Half centuries from Nathan McGuire and Scott Macbeth propelled Ireland Under 19s to a comprehensive eight-wicket win at Shaw's Bridge against the Free Foresters to take a 2-0 lead in their three match series.

Batting first the visitors were in a spot of trouble at 79 for 4 despite 40 from Dan Holland - an Aussie with Irish heritage -, as Merrion's teenage spinner Daniel Forkin continued to have a week to remember as he took another three wickets.

James Cunningham batting

James Cunningham (68*) and Instonians Cade Carmichael (61) shared a fifth wicket stand of 118 in 28 overs to rescue proceedings, but a final total of 218 for 5 looked light in idyllic batting conditions.

That proved to be the case as Nathan McGuire raced out of the blocks, hitting 9 fours and a six in his 58 from 54 balls, sharing an opening stand of 99 with Robbie Millar (21).

Runs for Robbie Millar

A mix-up saw Millar run out, and that seemed to upset McGuire who followed in the same over.

There was to be no respite though as Scott Macbeth and Tim Tector shared an unbroken third wicket stand of 123 in 25 overs as they eased to an eight wicket win.

Nathan McGuire and Robbie Millar added 99

St Johnston all-rounder Macbeth hit 8 fours and 2 sixes as he top-scored with 69 from 85 balls, while skipper Tector was content to play second fiddle in his unbeaten 41.

The final game in the series is at Carrickfergus on Friday.

Robbie Millar is run out

MATCH SCORECARD

Ireland U19 Vs Free Foresters
1-Innings Match Played At Shaw's Bridge, Belfast, 26-Aug-2021, Friendly
Ireland U19 Win by 8 wkts

Toss won by Free Foresters
Umpires K Hopley - J McCready
Scorers EM Power - CMB Williams
Home Side Ireland U19
Comment 50 over match

Free Foresters 1st Innings 218/5 Closed (Overs 50)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
R Hardwick c D Forkin b D Burke 12 33 21 2 0
D Holland lbw b D Forkin 40 63 56 6 0
O Metcalfe c L Whelan b D Forkin 14 16 17 3 0
J Cunningham not out   68 134 109 6 0
A McCulla*+ c NJ McGuire b D Forkin 0 2 2 0 0
C Carmichael c J McNally b M Sherzad 61 98 88 7 0
D O'Sullivan not out   6 9 7 0 0
P Philips dnb            
J Chohan dnb            
C Robertson dnb            
H Teesdale dnb            
extras   (b0 lb7 w10 nb0) 17        
TOTAL   5 wickets for 218        
FOW
1-33(R Hardwick) 2-54(O Metcalfe) 3-79(D Holland) 4-79(A McCulla)
5-197(C Carmichael)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
D Burke 5 0 23 1 2 -
D Forkin 10 2 28 3 1 -
J Forbes 9 0 45 0 1 -
NJ McGuire 6 1 30 0 1 -
M Sherzad 9 0 41 1 1 -
David M Vincent 5 0 16 0 - -
R Millar 3 0 13 0 - -
J McNally 3 0 15 0 - -

Ireland U19 1st Innings 222/2 Closed (Overs 43.5)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
NJ McGuire c D Holland b J Chohan 58 78 54 9 1
R Millar run out D Holland   21 76 58 3 0
S Macbeth not out   69 92 85 8 2
Tim H Tector* not out   41 89 66 0 0
D Burke dnb            
D Forkin dnb            
J Forbes dnb            
M Sherzad dnb            
David M Vincent dnb            
J McNally dnb            
L Whelan dnb            
extras   (b4 lb13 w16 nb0) 33        
TOTAL   2 wickets for 222        
FOW
1-99(R Millar) 2-99(NJ McGuire)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
D O'Sullivan 5 0 32 0 3 -
H Teesdale 5 0 25 0 2 -
P Philips 3 0 16 0 2 -
C Robertson 10 2 24 0 1 -
J Cunningham 7.5 0 47 0 4 -
J Chohan 10 1 50 1 - -
D Holland 3 0 11 0 - -