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18 June 1st 4-day match: Emerging Ireland v West Indies Academy (Comber)
25 June 2nd 4-day match: Emerging Ireland v West Indies Academy (Stormont)
2nd ODM: Emerging Ireland beat West Indies Academy by 1 wicket
Bready, 12 June.
West Indies Academy 278/8 (50 overs: Jewel Andrew 143, Nyeem Young 54, Carlton Bowen-Tuckett 20; Liam McCarthy 3-80, Tom Mayes 2-61)
Emerging Ireland 282/9 (49.5 overs: Chris de Freitas 84, Morgan Topping 53, Matthew Humphreys 39*; Johann Layne 3-55, Ramon Simmonds 2-50, Nayeen Young 2-67)
Last gasp hero Matthew Humphreys (CricketEurope)
A sparkling innings from seventeen year old Jewel Andrew dominated the West Indies scorecard as he rattled up a century off 114 balls before going on to finish. In the U19 World Cup earlier this year Andrew had scored 130 against South Africa in the Windies opening game so today's innings simply confirms that we are seeing a future star of the game. Andrew and skipper Nyeem Young added 101 for the sixth wicket, Andrew finally out in the penultimate over of the innings for 143 (12x4, 7x6) with Young scoring 5 maximums in his 54, one of two wickets for Tom Mayes in the 50th over. A watchful start to the chase from Ireland saw them lose Egan and Carmichael in reaching only 63 in the fifteenth over, bringing together Chris de Freitas and Morgan Topping who added exactly 100 for the third wicket. But some tight bowling in overs 35-40 meant that the required rate climbed and was approaching 10 an over in the final 10. Topping, Macbeth Hilton and Hoey all gone as pressure mounts - can the big hitting Liam McCarthy pull this out of the fire? No is the answer as he is bowled by Johann Layne who has Tom Mayes as his third wicket. Enter Matthew Humphreys who had a reputation as a schoolboy of being a big hitter - and with a couple of sixes he's got it down to 12 required off the final over. Make that Three sixes!!! Make that FOUR - and Ireland win with a ball to spare. An unbroken 42 run partnership for the tenth wicket - Ollie Riley with 4 of them.
1st ODM: Emerging Ireland beat West Indies Academy by 6 wickets
Eglinton, 11 June.
West Indies Academy 224 (43.1 overs: Leonardo Julien 82, C Bowen-Tuckett 41; Cade Carmichael 2-10, Matthew Foster 2-29, Tom Mayes 2-32, Gavin Hoey 2-46)
Emerging Ireland 227/4 (46.5 overs: Morgan Topping 66*, Scott Macbeth 42, Jake Egan 38, Chris De Freitas 25; Johann Layne 2-36, Josua James 2-59 )
Morgan Topping's unbeaten 66 helped Ireland Academy to a 6-wicket win (CricketEurope)
Morgan Topping's unbeaten 66 guided Ireland Academy to a six-wicket win over their West Indies counterparts in the opening match of their three-game 50 overs series in the North West region this week. On an at times bitterly cold day at Eglinton, the West Indies lost two early wickets to Matthew Foster, with the CSNI paceman striking twice in two balls, finding the extra bounce on the hybrid pitch to his liking. Opener Leonardo Julien didn't do much running to warm himself up, thumping 9 fours and 4 sixes in a 61-ball 82 before becoming the first of two wickets for Gavin Hoey's leg-spin. The Irish attack stuck to their task well, backed up by some excellent catches - Tom Mayes taking two at deep extra cover off Cade Carmichael, whose medium pace was required following Reuben Wilson's (1-31) quad muscle injury that saw him leave the field after bowling four overs. Mayes also got two wickets, including the final one to fall, as the Windies were bowled out for 224. The Irish opening pair of Jake Egan (38) and Chris De Freitas (25) survived the testing opening barrage of 'chin music' from the Windies quartet of paceman, and although they certainly enjoyed several moments of good fortune their stand of 60 laid a perfect platform for their team. Morgan Topping proved the batting hero, as he again enjoyed early fortune, before going through the gears finding fluency, timing and power as the game progressed. His fourth wicket stand of 71 in 13 overs with Scott Macbeth was a match-defining one, with Brigade all-rounder Macbeth showing his power by launching four sixes into the car park and beyong in a quickfire 42 from 37 balls that also included two fours. Kian Hilton (18*) then joined Topping, with the Waringstown batsman assming control of the race to the finishing line, upping the ante as he hit 5 fours and cleared the ropes three times in his unbeaten 66 - their stand of 50 coming in just five overs as the six-wicket win came in the 47th over. The teams will meet at Bready on Wednesday in the second game - brought forward 24 hours due to the weather forecast on Thursday. Action gets underway at 10:45am.
1st T20: Guernsey lost to Ireland Academy by 34 runs
KGV, Guernsey, 20 April.
Ireland Academy 177/4 (20 overs: Jordan Neill 51, Gavin Roulston 1, Kian Hilton 12, Carson McCullough 41, Philippe Le Roux 44*, Scott Macbeth 22*; Adam Martell 2-23, Harry Johnson 1-31)
Guernsey 143/6 (20 overs: Matt Stokes 47, Zak Damarell 26, Harrison Tagg 24, Josh Butler 24; Harry Dyer 1-12, Reuben Wilson 1-10, Carson McCullough 1-28, Scott Macbeth 2-30)
Toss: Guernsey who have elected to bowl. Guernsey open the attack with left arm spinner Adam Martell and he bowls Roulston in the first over, dragging on an expansive drive. Kian Hilton chips Harry Johnson's first delivery to mid-on, tame dismissal. Carson McCullough comes to the crease after showing some impressive batting for CIYMS in the EuroT10s recently, fingers crossed. Partnership worth 48 at the 10 over mark, good positive batting from the pair. McCullough misses a sweep off Martell and is lbw, dragging from outside the line of off stump. Fifty for Jordan Neill off 30 deliveries (8x4) but he's run out immediately after! Le Roux hits into the leg side and settles for the single with Neill starting for a second and unable to get back to safety, unfortunate. A Sixty six run unbroken partnership between Macbeth and Le Roux gives Ireland a solid total to defend. Mayhem at the start of the reply - Ben Fitchet picks out long-off in the third over to give Rueben Wilson a wicket off his first delivery and two balls later yesterday's centurion survives an lbw appeal but is stranded down the pitch and keeper Melly's direct hit sees him short despite his despairing dive. Three Josh Butler boundaries off Olly Riley eases the pressure somewhat. Stokes and Butler at the crease, has a certain ring to it? So does Butler bowled Macbeth! Flighted and beats the drive to hit off stump, but the rest of the over costs 10 runs. Leckey into the attack and his opening over goes for 12 before Forkin replaces Macbeth who changes ends. Guernsey well in the game at the half way stage at 86/3, partnership worth fifty before Damarell holes out slog sweeping Macbeth, Ireland needed that. The required rate is up to 11 so a tough ask for the hosts. Getting a bit agricultural and Harry Dyer claims the wicket of Stokes, McCullough holding the catch at deep square leg. That should be that. A wicket for McCullough in the final over and Ireland run out 34 run winners.
2nd T20: Guernsey beat Ireland Academy by 7 runs
KGV, 20 April.
Guernsey 149/4 (20 overs; Tom Nightingale 99*; Reuben Wilson 2-13, Daniel Forkin 2-31)
Ireland Academy 142/6 (20 overs; Jordan Neill 70, Kian Hilton 29*, Gavin Roulston 16, Phillipe Le Roux 14, Hayden Melly 10; Charlie Forshaw 3-17, Ollie Clapham 2-19)
Two early wickets for Reuben Wilson has the Irish on top in the second game of the day, but Friday's centurion Tom Nightingale is leading the fightback by the hosts at the end of the powerplay. Last ball of Forkin's 1st over sees a good stumping by Melly after Stokes had advanced down the track. Nightingale brings up his 50 with a six off Lutton - 36 balls (5 fours, 2 sixes). Second wicket for Daniel Forkin as Zak Damarell gives Jordan Neill a catch in the deep. Still all about Nightingale as we go into the last four overs - can he get to a 100 and Guernsey over 150? the answer is no - but so near. The final total is 149 and he ends unbeaten on 99 from 66 balls (9 fours, 3 sixes). Needed 3 off last ball but could only manage a two. All to play for in the deciding game of the series. Jordan Neill and Gavin Roulston to open the innings. They take 43 from the powerplay with Neill the more aggressive. They will be happy with that start. Even more so as his second six of the over sees Neill bring up his 50 - 32 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes. Stand broken on 68 as Roulston miscues attempted pull to be caught at cover. 80 required off the last 10 overs. 9 wickets in hand - Ireland favourites. Kian Hilton quickly into his stride as Martel drops two short and is hit for successive boundaries. Neill dropped on 60 by Stokes - parried a return catch and couldn't grasp the rebound. Required rate drops to 7 with 42 needed off last six overs. Could there be a late twist as Neill holes out to long-on? Very good 70 from 52 deliveries - five fours and four sixes. Hayden Melly the new batsman. 33 needed off four overs. Could be tight. Maybe all the way to the last ball? Another tight over and suddenly rate needed is over 9..Boundaries have dried up and Melly perishes - trying something adventurous but slices to short third man. Shackles broken by Le Roux who hits two boundaries. 18 needed off last 2 overs. Getting a bit frenetic - 10 needed off the last. Who is your money on? Super over? Guernsey's Charlie Forshaw the home side hero as he finishes the contest with a hat-trick to seal a 7-run win.
ODM: Guernsey beat Ireland Academy by 63 runs
KGV, Guernsey, 19 April.
Guernsey 274/9 (50 overs: Tom Nightingale 132, Ben Ferbrache 36*, Ollie Nightingale 29, Harrison Tagg 27; Adam Leckey 3-46, Reuben Wilson 2-41, Daniel Forkin 2-44)
Ireland Academy 211 (46.3 overs: Scott Macbeth 84, Adam Leckey 50, Daniel Forkin 27; Harry Johnson 4-35, Luke Bichard 2-15, Ollie Clapham 2-26)
Tom Nightingale scored 132 (Martin Gray)
Early wicket for Reuben Wilson Ben Fitchet's stumps spreadeagled in the first over and a second for Wilson as Josh Butler drives in the air into the covers - 1 off 16! Three down and a first wicket for Olly Riley removing Nathan Le Tissier's off stump for 1 off 20!!! Guernsey at a standstill - 'All Change' as Tom Nightingale takes 4 boundaries off Wilson's fourth over. Two more follow in Riley's next and Finn Lutton starts the tenth with a Wide, two more in the over. More pace from Adam Leckey who bowls the eleventh - 2 more Wides! Free hit from a Lutton no ball goes all the way and a boundary to follow means his 4 overs have gone for 28. That early grip Ireland had on the game has gone for the moment. Tom Nightingale raises his 50 off only 38 balls and looks well set with the partnership into the nineties, 7/3 seems a long time ago! Commentator's curse - Harrison Tagg goes for an outrageous reverse off Daniel Forkin and is bowled. Guernsey skipper Ollie Nightingale joins Tom at the crease and they move along to 132 at the half way stage when Drinks are taken. Two overs from Harry Dyer go for 14 before it's back to Reuben Wilson who has what looks like a stone cold lbw against the home skipper turned down. No luck for him this time as he 'misses' a sweep off Forkin - shows his bat to the umpire before departing. A century off 82 deliveries for Tom Nightingale (13x4, 1x6) and a big total in prospect if he sticks around. The Irish bowling has looked distinctly ragged since that opening burst. Lutton back for an over that goes for 13, may be the last we see of him today. Apparently not - and his next goes for 16. Much to Ireland's relief Nightingale falls to a catch on the deep midwicket boundary off Macbeth. Adam Leckey replaces his CSNI clubmate Lutton and traps Adam Martell lbw without scoring, and a brilliant legside stumping by Kian Hilton off a wide gives him a second. More quick hands from Hilton in the final over gives Leckey his third wicket. Good total by Guernsey recovering from that disastrous start aided by a scrappy bowling display by Ireland. Two wickets gone in first five overs with ball seaming about, South Africans Jordan Neill bowled and Kian Hilton edged a drive to the keeper. Followed quickly by Philippe Le Roux - bowled for four. Goes from bad to worse as Gavin Roulston and Hayden Melly gone in successive balls. 36 for 5 and in deep trouble. 6th wicket stand between Adam Leckey and Scott Macbeth restoring pride - worth 106 and counting at the 30-over mark with both having passed their half centuries. But it's ended on 111 as Adam Leckey chips one back to Clapham for exactly 50. Same bowler then traps Harry Dyer in his next over to make it 7 down. Some lusty blows from Scott Macbeth keeps Ireland in with a sniff but he perishes on 84 off 99 balls - (6 fours, 3 sixes). Daniel Forkin gets a few down the order but it appears to be all but over - 75 needed off 6 overs. Ends quickly as Harry Johnson gets two more - final margin 63 runs.
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