Debutants pick up seven wickets between them as Scotland is bowled out for 138
Craig Young enjoyed a dream international debut claiming 4 for 53 as Ireland dominated the opening day of their Intercontinental Cup clash against Scotland at Clontarf on Wednesday (September 11).
Young, the 23 year-old speedster currently on the rolls of Sussex, tore through the Scottish top-order trio of Freddie Coleman, Richie Berrington and Preston Mommsen in an inspired spell. He then came back to have top scorer Safyaan Sharif caught behind as Scotland was all out for just 138 in 50.1 overs.
Young was one of four North West players in the Ireland team, the others being fellow debutant Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, and skipper William Porterfield.
McCarter, part of Gloucestershire, may not posses the raw speed of Young but he was certainly very accurate, conceding just 13 runs in a 12-over spell while taking the wickets of Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal and Iain Wardlaw.
The dismissal of Haq was the champagne moment of the day, brilliantly caught by a diving Kevin O'Brien – making his 200th appearance for Ireland – low down at second slip. O'Brien himself claimed 2 for 29 in an impressive Irish bowling display, albeit in helpful overcast conditions which prevailed for most of the day.
Sharif (41) and Iqbal (25) rescued the Scots from a precarious 68 for 7, adding 56 for the eighth wicket, but one expects a total of 138 won't be enough to secure the first innings points they require to keep alive their dreams of making another Intercontinental Cup final appearance.
Ireland openers Porterfield (23*) and Paul Stirling (11*) survived a potentially tricky six-over spell before the close – Porterfield being particularly savage on anything remotely loose, striking four boundaries.
Play on Day Two will start at 10am in an attempt to make up some of the time lost due to the rain.