Ireland ran up a mammoth 429 for 8 in their 50 overs - the highest score by an Irish youth team at any level.

The basis for the huge total was a record partnership of 263 for the second wicket between Jason van der Merwe and Adam Berry, which they accumulated in just 169 balls at the picturesque Downpatrick venue.

If the large crowd thought the opening stand of 78 between Van Der Merwe and Ryan Hunter (27) in 8.4 overs was entertaining, what was to follow took destruction to a new level. Van der Merwe scored a quite brutal 164 from 115 balls (13 fours, 7 sixes), while Berry's was equally as destructive. He made 133 from just 90 balls (7 fours, 6 sixes).

Raja Basit Javed came back well to claim 5 for 70 but Barry McCarthy (30*) ensured there was little in the way of respite as the scoreboard reached and passed the 400 mark.

In the Denmark innings Raja Javed scored 40 from 55 balls (4 fours, 1 six) as his side were dismissed for 106 in 39.4 overs. All the Irish attack bowled well, with Graeme McCarter (3-11), George Dockrell (3-14) and Barry McCarthy (3-38) the main wicket takers.

The margin of victory - 323 runs - was not surprisingly another European record.

Jersey maintained their 100 per cent record in the tournament as they totally outplayed Guernsey at Seapark Oval, Holywood. The emphatic winning margin of 153 runs reflected Jersey's superiority in a match in which they dominated with both bat and ball.

Winning the toss, Jersey chose to bat and they got the best possible start as openers Daniel McAviney and William Falle put on 60 runs before the latter was bowled for 31. Although Aidan McGuire went cheaply, McAviney was joined by Ben Stevens in a partnership of 56 in quick time. When Stevens was bowled by Ben Fitchet for 25 with the score on 144, McAviney then took control of the remainder of the Jersey innings, making almost all of the remaining 85 runs as he went to a superb century. Jersey's innings came to a close in the 50th over with their score at 229.

McAviney was ninth out for 114, which included just six boundaries. Most successful of the Guernsey bowlers was Joshua Kirk, who claimed three late wickets at a cost of 28 runs.

Guernsey began solidly, adding 26 for the first wicket before Adam Martel fell to a catch off McGuire. However, from there on it was a steady procession as James Faudemer and McGuire cut their way through the Guernsey batting lineup, each claiming four wickets. The last five wickets fell for only ten runs and the Guernsey innings subsided to a final total of 76 in the 31st over. Scotland remained unbeaten with a hard-fought win by 45 runs over the Netherlands at Lisburn.

The match was dominated by the high quality of new-ball bowling. Within six overs of the start, Scotland were reduced to 23 for 5, Sebastian Braat bowling beautifully to pick up three wickets. Yet, when the Scots came to bowl, they were just as potent: the Dutch top order folded to 12 for 4, with Paddy Sadler taking 3 for 6 in the seven overs of his first spell.

Where the difference came, therefore, was the responses of the lower orders. On one hand, the last five Scottish wickets put on 121: Scott McElnea top-scored with 27 from 34 balls while Sam Page and Peter Legget also made invaluable contributions. Thus the Scottish total was lifted to 144, which was more than competitive under grey skies.

The Dutch, however, collapsed further, losing four wickets for one run, subsiding from 45 for 4 to 46 for 8. At one stage during the carnage Peter Legget (2 for 22) found himself on a hat-trick.

The Dutch were saved from abject humiliation thanks to ten Robert van der Harten (29 from 37 balls) and another mature knock from James Gruijters (35 from 67 balls). That ninth-wicket pair more than doubled the Dutch tally from 46 to 96, but when Freddie Coleman held a return catch offered by Gruijters, the end followed three runs later.

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