Friday the 13th came two weeks late for Irish cricket as the U19s lost by five wickets to complete one of the worst days for Irish cricket in living memory.

To be fair to Ryan Eagleson's young charges they were missing quite a few for a variety of reasons, and were further hampered by injury niggles, which meant a predominantly spin attack in the third and final game against the Free Foresters at Carrickfergus.

Batting first the Irish were in trouble at 25 for 4 and 63 for 6, with Instonians left-arm spinner Cian Robertson - who is just a few days over the age limit for Ireland U19s - taking 3 for 16, while Jafar Chohan also took two scalps.

A seventh wicket stand of 125 between Phillipe Le Roux and Ewan Wilson rescued their side, with Railway Union's Le Roux continuing his rich vein of form as he top scored with 77 from 104 balls (8 fours, 1 six).

Wilson though was the more fluent, taking an aggressive route out of the crisis as he cleared the ropes four times, as well as hitting five fours in his 64 from 58 balls, before being dismissed by another Instonians bowler, Cade Carmichael (2-53).

Ireland did well to reach 209, but with their bowling resources stretched it proved to be not enough as the Foresters top order fired.

Robbie Hardwick hit 9 fours and 3 sixes in a hard-hit 82 from 77 balls, dominating an opening stand of 82 with Dan Holland (25), which was ended by young Clontarf spinner David Vincent (2-32), who also accounted for Ollie Metcalfe.

When another Clontarf bowler John McNally (1-27) dismissed Hardwick, there was a glimmer of an opening at 122 for 3, but any chance soon disappeared in the afternoon sunshine.

David O'Sullivan (46) and Patrick Phillips (34) added 72 for the fourth wicket, before both were dismissed by Scott Macbeth (2-12) with the finishing line in sight.

Ireland travel to Spain in three weeks time for their World Cup Qualifiers, although given the terrible pitches on view (when the stream works), the ICC would be wise to try and source an alternative venue.

MATCH SCORECARD

Ireland U19 Vs Free Foresters
1-Innings Match Played At Middle Road, Carrickfergus, 27-Aug-2021, Friendly
Free Foresters Win by 5 wkts

Toss won by Ireland U19
Umpires K Hopley - J McCready
Scorers EM Power - CMB Williams
Home Side Ireland U19
Comment 45 over match

Ireland U19 1st Innings 209/10 All Out (Overs 45)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
NJ McGuire* c P Philips b H Teesdale 14 15 17 2 0
R Millar lbw b C Robertson 0 32 12 0 0
S Macbeth lbw b C Robertson 1 6 5 0 0
R Hunter+ c J Cunningham b C Robertson 0 2 3 0 0
P Le Roux run out C Carmichael   77 166 104 8 1
David M Vincent   b J Chohan 7 65 49 1 0
J McNally c P Philips b J Chohan 0 15 8 0 0
E Wilson c D Holland b C Carmichael 64 63 58 5 4
M Sherzad c D Holland b C Carmichael 0 3 1 0 0
H Dyer run out   9 9 7 1 0
D Forkin not out   10 7 6 0 1
extras   (b0 lb10 w17 nb0) 27        
TOTAL   10 wickets for 209        
FOW
1-14(NJ McGuire) 2-15(S Macbeth) 3-15(R Hunter) 4-18(R Millar)
5-51(David M Vincent) 6-63(J McNally) 7-188(E Wilson) 8-190(M Sherzad)
9-190(P Le Roux) 10-209(H Dyer)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
H Teesdale 9 2 18 1 - -
C Robertson 9 2 16 3 - -
C Carmichael 9 1 53 2 5 -
J Chohan 9 1 47 2 1 -
D O'Sullivan 4 0 25 0 2 -
D Holland 2 0 15 0 - -
J Cunningham 3 0 25 0 - -

Free Foresters 1st Innings 211/5 Closed (Overs 37.5)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
R Hardwick lbw b J McNally 82 82 77 9 3
D Holland   c&b David M Vincent 25 58 59 3 0
O Metcalfe c H Dyer b David M Vincent 5 13 12 0 0
P Phillips c J McNally b S Macbeth 34 54 35 5 0
D O'Sullivan c M Sherzad b S Macbeth 46 33 37 6 1
J Cunningham not out   3 11 9 0 0
C Carmichael not out   8 55 5 2 0
A McCulla*+ dnb            
J Chohan dnb            
C Robertson dnb            
H Teesdale dnb            
extras   (b0 lb2 w6 nb0) 8        
TOTAL   5 wickets for 211        
FOW
1-82(D Holland) 2-103(O Metcalfe) 3-122(R Hardwick) 4-194(D O'Sullivan)
5-201(P Philips)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
E Wilson 3 0 27 0 2 -
D Forkin 7 2 21 0 - -
NJ McGuire 4 0 21 0 - -
J McNally 6 1 27 1 1 -
David M Vincent 6 0 32 2 1 -
R Millar 4 0 29 0 - -
H Dyer 5.5 0 40 0 - -
S Macbeth 2 0 12 2 - -