Ireland’s Under-19 men’s team advance to 2022 Under-19 World Cup with victory over Scotland
For the second game in a row, Lisburn’s Matthew Humphreys played for the Irish Under-19 Men’s Team convincingly beating Scotland by 78 points, securing his place at the ICC Men’s Under-19 World Cup in West Indies l ‘next year.
SUMMARY OF THE MATCH
Ireland U19 v Scotland U19, ICC U19 World Cup European Qualifying Final, Desert Springs Cricket Ground, 25 September 2021
Ireland U19 139 (46.4 overs; N McGuire 43, S Macbeth 27; O Davidson 3-22, J Jarvis 3-16, L Robertson 3-29)
Scotland U19 66 (26.5 overs: T Mackintosh 15; M Humphreys 5-25, N McGuire 2-14, L Doherty 1-12)
Ireland Under 19 won by 78 points
Humphreys, who won 4-11 in his side’s victory over the Scots on Thursday, did better today claiming 5-25 as the Irish bowling unit raged for the second time in three days in wins in a row against their Celtic. opponents.
As the conditions were hot and humid, Irish captain Tim Tector won the toss and chose to strike first – and in a result eerily similar to Thursday’s game, the Irish hitters largely struggled to to start up. Nathan McGuire was the top-notch exception, hitting 43 of 50 balls, but by the 23rd over Ireland was 70-5 with another low total (To almost at the equivalent stadium in the last game, Ireland was 58-5).
Scott Macbeth (27) and Liam Doherty (21) forged a much needed 41-race partnership for the 6e wicket – and late runs were added by Humphreys (11) and Jamie Forbes (12), but the Irish team succumbed to 144 against 46.4 overs – slightly better than their total of 139 in the last game.
While they seemed like a low goal for the Scots to achieve on their own, in the context of the final game it was the Irish bowlers who started the second set with full confidence (Scotland were only knocked out for 44 games. Thursday).
And just like he did on Thursday, Humphreys struck in the first inning and set the tone for his team as the men in green once again made their way through the Scottish batting lineup.
Humphreys’ five-wicket transport stood out, but it was actually a full performance of the entire bowling unit. McGuire (2-14), Forbes (1-1), Muzamil Sherzad (1-2) and Liam Doherty (1-12) took the wickets alongside Humphreys, while Cameron Doak (0-8) went without wicket but flipped large overs to keep pressure on the Scottish side.
In the end, the Scots climbed to the 27e finished, but finished with 66 points overall – 78 points adrift, allowing Ireland Under-19 to advance to the ICC Men’s Under-19 World Cup next year.
After the game, Matthew Humphreys said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled for the guys – the feeling was absolutely great [when we won], thanks guys for the way they got their act together. 140 wasn’t a big score, but the passion we showed on the pitch was absolutely awesome and it was an absolutely awesome experience for the guys.
“The loss to the Netherlands at the start of the tournament was hard to bear, but in all fairness they were the better team that day. The guys were brilliant at the way they came together over the next few days – the team culture was really good, and we focused on what we needed to do which is get three wins. out of three to qualify.
Irish captain Tim Tector said:
“We were really happy when we took that last wicket – it’s not every day that you qualify for a World Cup. Probably the most enjoyable aspect today was the fight we showed, to bounce back like we did this week after that first loss was great. “
“Matthew Humphreys has been amazing all week for us – the first two games were pretty unlucky for him as he didn’t have wickets against Jersey or the Netherlands but the way he played against Scotland was a real reward for the way he’s been bowling all week. He stuck to his plan and was still threatening hitters. And with the bat, too, he’s been solid all week and has helped several. times to get us out of sticky situations, so it was great to see that fight and that hunger on his part.
“I’m really excited for the whole team – but the hard work really starts now as we have about three months to go to the Caribbean for the World Cup so we’re going to put our heads down and practice hard. And then, when we’re there, we’ll be sure to benefit from the experience – like I said earlier, it’s not every day that you qualify for a World Cup.