It was another day dominated by the bowlers in the 2018 U19 World Cup Qualifier – Europe.
Jersey v Scotland
Jersey chose to bat on a sunny morning at Grainville, hoping to post a decent score against a strong Scottish attack. Things did not go as planned, as the first three wickets fell in the first six overs. All Scottish bowlers struck, with Player of the Match Oliver Brown (3/12 off 6) and Haroon Tahir (3/9 off 6) picking up the lion’s share of the wickets.
Jersey fought hard in the field, taking early wickets as the Scottish batters were looking to end the match early to boost their NRR. A spectacular catch at gully to dismiss John Oliver for 2 with just 27 on the board boosted the morale of the young squad. The Scottish win turned out to be inevitable, with a steady knock from Finlay McCreath (12*) and Rory Johnston (15*) pushing them past the Jersey total of 58.
Ireland v Denmark
Ireland were looking to improve on yesterday’s efforts with the bat, posting the first 100 runs within 20 overs. Jamie Grassi top scoring for the Irish with 45 runs. Trouble in the middle order stifled the innings somewhat. Robert Kelly (41) managed a late recovery and brought the innings from a precarious 166/7 to a more solid 223/8. Jonathan Garth (21*) and Varun Chopra (15*) ensured the Irish got to a defendable total of 245/8.
The Danish reply got off to a slow, but steady start. The partnership for the second wicket between Jonas Henriksen (52) and S Thanikaithasan (41) put the Danes into a good position to chase the total. It was the bowling of Graham Kennedy (5-17) that halted the Danish pursuit. Losing their second wicket with the score on 122, the Danish batters replaced each other in quick succession and their innings finished in the 41st over with the score on 160.
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