hitting three sixes. Much for Pete Johnston and Andre Botha to ponder though going into Wednesday's matches. Ireland take on Spain in the morning (10:30am) before facing Portugal in the afternoon (4.30pm).
Spain beat Ireland by 13 runs
Cartama Oval, Spain, 13 September.
 Spain 102/8 (10 overs; D Doyle-Calle 32*, Gurvinder Singh 22; C McCullough 3-14, M O'Reilly 2-15, C Robertson 2-29)
 Ireland 89/6 (10 overs; S Macbeth 24*, C Melly 20; Atif Mohammad 2-11, Muhammad Babar 2-28)
Ireland suffered their first defeat of the tournament as they failed to chase 102 against hosts Spain to lose by 13 runs. The Spanish made 102 for 8 with Danny Doyle-Calle (38) and Gurvinder Singh (22) each hitting three sixes. The Irish opted for an all-left arm attack with Carson McCullough (3-14) the most successful and two apiece for Mikey O'Reilly and Cian Robertson. The chase faltered after the dismissal of Seamus Lynch for a six-ball 19, and despite the best efforts of Scott Macbeth (24*) and Cameron Melly (20) they fell 13 short. Spain also won their later game and are currently clear at the top of the table with four wins from four.
Ireland Academy beat Czech Republic by 10 wickets
Cartama Oval, Spain, 12 September.
 Czech Republic 44/6 (10 overs; C McCullough 2-11)
 Ireland 45/0 (2.1 overs; M Burton 30*)
Max Burton
Ireland went top of the table with their second win of the day as they thrashed the Czech Republic by 10 wickets in a one-sided contest. Yet another fine bowling effort was backed by an athletic fielding display saw the Czechs restricted to just 44 for 6. Carson McCullough picked up two wickets and a direct hit run out. The other wicket takers were Finn Catherwood-Smith (1-5) - courtesy of a spectacular catch by keeper Max Burton- Matt Humphreys (1-10), and Cian Robertson (1-13). Mikey O'Reilly went wicketless, but conceded just five runs. A feature of the tightness of the Irish attack was that they conceded no extras. The Irish wasted no time in the chase, taking just 13 balls (equalling the record) to reach their modest target, with Max Burton clearing the ropes four times in his unbeaten 30 from 8 balls, adding 45 with John Matchett (9*). Pete Johnston's side are back in action on Tuesday when they play the hosts Spain (12.30pm), who also won both their opening day matches.
Ireland Academy beat Austria by 9 wickets
Cartama Oval, Spain, 12 September.
 Austria 93/9 (10 overs; M Simpson-Parker 24, Razmat Shigiwal 23; M O'Reilly 3-11, M Humphreys 2-12, J Forbes 2-29)
 Ireland 97/1 (5.4 overs; S Lynch 59*, M Burton 21*)
Seamus Lynch and Max Burton after the 9-wicket win (European Cricket Network/Diana Oros)
Ireland Academy opened their European T10 campaign with a nine-wicket thumping of Austria at the Cartama Oval in Spain. Chasing 94, they raced to the win in the sixth over thanks to a belligerent unbeaten 59 from Terenure's Seamus Lynch, which came from only 18 deliveries and included 7 sixes and 3 fours. John Matchett had gone for 10, but Max Burton showed his power too in 21 not out from seven balls. The Irish had bounced back well having allowed the Austrians to reach 62 for 1 at the five overs mark. A much improved bowling and fielding display was led by their trio of left-armers, with YMCA's Mikey O'Reilly (3-11) and Jamie Forbes (2-29) taking a combined five wickets, while Lisburn's Matthew Humphreys claimed 2 for 12. The Irish fielding was generally very good, with Bready's Scott Macbeth taking three catches. The Irish are back in action later this evening when they face the Czech Republic at 6.30pm.
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