Ireland Under 19 2024
Under 19 World Cup, Group 1: : Ireland beat New Zealand by 41 runs DLS
Bloemfontein, 3 February.
Ireland 267/9 (50 overs: Gavin Roulston 82, Kian Hilton 72, Ryan Hunter 24, Jordan Neill 19; Ewald Schreuder 4-46, Matt Rowe 2-49)
New Zealand 131/5 (32.1 overs: James Nelson 34, Lachlan Stackpole 33*, Robbie Foulkes 25; Olly Riley 3-20) (New Zealand target score in 32.1 overs was 173.)
Gavin Roulston top scored for Ireland with 82. (ICC)
Toss: Ireland. Neill and Hunter added 43 for the first wicket with Hilton and Roulston carrying on the good work after Ireland chose to bat, 134/2 at the halfway stage. Partnership now worth 128 as they reach 180 for 2 as drinks are taken at 35 overs. Can they reach 300 by taking 8 an over from the last 15? An emphatic NO - as Ewald Schreuder takes 3 wickets in an over. It's get whatever we can and hope to defend it for the Boys in Green now. And they've done well - 134/2 in the first 25 and 133/7 in the second, hopefully it shouldn't be a straightforward chase for the Kiwis. Cautious start to the chase against tight bowling from Reuben Wilson and Ollie Riley who makes the breakthrough in his fourth over. Great pressure from the Ireland bowlers - can they keep it up? Second wicket falls thanks to a run out. Ireland doing well to get the required rate climbing. Can they chip away at the wickets column? The answer is yes, for now, as Olly Riley takes a c&b for his second, followed by a third. Harry Dyer then takes a wicket just before thunder, rain and lightning sees the game abandoned with Ireland 41 ahead on DLS. A famous first win against New Zealand in any format for an Irish side. A record high 8th place finish too. Well done all.
Under 19 World Cup, Group 1: : Ireland lost to Pakistan by 3 wickets
Potchefstroom, 30 January.
Ireland 181 (48.4 overs: John McNally 53, Harry Dyer 31; Ubaid Shah 3-31, Ali Raza 2-18, Amir Hassan 2-34, Ahmed Hussain 2-37)
Pakistan 182/7 (43.4 overs: Ahmad Hassan 57*, Haroon Arshad 25, Saad Baig 25; Harry Dyer 4-35, Jordan Neill 1-11, Oliver Riley 1-27, Reuben Wilson 1-32)
John McNally scored a half century adding 65 in partnership with Harry Dyer. (ICC)
Toss: Pakistan. Ireland struggling to get going after being asked to bat by Pakistan with the top five all gone inside 20 overs. What can Ireland manage from here? The Hundred up with McNally and Dyer doubling the score for the seventh wicket from a precarious 63/6 and that has given the bowlers something to work with - hope springs eternal. A wicket for each of Ireland’s opening seamers, Wilson and Riley, and three from off spinner Harry Dyer reduced Pakistan to 96/5 before a 63 run partnership between Hussain and Arshad eased them close to the win. Jordan Neil broke that partnership and Dyer claimed his fourth as the tension mounted but Ahmad Hassan saw Pakistan home with an unbeaten half century. Could have so different without that disastrous start to the Ireland innings - a win today would have seen them jump into third place in the group after New Zealand’s heavy defeat.
Under 19 World Cup, Group A: : India beat Ireland by 201 runs
Bloemfontein, 25 January.
India 301/7 (50 overs: Musheer Khan 118, Uday Saharan 75, Arshin Kulkarni 32, Aravelly Avanish Rao 22; Olly Riley 3-55, John McNally 2-45, Finn Lutton 1-61)
Ireland 100 (29.4 overs: Daniel Forkin 27*; Naman Tiwari 4-53, Saumy Pandey 3-21)
Musheer Khan celebrating his run-a-ball century. (ICC)
Two wickets for Clontarf's John McNally has Ireland right in the contest as India reach 80 for 2 at the 20-over mark. India though content to lay a platform as they continue to go at 4 an over. 134 for 2 after 32 overs and on course for a total of well over 200. Signs India looking to go up through the gears as we approach the 40 overs mark with both players having made half centuries and the stand nears 100. Can the Irish hold their discipline when the inevitable assault comes? The first six of the innings brings up the 100 stand from 120 balls. India 182 for 2 after 40 overs. The Irish fielding and bowling struggling as the pressure is applied - stand now worth 151 as 49 scored between overs 41 and 44. Finally, a breakthrough for Finn Lutton with Forkin taking an easy catch at short fine leg - the third wicket had added 156. Runs continue to flow as Musheer Khan reaches a run-a-ball 100 (7 fours, 3 sixes). Khan's innings ended on 118, run out by Macbeth/Hunter as he tried to come back for a second to long on. Riley gets his first wicket two balls later as Hunter takes good catch from skied slash. Riley takes his second and third wickets in the final over, but India already past 300. A whopping 119 came in the last 10 overs. Ouch. Ireland will do well to get anywhere close. You suspect it will all be about respectability. Slow left-armer Pandey immediately has the ball spinning past Neill's defence and into the off stump. Hunter bounced out caught at square leg hooking at Tiwari and a second for him in the over with le Roux edging behind. More success for Tiwari as Macbeth cuts to backward point. Pandey spins one past Cosgrave who stretches and is stumped, McCullough lbw first ball and can it get worse? Yes as Hilton drags Tiwari on - eight down and not past 50! A 9th wicket stand of 39 between Olly Riley and Daniel Forkin adds a little bit of respectability, but it's scant consolation for what has been a hammering. Forkin finishes on 27 not out as Ireland dismissed for exactly 100 - beaten by a mammoth 201 runs.
Under 19 World Cup, Group A: : Bangladesh beat Ireland by 6 wickets
Bloemfontein, 22 January.
Ireland 235/8 (50 overs: Kian Hilton 90, Jordan Neill 31, Scott Macbeth 27, John McNally 23; Maruf Mridha 2-45, Sheikh Jibon 2-54, Mahfuzur Rabby 1-27, Mohammad Rafi 1-42, Rohanat Borson 1-45)
Bangladesh 239/4 (46.5 overs: Shihab James 55*, Ahrar Amin 45*, Rahman Shibli 44, Adil Siddik 36, Mohammad Rizwan 21; Scott Macbeth 2-41, Matthew Weldon 1-31, John McNally 1-46)
Kian Hilton celebrates his half-century on his way to a score of 90. (ICC)
Toss: Bangladesh. The Bangladesh spinners are lining up to bowl on this pitch! Lots in it for them and lots of nervous laughter and head shaking from the batters. Few risk free options on offer for them. Fifty for Kian Hilton, excellent in tough circumstances, survived a straightforward chance to fine leg but has not let himself be tied down. Total building - can they push on in the last ten overs of the innings? No is the answer as Macbeth holes out to deep mid-wicket to end a 81 run partnership. No century for Hilton as he picks out long on in the penultimate over, frustrated that he had missed out on a few opportunities in the previous few deliveries. A terrific knock that has given Ireland a chance of an upset. A comfortable start from the Bangladesh openers who look untroubled by the Irish seamers who don't seem to be posing much of a threat, time for spin? Not yet it seems!!! McNally takes the ball for the tenth over. Spin at last - McCullough to bowl the eleventh over, and spin from both ends now as Macbeth joins the attack but not the fizz from either that was evident when Bangladesh were bowling. That didn't last long just the one over from Macbeth and left arm seamer Matthew Weldon takes the ball and makes the breakthrough, Siddik edging through to Hunter, opening partnership worth 90. Two wickets for Macbeth having Shibli lbw and Ariful Islam stumped. Momentum shifts with a wicket for McNally - can Ireland keep the pressure on? No is the answer - Bangladesh having no problem keeping the score ticking along and Amin and James added an unbroken 109 for the fifth wicket to see their side to a comfortable victory.
Under 19 World Cup, Group A: : Ireland beat USA by 7 wickets
Bloemfontein, 19 January.
USA 105 (40.2 overs; Khush Bhalala 22*; Olly Riley 3-21, Reuben Wilson 3-23, John McNally 2-17, Scott Macbeth 1-17, Carson McCullough 1-23)
Ireland 109/3 (22.5 overs; Ryan Hunter 50*, Kian Hilton 23, Phillipe Le Roux 23*; Arya Garg 2-31)
A boundary for Kian Hilton (ICC)
Great start by Ireland with three wickets apiece for YMCA opening bowlers Olly Riley and Reuben Wilson helping dismiss USA for 105. There were two scalps for Clontarf's John McNally and one each for spinners Scott Macbeth and Carson McCullough. The Irish will be confident of chasing this down and get their campaign off to a winning start. However, Jordan Neill is gone in the first over. Could this be one of those nervy chases? More nerves as Gavin Roulston departs for 0. However, a flurry of boundaries from Kian Hilton and Ryan Hunter get the Irish back on track as they both reach 20 and are over halfway to the modest target. A stand of 59 is ended by the fall of Hilton, but skipper Philippe Le Roux and Hunter edging their side closer to the finishing line. Hunter reaches his 50 from 63 balls (5 fours) as Pete Johnston's side win by 7 wickets.
Under 19 World Cup, Warm-up: : Ireland v Namibia - no result
Pretoria, 16 January.
Ireland 22-0 (5.2 overs , J Neill 9*, R Hunter 12*) - rain ended play
The U19 World Cup captains (ICC)
Ireland U19s World Cup preparations were hampered after just 32 balls were possible in their second and final official warm-up game against Namibia. Ryan Hunter (12*) and Jordan Neill (9*) safely negotiated the opening spell reaching 22 without loss when the heavens opened. Pete Johnston's side face USA in their tournament opener on Friday.
Under 19 World Cup, Warm-up: : Ireland lost to Zimbabwe by 27 runs (DLS)
Pretoria, 14 January.
Ireland 217/9 (50 overs; Harry Dyer 44, Kian Hilton 37, Gavin Roulston 35, Ryan Hunter 26, Carson McCullough 24, Phillippe Le Roux 23; Matthew Schonken 3-36, S Ryan 2-38)
Zimbabwe 167/3 (38 overs, Ryan Kamwemba 52, Campbell MacMillan 49*, Panashe Taruvinga 27, Ronak Patel 21; Reuben Wilson 2-16) (Par score 140 in 38 overs)
Reuben Wilson took two wickets for Ireland (CricketEurope)
Ireland lost the first of their two official warm-up matches on Sunday as they were beaten by 27 runs against Zimbabwe in a game curtailed by rain. Jordan Neill again went cheaply, but runs for Ryan Hunter (26), Gavin Roulston (35) and Kian Hilton (37) saw them reach 98 for 2, before a mini-collapse had them in trouble at 130 for 6. The lower middle-order rallied though with CSNI's Harry Dyer top-scoring with 44, adding 47 with Carson McCullough (24), while skipper Phillipe Le Roux made 23. A total of 217 for 9 looked competitive, but Ryan Kamwemba hit 52 in an opening stand of 91 before Pete Johnston's side rallied. Reuben Wilson (2-16) and Carson McCullough (1-31) took three wickets for three runs to bring their side right back into contention. However, Zimbabwe's fourth wicket pair of Campbell MacMillan (49*) and Ronak Patel added 73 to take their side to 167 for 3 after 38 overs when the rain came. A quick check of the DLS sheet saw Zimbabwe 27 ahead and declared victors. Ireland play their second and final warm-up match against Namibia onTuesday, before they start the tournament proper on Friday.
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