Rachel Delaney's six wicket haul wasn't enough to deny Scotland a last gasp victory in the first game of their Academy tour at Kenure.

Chasing 252, Scotland looked to be cruising to victory thanks to Sarah Bryce, who hit 15 fours and 2 sixes in her 127 from just 109 balls.

At 169 for 2, and again at 232 for 5, it seemed just a matter of time for the win to be secured before Merrion off-spinner Delaney's intervention.

She claimed 6 for 58, but couldn't make it a magnificent seven as Scotland's last pair added the eight needed for the win.

Delaney was also in the runs as she made 36 in Ireland's 251.

Sophie MacMahon hit 8 fours as she top scored with 52 from only 45 balls, while Leah Paul (38), Amy Hunter (28), Cara Murray (22) and Hannah Little (17*) also reached double figures.

Former Scotland skipper Abbi Aitken (3-43) was the most successful of the Scots attack.

The teams meet again on Thursday at North County in the second match of the series.

Ireland Women's Academy Vs Scotland Women's Academy
1-Innings Match Played At Rush CC, Ireland, 23-Jul-2019, One Day
Scotland Women's Academy Win by 1 wkts

Toss won by Ireland Women's Academy
Home Side Ireland Women's Academy

Ireland Women's Academy 1st Innings 251/10 All Out (Overs 49.1)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
L Paul c K Mills b K Fraser 38 59 56 6 0
O Prendergast c SJ Bryce b M McColl 8 11 7 0 0
Rachel Delaney*   c&b AM Maqsood 36 58 53 5 0
C McCann lbw b I Farooq 6 18 11 1 0
R Stokell   b AM Maqsood 1 7 6 0 0
A Hunter+ c AM Maqsood b H Rainey 28 53 47 2 0
N Matthews   b A Aitken 14 19 19 2 0
S MacMahon c AM Maqsood b A Aitken 52 52 45 8 0
C Murray st SJ Bryce b A Aitken 22 45 35 3 0
J Maguire   b K Fraser 7 9 9 1 0
H Little not out   17 12 13 3 0
extras   (b0 lb2 w17 nb3) 22        
TOTAL   10 wickets for 251        
FOW
1-14(O Prendergast) 2-90(L Paul) 3-93(Rachel Delaney) 4-96(R Stokell)
5-103(C McCann) 6-130(N Matthews) 7-172(A Hunter) 8-210(S MacMahon)
9-224(J Maguire) 10-251(C Murray)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M McColl 8 0 39 1 2 -
H Rainey 8 0 64 1 7 1
AM Maqsood 10 0 36 2 4 1
K Fraser 10 0 46 2 - 1
I Farooq 6 0 21 1 - -
A Aitken 7.1 0 43 3 4 -

Scotland Women's Academy 1st Innings 254/9 Closed (Overs 46.2)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
SJ Bryce*+ c J Maguire b Rachel Delaney 127 152 109 15 2
M McColl lbw b H Little 0 10 6 0 0
K Mills c Rachel Delaney b J Maguire 37 58 58 6 1
EL Watson   b S MacMahon 23 36 36 3 0
A Lister c R Stokell b Rachel Delaney 2 22 17 0 0
CM Scott c O Prendergast b Rachel Delaney 6 7 8 1 0
A Aitken c R Stokell b Rachel Delaney 17 15 17 0 2
H Rainey c S MacMahon b Rachel Delaney 2 8 8 0 0
I Farooq lbw b Rachel Delaney 3 9 5 0 0
AM Maqsood not out   5 14 14 0 0
K Fraser not out   5 7 4 1 0
extras   (b0 lb8 w15 nb4) 27        
TOTAL   9 wickets for 254        
FOW
1-6(M McColl) 2-100(K Mills) 3-169(EL Watson) 4-191(A Lister) 5-197(CM Scott)
6-232(A Aitken) 7-239(SJ Bryce) 8-240(H Rainey) 9-244(I Farooq)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
H Little 7 1 33 1 4 -
S MacMahon 9 0 55 1 2 3
O Prendergast 8 1 30 0 - 1
C Murray 6 0 41 0 2 -
J Maguire 7 0 29 1 3 -
Rachel Delaney 9.2 0 58 6 4 -