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Derek Scott

Ireland hoped to finish by beating Denmark and Zimbabwe "A" and finish no worse than third of the six. This was not to be. Denmark won easily and might have been easier still, if Gillespie and McCallan had not rescued a position of 72 for five. Eventually 217 was not enough and Denmark fairly well coasted home after an opening stand of 98 in 17.4 overs. The bowling was once again poor with the very specific exception of Dwyer who took three for 33 in his 10 overs. So bad has been Ireland's bowling in this Tournament that there was a case for fielding, having won the toss, in the hope that the batsmen could chase a target. Ireland left out Cooke, Heasley and Rutherford thereby having a long tail. It was McCallan's 50th match. The pitch was good. The morning was sunny turning cool in the afternoon.

Molins and Archer began to the left armer Hansen and Khan. Archer did not score. He nibbled at Hansen and was caught at slip. 7-1-0. P. Davy and Molins did quite well adding 46 in 10 overs. Then four wickets fell for 19, three to first change bowler Jensen and one to Hedegaard. Molins leaned back and skied to mid-on. 53-2-27. Joyce gave a difficult chance to a diving mid-on. The next ball bowled Davy. 67-3-29. At 72 two wickets fell. Joyce mishit Jensen to mid-off. 72-4-9. Then Dunlop pushed forward to Hedegaard and was caught at the wicket. 72-5-3 in the 21st over.

All now rested on Gillespie and McCallan. They proved up to the task. Gillespie hit two fours and 90 was posted after 26 overs. Klitgaard, slow left arm, and L. Hedegaard, medium pace took over. 100 was up in over 29. At 115 McCallan gave a difficult chance to mid-off Klitgaard and had earlier given an easy stumping chance. On they went. 150 in the 41st over and 100 stand in the 44th. By now Gillespie had reached his fifth 50 for Ireland off 71 balls. The best over tally was 11 in the 45th - 10 to Gillespie. McCallan was the first to go. The stand had put on 127 in 27 overs. At 199 in the 48th over McCallan went down the pitch and snicked to the wicket- keeper. 199-6-47. In the next over, the 49th, Gillespie hit Hansen for four and hoisted to deep square leg next ball. 209-7-74. He faced 87 balls and hit eight fours in an innings saving display. Eight more runs were added for the loss of J. Davy who was caught at deep gully. The best Danish bowler was medium pacer Jensen who took three for 27 in eight overs. Ireland hit 21 fours.

Denmark made light of the challenge. Opening bats Pedersen (left handed) and Lambert made great use of the fielding restricted first 15 overs. They put on 88 of which Pedersen made 48 with six fours and a six in the fourth over off McCallan. The latter had two overs for 16 and gave way to J. Davy who gave up 25 in three. Butler did well comparatively, with 32 off seven.

50 was up in over nine and the first wicket fell at 98 in Dwyer's fourth over. Dwyer was bowling in tandem with Joyce (37 in eight). Dwyer beat Pedersen in the flight and had him stumped. 98-1-51. In his next over Dwyer caught and bowled Lambert. 101-2-34. Dwyer struck again in his seventh over when, number three, Lund skied to mid-off. 113-3-5. Dwyer bowled out his 10 overs for 33 and three wickets.

Ahmed and Khan were now together. They put on 69 in only 12 overs with Butler and Gillespie giving up expensive overs. 150 was up in over 31. Eventually Davy came back and captured two more wickets before the end. At 182 he had Ahmed caught at mid-wicket. 182-4-21. In the next over Khan reached 50 in 49 balls. M. Hedegaard joined him. 200 was up in over 43 but with the scores tied Davy had Hedegaard caught at the wicket. The next ball was a wide to Hansen and the match was over Denmark having batted 45.3 overs. Once again Ireland bowled poorly with Dwyer the splendid exception.