Marcus Poskitt top scored with 55 as Irish Schools beat an Ireland Under 17 select side at Campbell College on Tuesday.

The Coleraine left-hander hit 5 fours and 4 sixes, sharing an opening stand of 68 with Reece Malone (18) as the Schools side made a positive start to their pursuit of 208.

However the Ireland U17's fought back to reduce the Schools to 155 for 7 - two wickets for Mitchell Thompson (2-23), and one apiece for Scott Ruttle, Alex Neary, Gregory McFaul and Cian Nulty.

An unbroken 8th wicket stand of 53 between Peter Masterson (26*) and Sean Stanton (23*) ensured the Irish Schools won by three wickets with five overs to spare.

The Ireland Under 17 innings saw no fewer than eight players reach double figures but none was able to build a truly substantial knock.

Oliver Metcalfe joint top-scored with 28, sharing an opening stand of 52 with Mitchell Thompson (21), while Scott Ruttle (28), Gregory McFaul (24), and Gavin Hoey (23) all got into the twenties.

Kyle Magee took three wickets while there were two each for Reece Malone and Sean Stanton.

Ireland Under 17's are in action again later this month when they play Worcestershire in a 3-day series, before facing Scotland in the Celtic Cup in August.

Ireland U17

O Metcalfe lbw Stanton 28
M Thompson c J Metcalfe b Stanton 21
A Stiles st Metcalfe b Malone 7
M Burton ct Foster b Malone 16
G Hoey ct O'Halloran b Magee 23
A Neary st Metcalfe b Magee 12
J Hunter ct Metcalfe b Masterson 4
S Ruttle c Stanton b Foster 28
C Nulty ct Poskitt b Magee 16
G McFaul ct Malone b Glass 24
C McDonnell not out 1
Extras (3b, 6lb, 16w, 2nb) 27
Total (all out, 48.2 overs) 207

Fall: 1-52 2-55 3-76 4-83 5-122 6-129 7-138 8-164 9-205 10-207

Bowling: M Foster 9-0-37-1; S Stanton 10-3-33-2; J Hunter 5-0-15-0; R Malone 8-0-44-2;
J Glass 3.2-0-19-1; K Magee 9-1-33-3; P Masterton 4-0-18-1

Irish Schools
M Poskitt c Thompson b Nulty 55
R Malone c O Metcalfe b Ruttle 18
K Magee c O Metcalfe b Neary 11
D O'Halloran run out 4
J Hunter b McFaul 27
J Glass c Ruttle b Thompson 12
J Metcalfe c&b Thompson 5
S Stanton not out 23
P Masterson not out 26
Extras (4b, 2lb, 18w, 3nb) 27
Total (7 wkts, 45 overs) 208

Fall: 1-68 2-73 3-79 4-105 5-137 6-155 7-155

Bowling: G Hoey 6-0-43-0; G McFaul 7-0-39-1; A Neary 9-2-32-1; C Nulty 6-0-32-1;
C McDonnell 7-2-18-0; S Ruttle 5-1-15-1; M Thompson 5-1-23-2