Ireland v Scotland, Intercontinental Cup, Dublin, 1st day September 11, 2013

Young shines on Ireland debut

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland 35 for 0 trail Scotland 138 (Sharif 41, Young 4-53, McCarter 3-13) by 103 runs

Craig Young made an impressive debut for Ireland, claiming 4 for 53 against Scotland, as they took control of their Intercontinental Cup meeting at Clontarf.

Ireland's seamers combined to remove the visitors for 138 after putting them into bat following a delayed start and were able to round off the day on a strong note with the openers reaching 35 for 0 in reply. Ireland currently lead the table, 12 points clear of Afghanistan, and are now well placed to consolidate that advantage.

Without Tim Murtagh, who played the ODI against England and one of the 50-over matches against Scotland, where Ireland secured the World Cricket League Championship, the coach Phil Simmons needed to delve into his bench strength for this four-day encounter and he will have been delighted with the outcome.

Young, 23, opened his tally in his third over when Freddie Coleman slashed to point, and by the end of his first spell had 3 for 28, having also accounted for Richie Berrington and Preston Mommsen who were both bowled by full deliveries.

Kevin O'Brien contributed two wickets, and sandwiched between them held the catch at second slip which accounted for Majid Haq.

At 68 for 7, three figures was looking out of reach for Scotland but the lower order rallied through a stand of 56 between Moneeb Iqbal and Safyaan Sharif. Graeme McCarter then struck twice in three deliveries (spread across two overs) before Young finished the innings with his fourth when he had Sharif was caught behind for 41.

In fading light, the closing overs should have been tricky for Ireland's openers, but William Porterfield and Paul Stirling were able to score at nearly six-an-over to round off a superb day for the home side.

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  • Dummy4 on September 12, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    In a mainstream Irish newspaper tonight, after a season ending, one sided day against another associate nation, in a competition that Ireland have already qualified for the final - there are two Irish cricket stories. One a day report on the action and another on Kevin OBriens 200th cap. 10,000 came to watch a one day game against England on a Tuesday - cricket is almost mainstream in Ireland if only the ICC would give it a nudge with a few more games ......

  • Dummy4 on September 12, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Fantastic to see in his post match interview that he had been so frustrated with injuries and couldn't see how he could make a breakthrough until this year when he played for the Northwest in the Irish first class system and then could plot what he needed to do, with professional trainers and how to get there. Ireland's first beneficiary of the new system - well done to cricket Ireland for getting it right off the field.

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    This seems to be the fate Ireland are confined to for the next few years. On their day they are just too strong for the rest of the associates but it needs to be a very special day for them to climb above that standard. The only way to progress higher will be if they can get more matches against Full members and their A teams. But today does prove that there are bowling talents coming through the ranks to keep up the standards set by Johnson and Rankin. It would be great if the touring teams to the UK could use Ireland for their some of their warm up games rather than some of the meaningless 12 and 13 players a side matches they play against the English counties. Australia started the trend this year lets hope that next years tourists make it into a tradition.

  • khali on September 11, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    England take note. Could be one of your guy in a couple of years!