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.