Ireland's hopes of qualifying for next year’s Under-19 World Cup finals got off to a bad start when they lost their opening group game to Netherlands by 33 runs.

Set a victory target of 180, they had only three meaningful partnerships and none reached 50 with the loss of four wickets for 12 runs in mid-innings all but settling their fate.

Instonians’ Jack Dickson and Nathan McGuire put on 36 for the first wicket but both were dismissed in the ninth over and although South African Joshua Cox and captain Tim Tector added 47 for the third wicket, Ireland collapsed from 84 for two to 96 for six.

Tector stayed until the 39th over but when he was eighth out with still 53 needed, the end was in sight.

The pick of the Ireland bowlers were Nathan McGuire and Jamie Forbes who had combined figures of five for 56 from their 20 overs while Lisburn’s Matthew Humphreys bowled his 10 for just 31.

The other South African n the Irish ranks, Liam Doherty also took 3 for 27, but with an extra two wickets in hand, the Dutch added 54 from their last 11 overs.

Ireland will likely have to win their remaining two group games against Jersey and Scotland to have a chance of reaching next Saturday’s final.

Scores: Netherlands 179-8 (50 overs, S Rasool 56; N McGuire 3-27, L Doherty 3-27, J Forbes 2-29) Ireland 146 (43.4 overs, T Tector 37, J Cox 31; Shariz Ahmad 3-19, U Nashier 3-24).
Netherlands won by 33 runs.