The Emerging Warriors gained their first win of the Future Series after they beat Ireland Under 19s by four runs in an attritional affair at Beechgrove.

Late call-up Tommy Orr top-scored with 32, while late runs from Varun Chopra (30) proved crucial in the final analysis as the hosts posted 168 in their overs,

There were also double figure contributions from Jared Wilson (19), James McKillop (17), Aaron Gillespie (16), Ross Dougherty (14) and Ryan Macbeth (12*) on a wicket where you were never really in. 

Trent McKeegan is stumped

Best with the ball for Ryan Eagleson's youngsters were Eglinton leg-spinner Robbie Millar (3-25), while there were also two wickets apiece for Mark Tonge (2-11) and Matthew Humphreys (2-29).

It was a similar story in the Irish innings as batters got in and then proceeded to get themselves out.

The U19s kept losing wickets at crucial stages - their cause not helped by no fewer than three runs outs, one of which was top scorer Millar (34) just as he and Matthew Humphreys (23) looked to be setting up the platform for the chase.

Boundary for Robbie Millar

Skipper Tim Tector (23) and Andrew Tonge (20) had earlier both got into the 20s.

Although seemingly resigned to their fate the visitors hung in there and came with a late run on the rails as Cameron Doak suddenly got out of first gear and got the board ticking along with Mark Tonge.

They left themselves just too much to do in the last few overs, with Ryan Macbeth the stand-out bowler, taking 3 for 25 including the prize scalp of Nathan McGuire.

Ryan Macbeth roars with delight

Ireland U19s are back in action on Thursday when they play the Emerging Knights at Carrick.