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England Young Lions XI beat Ireland by 131 runs
Loughborough, 25 August.
England Young Lions XI 373/9 (50 overs; T Wylie 111, H Mustard 66, T Holland 43, Y Bin Naeem 33, R Lewis 29, L Owens 24*; D Forkin 3-64, F Lutton 3-80)
Ireland 242 (37.4 overs; J Neill 66, H Dyer 43, E Birch 36, R Hunter 30; Haider Hussain 3-63, L Owens 2-12, R Lewis 2-55)
England beat Ireland by 209 runs
Loughborough, 23 August.
England 372-7 (50 overs: K Fonseka 76, R Whitfield 59, H Rogers 56, H Hurle 46, J Carney 44, B McKinney 25; F Lutton 2-56, J Neill 1-42, H Dyer 1-37, M Weldon 1-70)
Ireland 163 (31.5 overs: M Cosgrave 45, P Le Roux 36, R Hunter 34; H Rogers 4-26, J Thomas 2-25, T Ali 2-27)
Action from the game (CricketEurope)
England U19's gained revenge for their Monday loss with a resounding 209-run win over Ireland at Loughborough. Kesh Fonseka top-scored with 76 and there were also half centuries for Ross Whitfield and Henry Rogers as the hosts made 372 for 7. Finn Lutton took two wickets, while there were one apiece for Jordan Neill, Harry Dyer and Matt Weldon. Facing such a daunting total, Ireland were never in contention, dismissed for 163. Macdara Cosgrave top-scored with 45, while skipper Philippe Le Roux made 36 and Ryan Hunter 34. Ireland finish the week with a match against England Young Lions who have been taking on Australia Under 19s this week.
England lost to Ireland by 72 runs
Haslegrave, Loughborough, 21 August.
Ireland 333/5 (50 overs: S Macbeth 90*, J Neill 77, G Roulston 73, R Hunter 47; F Ahmed 2-48, D Hogg 2-70)
England 261 (43.5 overs: K Fonseka 121, T Holland 35, D Hogg 26; D Forkin 4-53, C McCullough 2-52, M Weldon 2-55)
Gavin Roulston and Scott Macbeth who shared a century stand as Ireland U19s beat England U19s (CricketEurope)
Ireland U19s claimed a famous 72-run win over their English counterparts in their first youth ODI at Loughborough. Batting first they were given the perfect start by an opening stand of 98 between Jordan Neill and Ryan Hunter, who made 47 (7 fours). Merrion opener Neill went on to add a further 53 with Gavin Roulston before being dismissed for 77 (10 fours). Macdara Cosgrave and skipper Philippe Le Roux went cheaply to leave the game finely balanced at 170 for 4 in the 36th over. Scott Macbeth joined Roulston and the North West pair produced a match defining partnership of 117 in just 11.3 overs, with Macbeth top-scoring, hitting 8 fours and 6 maximums in his unbeaten 90 from just 48 balls. Roulston also made a half-century, his 73 including 5 fours and 2 sixes. The pair really pressed the accelerator as 143 runs came in the last 10 overs of the innings - 46 from the last three as Carson McCullough (23* off 10 balls) took up the mantle after Roulston's dismissal. A total of 333 for 5 gave the Irish a real filliip, but they knew that on a good pitch with smallish boundaries they would have to bowl well. The Hills left-arm quick Matthew Weldon (2-55) gave them a perfect start with a breakthrough in the first over, but Nottinghamshire's Travis Holland (35) and Kesh Fonseka got the innings back on track with a second wicket stand of 89. It was a case of 'spin to win' for Pete Johnston's side as Carson McCullough (2-52), Jordan Neill and Scott Macbeth all got among the wickets. The star turn though was Merrion left-arm spinner Daniel Forkin, who got four wickets including the prize scalp of Lancashire batsman Fonseka, who made a quite brilliant 121 from 112 balls (12 fours, 5 sixes) and it was only when he was back in the pavilion that Ireland could relax - eventually sealing a 72-run win. A very proud day for all of Irish cricket in what is undoubtedly one of, if not the best win by an Irish youth side. The teams meet again on Wednesday at the same venue.
Warwickshire Academy beat Ireland by 145 runs
Birmingham, 17 August.
Warwickshire Academy 283-9 (50 overs, D Khan 70, K Smith 58, O Dandy 34, Y Khali 31; J Neill 3-42, C McCullough 2-45, S Macbeth 2-50)
Ireland 138 (27.2 overs, R Hunter 37, J Neill 30; T Wylie 7-40, M Shakh 3-43)
Warwickshire Academy beat Ireland U19s (CricketEurope)
Ireland Under 19's were on the receiving end of another heavy loss against Warwickshire Academy as they went down to a 145-run defeat. Daniyal Khan (70) and Kai Smith (58) scored half centuries as the Bears posted 283 for 9. It could have been worse but for a fightback by Pete Johnston's side that saw the spinners once again bring some control to proceedings. Jordan Neill took three wickets, while there were two apiece for Carson McCullough and Scott Macbeth. The Irish reply started brightly as Ryan Hunter (37) and Jordan Neill (30) shared an opening stand of 62 in 10 overs, before the wheels came off with the introduction of left-arm spinner Theo Wylie, who took full advantage of the used pitch to claim 7 for 40 - Ireland bundled out for 138 in the 28th over. Ireland are back in action next week as they take on England in two youth ODIs at Loughborough.
Warwickshire Academy beat Ireland by 5 wickets
Birmingham, 16 August.
Ireland 252/9 (50 overs: R Hunter 37, G Roulston 37, O Riley 35*, P le Roux 27; T Wylie 4-37, Y Khalil 3-49)
Warwickshire Academy 253/5 (46 overs: O Dandy 106, A Khan 37, G Maddy 31*, T Wylie 27)
Ireland U19s get ready to go onto the field (CricketEurope)
Ireland U19s five-match trip to England got off to a losing start as they encountered 'Hurricane Oliver' in a 5 wicket loss against Warwickshire Academy. Batting first, Ryan Hunter and Gavin Roulston both scored 37 in a second wicket stand of 60, before the Irish lost their way, losing wickets in clusters to slip from 98 for 1 to 168 for 7. The tail wagged with Olly Riley hitting an unbeaten 35 as Pete Johnston's side finished on 252 for 9. Theo Wylie - signed on a rookie contract by the Bears for the One-Day Cup took four wickets and made 27 in an opening stand of 67 with Oliver Dandy in just six overs. Dandy took the Irish attack apart in a powerful display of pinch hitting, with the teenager clearing the ropes 8 times as well as hitting 8 fours in his 106 from just 102 deliveries. He added a further 97 for the second wicket with Amir Khan (37) as the hosts reached 164 for 1 in the 23rd over. The Irish spinners wrestled back some control, with Merrion left-armer Daniel Forkin taking 1-27, and being the pick of the Irish bowlers. Warwickshire sealed the win in 46 overs, with wicket-keeper George Maddy hitting an unbeaten 31. The sides meet again on Thursday at the same venue.
One Day: Ireland beat Jersey by 17 runs
Lisburn, 3 August.
Ireland 117 (40.2 overs: Aaron McGeehan 35, Toby Britton 3-19, George Richardson 2-24)
Jersey 100 (33.3 overs: Charlie Brennan 41; James West 5-16, Daniel Forkin 2-12, Finn Lutton 2-34)
James West claimed 5 wickets for 16. runs (CricketEurope)
James West claimed a stunning five wicket haul to bowl Ireland Under 19's to a remarkable comeback win against Jersey. Pete Johnston's side got out of jail after a poor batting display saw them dismissed for just 117 - thanks primarily to Aaron McGeehan's 35. Charlie Brennan then thumped 7 fours and a six in a whirlwind 41 from only 20 balls to take the Channel Islanders to 66 for 2 in the 13th over. His dismissal by Carson McCullough proved the decisive moment in the contest, as they lost eight wickets for 34 to be 100 all out - West claiming five wickets, fellow CSNI player Finn Lutton claiming two, as did Merrion left-arm spinner Daniel Forkin. Ireland claim the series 2-0, and will now embark on a four-game series in England, two of which are against the senior U19 side.
One Day: Ireland beat Jersey by 33 runs
Lisburn, 2 August.
Ireland 170/5 (25 overs: Hayden Melly 46, Macdara Cosgrove 32, Carson McCullough 28; Louis Kelly 3-30)
Jersey 137 (25 overs: Jack Stevens 40, Charlie Brennan 21; James West 3-17, Daniel Forkin 2-18)
CSNI's four Ireland U19 squad members with club captain Stuart Thompson (CricketEurope)
Ireland Under 19s continued their winning run with a 33-run win over Jersey in a game reduced to 25 overs. That any play was possible was thanks to a Herculean effort by Dean Simpson and the Wallace Park groundstaff following the relentless weather of recent weeks. The hosts posted 170 for 5, with Hayden Melly making a steady 46, before late fireworks from Macdara Cosgrave and Carson McCullough. They added 60 in just five overs, hitting a combined 5 sixes. Louis Kelly (3-30) was the pick of the Channel Islanders bowling. It was a case of 'spin to win' for Pete Johnston's side with James West - one of four CSNI players in the squad - taking 3 for 17, and Merrion's Daniel Forkin again in the wickets, claiming 2 for 18. Jack Stevens (40) and Charlie Brennan (21) did well for Jersey as they ended on 137. The teams will meet again on Thursday at the same venue in a 50-overs contest.
Match 3: Scotland v Ireland: abandoned
Mannofield, Aberdeen., 27 July.
Scotland 47/1 (8.4 overs: A Price 27*)
Ireland
Less than 9 overs were possible in the third and final match of the Celtic Cup series, with the hosts on 47 for 1 when play was abandoned - John McNally with the wicket for Ireland. Pete Johnston's side take the trophy 2-0, and will now play two matches next week against Jersey in Lisburn, before playing four games in England, including two ODI's against their English counterparts.
Match 2: Scotland lost to Ireland by 123 runs
Mannofield, Aberdeen, 25 July.
Ireland 275 (49.5 overs; Gavin Roulston 67, Macdara Cosgrave 58, Ryan Hunter 32, Phillipe le Roux 26; Mackenzie Jones 4-63, Nikhil Koreeswaran 3-40)
Scotland 152 (33.1 overs; Owen Goold 58, Mackenzie Jones 30; Daniel Forkin 5-22)
Ireland U19ss ready to defend their total (Hamish Balfour)
Ireland Under 19s took a 2-0 lead in the series with a thoroughly convincing 123-run win against Scotland in Aberdeen. Bready's Gavin Roulston and Pembroke's Macdara Cosgrave scored half centuries, while Merrion left-arm spinner Daniel Forkin took five wickets. Left-hander Roulston top-scored with 67 (4 fours) as he shared stands of 64 for the third wicket with skipper Phillipe Le Roux (26) and 55 for the fifth wicket with Cosgrave - who hit five boundaries in his 58 from 55 balls. There were runs too for CSNI opener Ryan Hunter (32) as Ireland posted 275 - four wickets for Mackenzie Jones and three for Nikhil Koreeswaran. Ollie Riley again struck in the first over of the chase, and with the Irish fielding vastly improved, Scotland were never in contention. Jordan Neill, Macdara Cosgrave and Ollie Riley held excellent catches as Scotland were bowled out for 152 despite another half century for skipper Owen Goold. Forkin finished with 5 for 22 to cap a superb display by Pete Johnston's side who will play the third game of the Celtic Cup series on Thursday at the same venue.
Scotland lost to Ireland by 27 runs
Mannofield, Aberdeen., 24 July.
Ireland 291/6 (50 overs: Phillipe le Roux 63, John McNally 50*, Gavin Roulston 44, Scott Macbeth 44, Macdara Cosgrave 21, Ryan Hunter 20; M Jones 2-29)
Scotland 264 (48 overs: Uzair Ahmad 78, Owen Goold 73, Ali Price 47; Scott Macbeth 3-53, Oliver Riley 2-38 Carson McCullough 2-43)
Half centuries from skipper Phillipe Le Roux and John McNally helped Ireland Under 19's to a 27-run win on the opening day of their Celtic Cup clash with Scotland in Aberdeen. Railway Union's Le Roux top scored with 63 (7 fours, 1 six) as he shared stands of 78 for the third wicket with Gavin Roulston and 60 for the fourth with Scott Macbeth - both of whom made 44. Clontarf left-hander John McNally took advantage of the platform set by the top order as he thumped a rapid unbeaten half century from just 29 balls as Pete Johnston's side finished on 291 for 7. Olly Riley (2-38) struck with the first ball of the chase, but any notion Ireland had of a quick win were soon dispelled by a second wicket partnership of 126 between Owen Goold (73) and Ali Price (47) - both of whom benefitted from dropped opportunities. Three wickets for Scott Macbeth and two for CIYMS spinner Carson McCullough ensured Ireland started with a 27-run win, despite a hard hit 78 in just 64 deliveries from Uzair Ahmad, who again took advantage of a dropped chance early on - something for Ireland to work on as the teams continue their series on Tuesday morning at Mannofield.
Ireland Under 17 2023
Scotland beat Ireland by 96 runs
Forthill, 18 August.
Scotland 192/6 (20 overs; B Weatherhead 58, M Lindsay 50, F Carter 29*; J West 3-31, C Nawn 2-30)
Ireland 96 (18 overs; J West 26, A Leckey 24; A Reddy 2-16, Z Ihsan 2-18, F Khan 2-22)
Scotland U17s who beat Ireland U17s 4-1 to win the Celtic Cup. (Cricket Scotland Twitter)
Scotland duly completed a 4-1 Celtic Cup series win with an emphatic 96-run over Ireland at Forthill. Bruce Weatherhead and Max Lindsay scored half centuries as the hosts piled on the runs - making 192 for 6 in their 20 overs. James West (3-31) and Cameron Nawn (2-30) were the most successful of the Irish attack. The chase was a poor one with the visitors unable to get any sort of a foothold. The CSNI duo of James West (26) and Adam Leckey (24) the best of their disappointing 96 all out.
Scotland beat Ireland by 16 runs (Match 1)
Forthill, 17 August.
Scotland 148 (19.3 overs; B Willmott 34, T Knight 21; A Leckey 3-26 , S Karpe 2-7)
Ireland 132-8 (20 overs, A Leckey 30, T Wylie 3-27, F Khan 2-35)
Ireland went down to a 16-run loss in the first T20 of the day at Forthill despite an excellent all-round effort from CSNI's Adam Leckey. He took three wickets and Srihan Karpe two as the Scots made 148 - runs for Ben Willmott (34) and Tom Knight (21). Leckey then hit 30 from 23 balls, but the Irish never recovered from a slow start, losing by 16 runs - Tom Wylie taking three wickets and Farhan Khan two.
Scotland beat Ireland by 83 runs (Match 2)
Forthill, 17 August.
Scotland 189/2 (20 overs; M Lindsay 76*, E Ramsay 52, T Knight 25*)
Ireland 106-9 (19.3 overs; A Doyle 32; M Saraswat 2-9, F Khan 2-30)
Action from Scotland versus Ireland U17s (CricketEurope)
Scotland clinched the Celtic Cup 3-1 after a dominant display in the second T20 of the day at Forthill. The hosts never looked back after a second wicket stand of 111 between top scorer Max Lindsay and Ethan Ramsay (52). Lindsay's powerful unbeaten 76 included 4 sixes and came from just 52 balls. A total of 189 for 2 was always going to be challenging and Ireland came up well short, with Aaron Doyle's 32 the best of their 106. It's been a tough week for the Irish, whose playing resources have been stretched with many of their first-choice squad required for the U19 series in England, While on the face of it a heavy series loss to Scotland is a cause for concern, the reality isn't as bad as it may seem at first glance.
Scotland lost to Ireland by 57 runs
Forthill, 15 August.
Ireland 245 (47.5 overs; A Doyle 85, S Karpe 38 ret, R Nolan 38, J West 26, A Leckey 21; F Khan 3-31, Z Ihsan 3-36)
Scotland 188 (43.1 overs Z Ihsan 35, F Carter 24, E Ramsay 22; C Nawn 2-22, C Downey 2-24, R Nolan 2-25)
Ireland U17 squad that levelled the series against Scotland at Forthill (CricketEurope)
Ireland U17s levelled the Celtic Cup series with a 57-run win over Scotland at Forthill. Skipper Aaron Doyle's powerful 85 from 81 balls (15 fours, 1 six) helped the Irish to 245. Srihan Karpe and Ryan Nolan made 38 apiece, while the CSNI pair of James West (26) and Adam Lecky (21) also chipped in. Zainullah Ihsan took three wickets and also top-scored with 35 for the hosts, but they never threaten to chase down their target, as two wickets apiece for Cameron Nawn, Charlie Downey and Ryan Nolan sealed the victory.
Scotland beat Ireland by 124 runs
Forfarshire, 14 August.
Scotland 273/8 (50 overs; E Ramsay 98, F Carter 63, B Weatherhead 24; S Karpe 3-35, R Nolan 2-45)
Ireland 149 (43.2 overs; J West 33, A Heasley 20; T Wylie 4-28, L Bennet 2-31, M Saraswat 2-36)
Scotland batting in their win over Ireland (CricketEurope)
A fourth wicket stand of 137 between Ethan Ramsay and Finlay Carter propelled Scotland U17's to an emphatic 124-run win over Ireland in the opening game of their Celtic Cup series at Forfar. Ramsay top-scored with 98 (8 fours), while Carter's 63 included 6 boundaries. Bruce Weatherhead chipped in with 24 as the hosts amassed 273 for 8 in their 50 overs - three wickets for Srihan Karpe and two for Ryan Nolan. Ireland openers Adam Heasley (20) and Lealand McElwee (13) put on an opening stand of 43, but the innings was soon in tatters as they slumped to 46 for 4. James West made a battling 33, but four wickets for Tom Wylie (4-28), plus two apiece for Louis Bennet and Manu Sarasawat saw the Irish bowled out for 149. The teams are back in action on Tuesday at the same venue.
Ireland Under 15 2023
Ireland beat Scotland by 32 runs (Match 1)
The Cloughan, Templepatrick, 17 August.
Ireland 154-6 (20 overs: R O'Brien 41, B Dunphy 38, E Marshall 28; S Boggala 4-22)
Scotland 122- 7 (20 overs: F Foley 27, R Grant 20; A Wankhade 2-30)
One of the Reverse Sweeps on show today (CricketEurope)
Skipper Rob O'Brien top-scored with 41 as Ireland Under 15's continued their winning streak with a 32-run win over Scotland in the first of two T20s at Templepatrick. Brian Dunphy chipped in with 38 and Ethan Marshall made 28 as the young Irish racked up 154 for 6 despite four wickets for Srikar Boggala. Fergus Foley (27) and Rory Grant (20) got starts, but Ireland were always in command as the Scots finished on 122 for 7 - two wickets for Aadi Wankhade.
Ireland beat Scotland by 7 runs (Match 2)
The Cloughan, Templepatrick, 17 August.
Ireland 144-4 (20 overs: B Whaley 45, R O'Brien 29, S Yeates 27)
Scotland 137-7 (20 overs: R Grant 59, J Imray 33*; L Bates 2-39)
Ireland U15 Celtic Cup Winners 2023 (CricketEurope)
A third wicket stand of 67 between Pembroke's Bruce Whaley and skipper Rob O'Brien helped Ireland take the Celtic Cup Series 4-0 with their second T20 win of the day at Templepatrick. Whaley top-scored with a run-a-ball 45, while O'Brien cleared the fence twice in a hard-hit 29 as the Irish made 144 for 4. Scotland threatened briefly as Rory Grant hit 57 from just 40 balls (3 fours, 2 sixes), while John Imray also hit two maximums in a whirlwind unbeaten 33, but the Irish held on to win by seven runs and complete the clean sweep.
Ireland beat Scotland by 202 runs.
Upritchard Park, Bangor, 15 August.
Ireland 326 (50 overs; S Haslett 92, D Murray 70, R O'Brien 39, S Yeates 27, L McKeown 25*; M Asif 2-42, S Thaker 2-69)
Scotland 124 (24.1 overs; G Gammell 38, M Chaplain 31; E Marshall 5-26, L Bates 2-26)
Ireland U15 Squad. (CricketEurope)
A sixth wicket stand of 123 between Sam Haslett and Dan Murray helped Ireland U15s to a thumping 202-run win over Scotland at Bangor to take a 2-0 series lead in the Celtic Cup. Bonds Glen all-rounder Haslett top-scored with 92 (5 fours, 2 sixes), while Pembroke's Murray made a fluent 70 from only 60 balls (9 fours, 1 six). There were runs too for skipper Rob O'Brien (39), Seb Yeates (27) and Lucas McKeown - who hit 3 sixes in an 8-ball unbeaten 25 - as the Irish finished on an imposing 326. Clontarf's Ethan Marshall then took five wickets as Scotland were whittled out for just 124 - two scalps also for Luca Bates. The teams are off on Wednesday, before playing two T20s at Templepatrick on Thursday.
Ireland beat Scotland by 6 wickets.
Upritchard Park, Bangor, 14 August.
Scotland 140-9 (35 overs; R Grant 37, A Khan 30; E Marshall 3-28, B Brolly 2-19, S Haslett 2-26, B Walsh 2-31)
Ireland 144-4 (30.4 overs; R O'Brien 46, S Yeates 38, S Haslett 25*)
Early wicket for Ireland at Bangor (CricketEurope)
Ireland Under 15's got off to a winning start beating Scotland by 6 wickets in the opening match of their Celtic Cup Series at Bangor. There was a frustrating delay which saw the game reduced to 35 overs, and batting first the Scots made 140 fo 9 with Rory Grant top-scoring with 37. Ethan Marshall picked up three wickets, with the spinning triumvirate of Bobby Brolly, Sam Haslett and Ben Walsh all took two. Scotland struck two early blows in the chase, but a third wicket stand of 64 between skipper Rob O'Brien (46) and Seb Yeates (38) brought Ireland back on top, with Sam Haslett's unbeaten 25 clinching the win in the 31st over. The teams meet again at the same venue on Tuesday.
Ireland beat Northamptonshire by 4 wickets
Durham, 11 August.
Northamptonshire 179 (40.2 overs, William Wears 56, Ram Patel 29, Harry Bennett-Sulsh 24, James West 3-34, Daniel Murray 2-21)
Ireland 182-6 (33.3 overs, Robert O'Brien 58, Sam Haslett 34, James West 26, Ethan Marshall 23*, Frank Fowler 3-44)
Captains at the toss of the BA Festival final between Ireland and Northants (JP)
Ireland defended their Under 15 crown with an excellent four wickets win over Northamptonshire at the Durham Festival. Northants posted 179 with William Wears top-scoring with 56. James West took 3 for 34 to take his tally for the week to 13 - winning the leading wicket taker award for the second time at the prestigious competition. The Irish reply started disastrously as they lost their top three with just 8 on the board - their target of 180 looking very distant. They rallied thanks to a counter-attacking 58 from just 41 deliveries by skipper Rob O'Brien, who cleared the ropes 5 times as well as striking 4 furs. He added 78 with James West (26) as the Irish reply got back on track. Further runs from the middle-order pair of Sam Haslett (34) and Ethan Marshall (23*) sealed victory in the 34th over. Nigel Jones side are back in action next week as they face Scotland in the Celtic Cup series with two 50 over games at Bangor on Monday and Tuesday, followed by two T20's at Templepatrick on Thursday.
Suffolk lost to Ireland by 8 wickets
Raby Castle, 10 August.
Suffolk 75 (35.1 overs: Bobby Brolly 4-6, James West 4-17)
Ireland 76/2 (14 overs: Robert O'Brien 31*)
Captains and umpires pictured at the Toss (JP)
Ireland Under 15s made it four wins from four at the Durham Festival with a dominant 8 wickets win over previously unbeaten Suffolk. The Irish spinners have been in tremendous form all week and it was more of the same as James West of CSNI and Ardmore's Bobby Brolly took four wickets apiece to bowl out Suffolk for just 75. The modest target proved little trouble for Nigel Jones side, who reached it for the loss of just two in 14 overs - Skipper Robert O'Brien making an unbeaten 31.
Cleveland Schools lost to Ireland by 13 runs
Barnard Castle, 9 August.
Ireland 244 (44 overs: E Clarke 68, L Bates 49, R O'Brien 34; A Thomas 3-37, T Hodgson 2-22)
Cleveland Schools 231/8 (50 overs: R Hill 77, H Carter 70, J Scholtz 21*; B Brolly 2-26, S Heaslett 2-36)
Luca Bates (49) and Ethan Clarke (68) added 72 for Ireland's 6th wicket. (JP)
Ireland's U15 squad share top spot in the Festival with Suffolk after a 13 run victory over previously unbeaten Cleveland. Ireland were bowled out leaving six overs unused and that nearly fact came back to haunt them as a late surge by Cleveland took them close. Ireland had posted what looked like enough with 244 thanks to half century partnerships between Ethan Clarke, firstly with Robert O'Brien and then with Luka Bates. In the Cleveland reply there were two wickets each for the North West pair of Bobby Brolly and Samuel Haslett before Aadi Wankhade took the wicket of top scorer Carter with the first ball of the final over, conceding only four runs to seal the win. Ireland face fellow table-toppers Suffolk on Thursday.
Western Rhinos lost to Ireland by 3 wickets
Barnard Castle, 8 August.
Western Rhinos 162 (46.1 overs; G van der Westhuizen 66, R Ward 27; James West 4-22, Sam Haslett 3-34, Luka Bates 2-18)
Ireland 163-7 (43 overs; Dan Murray 70*; Ethan Marshall 19, Lukas McKeown 21*, A Wijeyeratne 2-28, H Kirsop 2-18)
Ireland batting hero Dan Murray (JP)
An unbeaten 70 from Dan Murray rescued Ireland, who at one stage Ireland were 36 for 6 chasing 163. He found willing partners in Ethan Marshall, who added 65 for the 7th wicket, and an unbroken 62 for the 8th with Lukas McKeown (21*). James West (4-22) and Sam Haslett (3-34) were once again among the wickets as the Western Rhinos were bowled out for 162 - two wickets also for Luka Bates. Ireland are back in action on Wednesday when they play Cleveland Schools.
Ireland beat Netherlands by 4 wickets
Barnard Castle, 7 August.
Netherlands 123 (49.1 overs; Shirsak Banerjee 31, Sam Haslett 3-14, Bobby Brolly 2-9, James West 2-17)
Ireland 124-6 (33.2 overs; Brian Dunphy 50; Sam van Giezen 3-17)
Ireland Under 15s (JP)
Ireland Under 15s kicked off their tournament at Barnard Castle with a four wickets win over The Netherlands. It was yet again a case of 'spin to win' with Bonds Glen's Sam Haslett Haslett taking three wickets, while there were two apiece for Ardmore's Bobby Brolly and CSNI's James West. Shirshak Banerjee's 31 was the best of the Oranje's 123 all out in the 50th over. Balbriggan opener Brian Dunphy hit a 50 from 67 balls (6 fours, 1 six) to ensure the Irish won despite an excellent spell from Sam van Giezen (3-17). Bruce Whaley (16), Ethan Marshall (14) and Ethan Clarke (14*) made double figures as the Irish made it more difficult for themselves than it might have been. Next up for them on Tuesday is a clash with Western Rhinos.
Boys Under 17 Interprovincials 2023
North West beat NCU by 6 wickets
Beechgrove, 24 August.
NCU 118/5 (20 overs; J Keates 41*, J Snell 40)
North West 120/4 (17.4 overs; S McGowan 45*, C Simpson 20, L McElwee 19; J Snell 2-16)
Stephen McGowan's powerful unbeaten 45 steered the North West to a six-wicket in their T20 clash with the NCU at Beechgrove. Chasing 119, the hosts looked to be struggling to keep up with the required rate until the arrival of McGowan. The Bonds Glen player hit 5 sixes and two fours to seal the win in the 18th over. Jack Snell (2-16) was the best of the NCU attack, and he also made 40 in their 118 for 5 - sharing a half century stand with Jude Keates (41*). The teams are due to play two games on Friday, also at Beechgrove.
North West lost to Leinster by 54 runs (DLS)
Beechgrove, 15 August.
Leinster 257/8 (40 overs; B Thomson 74, A John 68, R Smith 26; A Qayyum 2-35, A Cooke 2-56)
North West 160/8 (32 overs; J Smallwoods 41, S McGowan 25; A Olaganathan 4-35, C Woods 2-33) (Target 215 in 32 overs.)
A third wicket stand of 103 in 12 overs between the Phoenix pair of Ben Thomson and Andrew John helped Leinster U17s to a 2-0 series win over the North West at Beechgrove. Top-scorer Thomson hit five boundaries in his 74, also sharing a second wicket stand of 52 with Terenure's Ryan Smith (26). John's 68 came from only 44 balls (4 fours, 2 sixes) helping the young Dubliners post 257 for 8 in their 40 overs. Abdul Qayyum and Aaron Cooke took two wickets apiece for the young Warriors. Rain meant an adjusted target of 215 in 32 overs, but they never threatened despite 41 from James Smallwoods and Stephen McGowan's 25, that included three sixes. A final total of 160 for 8 saw four wickets for Arvind Olaganathan of Adamstown and two for Clontarf's Conall Woods, who enjoyed a successful two days. The focus now switches to Under 13 level with a festival being held in the North West this week.
North West lost to Leinster by 1 wicket
Beechgrove, 14 August.
North West 184 (44.4 overs; J McIvor 47*, J Montgomery 31, J Smallwoods 26, M Collum 24; F Manoj 2-15, A Nawabzai 2-21, A Olaganathan 2-24, C Woods 2-28)
Leinster 185-9 (44.5 overs; B Thomson 32, C Woods 25*, F Manoj 23, J Bell 2-15, A Cooke 2-21)
The winning Leinster squad (CricketEurope)
Leinster U17s clinched a dramatic one-wicket win over the North West in the first game of their two-match Challenge Series at Beechgrove. Clontarf's Conall Woods was the hero, coming it at number 10 with 38 still needed, making an unbeaten 25 to seal victory off the penultimate ball of the 45 overs game. James Bell and Aaron Cooke took two wickets apiece for the home side, but Davy Scanlon's side will reflect on the concession of 46 extras - including 32 wides and 2 no-balls. Newbuildings Jack McIvor top scored for the hosts with an unbeaten 47, while Jake Montgomery made 31, building on an opening stand of 55 between James Smallwoods (26) and Matthew Collum (24). For Leinster there were two wickets apiece for Fabin Manoj, Abdullah Nawabzai, Arvind Olaganathan, and Conall Woods. The sides meet again on Tuesday at the same venue.
Leinster beat North West by 5 wickets
Stormont, 7 July.
North West 142 (47.4 overs; Matthew Collum 25, James Smallwoods 22; Matthew Weldon 2-7, Olly Riley 2-25, Seb Dijkstra 2-28, Liam Gilhooly 2-40)
Leinster 143/5 (28.4 overs; Aaron Doyle 40, Macdara Cosgrave 33. Hassan Shahid 21. James Sugrue 20*; Gavin Roulston 4-14)
Leinster captain Macdara Cosgrave with the trophy (CricketEurope)
Leinster clinched the Under 17 youth interpro title with a 5-wicket win over the North West in a week that was blighted by bad weather. The Junior Warriors found the going tough and struggled to 142, with Bready's Matthew Collum top-scoring with a patient 25, while James Smallwoods made 22. There were two early blows for the NW - one copped Charlie Simpson on the helmet forcing him to retire hurt with concussion, and the other the loss of their talisman Gavin Roulston for a single. There were two wickets apiece for Matthew Weldon, Olly Riley, Seb Dijkstra, and Liam Gilhooly. Leinster lost Srihan Karpe to Charlie Downey early in the chase, but a second wicket stand of 62 in just 7 overs took the young Dubliners past the halfway mark of the chase. Doyle hit 7 fours in a top-score of 40 from just 30 deliveries, while skipper Macdara Cosgrave stroked six boundaries in his 33. Their charge was halted by an excellent spell from Gavin Roulston (4-14), but the result was never really in any doubt. Hassan Shahid (21) and James Sugrue (20*) sealing victory for Brian O'Rourke's and Fintan McAllister's side.
NCU beat Munster by 132 runs
Stormont, 7 July.
NCU 310-8 (50 overs; Harry Dyer 100 ret, Sam McMillan 59, Mark Hanna 27, John Speers 20, Adam Leckey 20; I Ashan 2-24, K Kumar 2-40)
Munster 178 (50 overs; Mudit Thakur 50, Ryan Nolan 30, Alistair Watt 3-23, Angus Farrell 2-16, Ollie Dyer 2-24, Alex Armstrong 2-38)
Centurion Harry Dyer (CricketEurope)
Harry Dyer ensured the NCU finished the Under 17 interprovincial series on a winning note as his unbeaten century helped the hosts to a 132-run win over Munster at his home ground of Stormont. Th Junior Knights captain hit 12 fours and cleared the ropes once in his 100 off 101 balls before retiring. He shared a second wicket stand of 118 with Sam McMillan, who hit 8 fours in his 59. There were runs too for Mark Hanna (27), John Speers (20) and Adam Leckey (20) in a final total of 310 for 8. Munster battled bravely in reply, before being dismissed off the final ball for 178. Mudit Thakur top-scored with a half century, while Ryan Nolan made 30. Alistair Watt took three wickets, while there were two apiece for Angus Farrell, Ollie Dyer, and Alex Armstrong.
Leinster v North West - no result
Stormont, 6 July.
Leinster 175 (44.4 overs. H Shahid 40, A Doyle 20, S Karpe 20, J McIvor 3-15, C Downey 2-15, J Montgomery 2-20)
North West
NCU beat Munster by 7 wickets
Stormont, 6 July.
Munster 65 (27.3 overs, J Snell 4-11, H Dyer 3-8, J West 2-14)
NCU 66-3 (8 overs, R Hunter 36 *, Kanishk Kumar 2-24)
NCU lost to Leinster by 40 runs (DLS)
Stormont, 4 July.
NCU 123 (39.5 overs: A Leckey 51, S Karpe 4-21, O Riley 3-23)
Leinster 78-1 (22.4 overs: J Sugrue 26* M Cosgrove 22*) (Rain ended match when LCU 78-1. Par score 38 in 22.4 overs)
North West beat Munster by 100 runs (DLS)
Stormont, 4 July.
North West 323-5 (50 overs: G Roulston 152, L McElwee 104*; Kanishk Kumar 2-69)
Munster 76-8 (21.4 overs: R Nolan 25; Abdul Qaayum 3-3, S Haslett 3-16, J Montgomery 2-9) (Match ended by rain. Par score at 21.4 overs 176.)
The two centurions (CricketEurope)
North West v NCU
Bready, 30 June.
North West
NCU
Munster lost to Leinster by 8 wickets
Mardyke, 27 June.
Munster 144 (49.1 overs: M Thakur 35, K Kumar 33; L Gilhooly 4-19, S Karpe 3-25)
Leinster 145-2 (30.1 overs: M Cosgrave 63*)
Boys Under 15 Interprovincials 2023
3rd-4th playoff: Munster lost to North West by 6 wickets
Stormont Lower, 13 July.
Munster 118 (36.2 overs, Ayan Ullah 33, Mark Donnelly 24, P Goud 3-18, S Jha 2-9)
North West 121-4 (19 overs, B Brolly 43, J Smallwoods 40)
Final: NCU lost to Leinster by 80 runs
Stormont Main, 13 July.
Leinster 317-8 (50 overs, R O'Brien 105, B Whaley 73, E Clarke 36, B Dunphy 26, L Bates 3-27, J West 2-60),
NCU 237 (44.4 overs, S Yeates 67, M Bates 60, L Bates 24, P Komati 3-18, J Geore 3-55, B Whaley 2-47)
Successful Leinster U15 squad
NCU v Munster - no result.
Carrickfergus, 11 July.
NCU
Munster
Match abandoned without a ball bowled.
North West v Leinster- no result.
Belmont, Belfast, 11 July.
North West
Leinster
Match abandoned without a ball bowled.
North West beat Munster by 8 wickets (DLS)
Belmont, Belfast, 10 July.
Munster 99 (30 overs , Ayan Ullah 45 *, L Campbell 3-12)
North West 103-2 (11.4 overs Samuel Haslett 36*, B Brolly 29 (Target 103 in 30 overs)
NCU v Leinster - no result
Carrickfergus, 10 July.
NCU
Leinster
Match abandoned without a ball bowled - no toss
North West beat NCU by 6 wickets
The Rectory, 3 July.
NCU 129-8 (20 oivers, R Webster 25, J Wright 24 *, S Hamilton 2-14)
North West 129-8 (19.1 overs, J Cooke 35 M Bhavsar 23*)
North West lost to NCU by 44 runs
Beechgrove, 3 July.
NCU 195 (46.3 overs: Aadi Maini 52, Seb Yeates 37, James West 37, Lucas McKeown 30; Lewis Campbell 3-34, Swarnim Jha 2-29, Bobby Brolly 2-42)
North West 151 (40.1 overs: James Smallwoods 33; James West 4-28, Ben Walsh 3-40)
NCU Under 15s (CricketEurope)
The NCU started their Under 15 campaign with a 44-run win over hosts North West at Beechgrove. Batting first the Junior Knights got off to a strong start as CIYMS batter Aadi Mani hit four boundaries in his 52 - sharing stands of 51 for the second wicket with Seb Yeates and 42 for the third with skipper James West, both of whom made 37. There were runs too for talented Holywood youngster Lucas McKeown (30), but from 120 for 2, they faltered to 195 all out. There were three wickets for Lewis Campbell and two apiece for Swarnim Jha and Bobby Brolly. James Smallwoods top-scored for the hosts with 33, but they fell 44 short with the spin duo of James West (4-28) and Instonians' Ben Walsh (3-40) doing the bulk of the damage.
Munster lost to Leinster by 502 runs
Farmer's Cross, 27 June.
Leinster 553 (49.5 overs: B Dunphy 100, E Clarke 100, B Whaley 50, R O'Brien 101, E Marshall 46; M Donnelly 3-113, A Brokenshire 2-68)
Munster 51 (16.4 overs: A Wankhade 5-11, E Marshall 2-3)
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