Ireland crush Jersey
Ireland have beaten Jersey by a heavy margin today at VRA in Amstelveen, giving them a chance at qualifying for the Under-19 World Cup if they beat the currently undefeated Scotland on the final day of the tournament.
Jersey chose to field first after winning the toss but their bowling was rather wayward at the start of the Ireland innings, enabling Ireland to get off to a steady start, reaching 59-2 in the first 15 overs.
James McCollum and Tyrone Kane then put on 60 for the third wicket before McCollum was out for 46. Kane stayed in until the 46th over before he was out for 75, with Ireland scoring 240-8 from their 50 overs.
That total would prove to be beyond Jersey. A 45 run partnership for the fifth wicket between Jonty Jenner and Alexander Cooke was their only real bright spot, and it was Jenner's wicket that sparked a collapse.
That wicket was the first of four wickets that fell inside seven balls for just one run as Jersey collapsed from 76-4 to 77-8, Scott Campbell at one point taking three wickets in an over. They were then bowled out for 84, losing by 156 runs, Campbell finishing with bowling figures of 4-11.
Ireland will now play Scotland on Thursday in a match set to decide who qualifies for the Under-19 World Cup in the UAE next year. Jersey will play Denmark, with Denmark hoping to bounce back after two heavy defeats.