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10 February 201615:46 By Manoj Narayan, Cox's Bazar

Ireland U19 finishes 13th with commanding win

Tucker and William McClintock star with bat before Tector’s four-for sets up 95-run victory over Scotland U19

Ireland U19 finishes 13th with commanding win - Cricket News

Ireland posted 235 for 7, thanks to the fifth-wicket stand of 107 between Lorcan Tucker and William McClintock, before Harry Tector’s 4 for 28 helped bowl Neil Flack’s side out for 140.

In the end, the clash for the 13th place in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016, which started promisingly enough, petered out into another one-sided encounter in the Plate Championship. Ireland Under-19 comfortably saw off Scotland Under-19 by 95 runs, putting in an all-round performance that Scotland just didn’t have answers to.

Ireland posted 235 for 7, thanks to the fifth-wicket stand of 107 between Lorcan Tucker and William McClintock, before Harry Tector’s 4 for 28 helped bowl Neil Flack’s side out for 140 at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday (February 10). Ireland thus finished 13th, one place above Scotland, in the 16-team tournament.

Scotland would have hoped for a flurry of early wickets when opting to bowl in heavily overcast conditions, but found Ireland a determined lot. The Irish batsmen didn’t quite shoot off the blocks, but instead hung around and put on mini partnerships that frustrated the bowlers – a rare sight in the Plate Championship so far. Thereafter, once Lorcan and William got together, they accelerated to post a daunting total. It was excellent innings construction.

It took ten overs for the first wicket to fall when Jack Trector, the captain, was stumped off Ryan Brown, the off-spinner. Stephen Doheny, his opening partner, carried on to add 19 and 34 with Adam Gillespie and Gary McClintock respectively before becoming the first victim of Mohammad Ghaffar, the medium-pacer, for a 70-ball 45. When Gary McClintock was stumped off Haris Aslma, the leg-spinner, Ireland was reduced to 118 for 4.

But the little momentum that Scotland had built till then was extinguished when Lorcan and William McClintock joined forces. On paper, the two made for perfect allies. Lorcan was agile and nimble, working the gaps and rotating strike. William was more the muscleman, preferring to dish out the aerial-route treatment to the bowlers. He hammered sixes off Finlay McGreath, Flack and Brown, and with each hit, the Scotland fielders’ shoulders drooped. All the while, Lorcan prodded the ones and twos.

Their acceleration, particularly at the death, took the total well past the 200-mark, as both of them completed their half-centuries. Their enterprise eventually led to their dismissals, though. William holed out off Ghaffar after a brilliant 45-ball 69, which took the game out of Scotland’s reach, and three balls later, Lorcan followed suit for a 72-ball 59, his knock including just two boundaries.

For Scotland to have any chance, it would have needed to approach its innings the way Ireland did, with caution initially before launching a late assault. However, it struggled to stitch together partnerships. Flack and Azeem Dar, the openers, attempted to dig in and keep the scoreboard ticking, but they didn’t have the composure. Rory Anders claimed the opening wicket when he had Flack chipping one straight to mid-on – his 26-ball 19 was the highest score of the innings.

The wicket set the tone for the rest of the essay. Tector proved too much for the batsmen to handle, inducing edges and miscues with his off-spin to claim a four-wicket haul. Dar (39-ball 17), Johnston (38-ball 19) and McGreath (48-ball 15) all attempted to knuckle down and grind their way out, but they too succumbed to instinct, and Scotland was soon put out of its misery.