Seamus Lynch made a record half century as Ireland Academy made it three wins from three with an emphatic seven wickets win over Hungary at the Cartama Oval in Spain.

The Terenure opener dubbed ‘La Machina/The Machine’ by the tournament organisers following his exploits last year continued in the same vein with a blistering unbeaten 51 off just ten balls.

His knock included seven sixes, three fours and a single as Pete Johnston’s side chased down their modest 95 target in just 4.3 overs.

Tim Tector cleared the ropes three times in his 23 from seven balls, while Liam Doherty (13) also made double figures.

YMCA’s teenage speedster Olly Riley (2-3) was the pick of the bowlers, getting the prize scalp of Derbyshire’s Leus Du Plooy for just a single – the South African having made a tournament record century the day before.

Ireland’s fielding was top quality, with Carson McCullough and a combination of Liam Doherty and Jared Wilson taking exceptional catches. Ireland lead the group going into their final group game later this evening when they play Finland.


Ireland produced another emphatic display to top the Group beating Finland by 66 runs.

The Irish once again mixed up their batting with skipper Sam Harbinson and John McNally getting an opportunity at the top of the order.

The duo took full advantage with an unbroken opening stand of 161 in ten overs. Merrion all-rounder Harbinson top scored with 81 from 35 balls (7 fours, 6 sixes), while Clontarf teenager McNally cleared the ropes seven times and clubbed four boundaries too in his 26-ball 69.

The Finns never threatened in the chase, with two wickets apiece for Carson McCullough and Scott Macbeth keeping them to 95 for 8.

There was also a wicket apiece for Tim Tector, John McNally, Gavin Hoey and Mike Frost.

Ireland will take on Hungary on Saturday, with the winners going to the final, while the loser will have another opportunity to make the decider playing the winner of the eliminator game.