Ireland's under-19's suffered their second successive defeat in the World Cup group stages when losing against the hosts Australia by 6 wickets at Endeavour Park.

George Dockrell opted to take first use on winning the toss and Ryan Hunter and Robin Kelly gave their side a useful start with a 33-run stand before the latter became the first of Alex Gregory's three wickets.

Jason van der Merwe followed shortly afterwards without scoring before Hunter and his Donemana team-mate Andy McBrine took it to 60. The opener was in typically aggressive mood but paid the price having hit 3 fours and 2 sixes in his 31 and things slowed up considerably after that.

McBrine was out for 15 while Shane Getkate and Tyrone Kane added 16 and 21 respectively. Gregory bowled very well at the head of the attack picking up those 3 wickets and conceding just 13 runs from his 8 overs while Shane Cassell weighed in with 3 for 24 and Gurinder Sandhu 2 for 35 as Ireland were eventually bowled out for 129 that took nearly 43 overs.

To be fair the hosts didn't find any real fluency in their reply either as Dockrell (1 for 10 from 10 overs) and McBrine (1 for 20 from 8) lead the line very well. Meyrick Buchanan hit 4 fours in his 21 while Travis Head added a thoroughly entertaining 25 made up of 3 fours, 2 sixes and a single but it was an unbroken 59-run stand between William Bosisto and Sam Hain that was to see the Aussies over the winning line.

The former top scored with an unbeaten 36 that included 6 fours while Hain had 26 when the end came, Kane and Graeme McCarter the other Irish wicket-takers.