Half centuries from Tim Tector and Phillipe Le Roux, plus three wickets apiece from David Vincent and Daniel Forkin helped Ireland Under 19's to an exciting ten-run win over the Free Foresters in the first of their three matches this week.

Batting first Ireland lost Luke Whelan and David Vincent cheaply, but Nathan McGuire continued to play positively, hitting 4 fours and 2 sixes in his 34 from 19 balls.

Skipper Tector also adopted an aggressive approach in his quickfire 63 from just 53 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes) as he and Le Roux shared a fifth wicket stand of 60.

Railway Union batsman Le Roux tempered his naturally belligerent batting as he marshalled the lower order after a flurry of wickets saw them wobbling at 172 for 7. He top scored with 64, sharing what proved to be a match defining stand of 60 with James Forbes (27) for the eighth wicket as the Irish finished their 45 overs on 238.

For the tourists, there were three wickets apiece for David O'Sullivan, Jafer Chohan and James Cunningham.

In the chase, it continues to be a memorable week for Merrion left-arm spinner Daniel Forkin, who followed up his first senior wickets with three in this clash.

Forkin's victims included a first ball duck for Ollie Metcalfe, one of three Instonians players in the visitors' ranks, with Cian Roberston and Cade Carmichael the others.

Action from the game at Wallace Park

Carmichael made 30 as he and opener Dan Holland put on 68 for the third wicket, and while Holland was there the game was in the balance.

Holland his 11 fours and 2 sixes as he top scored with 89, before becoming one of three wickets for Clontarf spinner David Vincent (3-34).

In a tense finale James Cunningham (40*) threatened to win the game, but the Irish teenagers held all their catches, kept their cool, and fielded tigerishly to ensure the win.

The teams play again today (THURS) at Shaw's Bridge, with the third and final game at Carrickfergus on Friday.

The matches are part of their preparations for the U19 World Cup qualifiers which are being held in Spain next month from September 19-25.

Ireland, Scotland, The Netherlands and Jersey will battle it out for a trip to the West Indies next January.

MATCH SCORECARD

Ireland U19 Vs Free Foresters
1-Innings Match Played At Wallace Park, Lisburn, 25-Aug-2021, Friendly
Ireland U19 Win by 10 runs

Toss won by Ireland U19
Umpires K Hopley - J McCready
Scorers EM Power - CMB Williams
Home Side Ireland U19
Comment Match 1 of 3 match series

Ireland U19 1st Innings 238/10 All Out (Overs 45)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
NJ McGuire c H Teesdale b D O'Sullivan 34 54 29 4 2
L Whelan   b D O'Sullivan 1 14 5 0 0
DA Vincent c A McCulla b D O'Sullivan 3 11 8 0 0
Tim H Tector*   b J Chohan 63 72 53 6 2
P Le Roux c P Philips b J Cunningham 64 147 94 6 0
S Macbeth c C Robertson b J Chohan 2 16 11 0 0
R Millar c P Philips b J Chohan 16 29 30 2 0
J McNally c J Chohan b J Cunningham 1 4 6 0 0
J Forbes   c&b J Cunningham 26 38 27 4 0
M Sherzad   b H Teesdale 1 9 5 0 0
D Burke not out   2 7 2 0 0
extras   (b4 lb9 w12 nb0) 25        
TOTAL   10 wickets for 238        
FOW
1-17(L Whelan) 2-35(DA Vincent) 3-66(NJ McGuire) 4-126(Tim H Tector)
5-136(S Macbeth) 6-171(R Millar) 7-172(J McNally) 8-232(J Forbes) 9-234(P Le Roux)
10-238(NJ McGuire)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
D O'Sullivan 7 0 32 3 - -
H Teesdale 9 0 59 1 3 -
C Robertson 5 0 18 0 1 -
C Carmichael 9 0 40 0 5 -
J Chohan 9 0 48 3 2 -
J Cunningham 6 0 28 3 - -

Free Foresters 1st Innings 228/7 Closed (Overs 45)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
R Hardwick c J McNally b D Forkin 4 5 5 1 0
D Holland c R Millar b DA Vincent 89 126 106 11 2
O Metcalfe lbw b D Forkin 0 1 2 0 0
C Carmichael   b D Forkin 30 51 44 4 0
P Philips   b J McNally 20 53 38 2 0
J Cunningham not out   40 48 45 2 1
D O'Sullivan lbw b DA Vincent 18 20 15 1 1
J Chohan c J Forbes b DA Vincent 5 7 7 0 0
C Robertson not out   13 16 8 0 1
A McCulla*+ dnb            
H Teesdale dnb            
extras   (b1 lb3 w5 nb0) 9        
TOTAL   7 wickets for 228        
FOW
1-9(R Hardwick) 2-9(O Metcalfe) 3-77(C Carmichael) 4-148(P Philips)
5-148(D Holland) 6-185(D O'Sullivan) 7-194(J Chohan)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
D Burke 2 0 10 0 1 -
D Forkin 9 1 29 3 - -
M Sherzad 6 1 32 0 1 -
J Forbes 9 0 42 0 - -
NJ McGuire 4 0 23 0 - -
R Millar 4 0 26 0 - -
DA Vincent 7 1 34 3 - -
J McNally 4 0 28 1 2 -