Scotland defeat Jersey to clinch title

Scotland 208 (Cross 33, Perchard 3-54) beat Jersey 99 (Bisson 32, Sadler 4-22) by 109 runs

Scotland clinched the 2010 European Under-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier with a convincing allround team display which saw them beat Jersey by 109 runs at Stormont.

Batting first, wicketkeeper Matthew Cross (33), Aman Bailwal (28), Peter Legget (26), Anjan Luthra (21), Sam Page (21), and Tom McBride (20) were the top scorers as they batted with purpose and intent, safe in the knowledge that it would have taken something extraordinary for Jersey to overhaul them, given their vastly superior run rate.

Jersey's fielding and catching has been a feature of their play all week, but today half chances went to ground, and tiredness crept in as the effects of five games in seven days took their toll on the young island side. Charles Perchard (3 for 54), Aidan McGuire (2 for 26), James Faudemer (2 for 30) and Ben Stevens (1 for 23) were best with the ball for Jersey as Scotland finished on 208 all out in 49.5 overs.

The Jersey reply got off to a disastrous start when pinch-hitter William Falle was run out before the lunch break. Scotland captain Paddy Sadler's impressive tournament continued as he bowled with great pace and control to finish with the impressive analysis of 4 for 22. Fellow opening bowler Stan Shillington (2 for 17) was also among the wickets, as were Scott McElnea (1 for 5), Aman Bailwal (1 for 18), and Peter Legget (1 for 34).

Corey Bisson provided the only real semblance of resistance for Jersey in a fluent and entertaining 32. In the end Jersey were dismissed for 99 in 40.3 overs, leaving Scotland victors by 109 runs and worthy champions.

Ireland 238 (Getkate 47, van den Brandeler 4-30) beat Netherlands 156 (van den Burg 36, Dockrell 5-34) by 82 runs

Ireland made sure of second place and a vital Under-19 World Cup Qualifier place when they beat Netherlands by 82 runs at Waringstown.

Batting first, Ireland posted a competitive 238 all out. They lost Jason van der Merwe and Adam Berry early, before the Donemana pairing of Andy McBrine (34) and Ryan Hunter (28) started a recovery. However when they and George Dockrell fell in quick succession, the game was in the balance at 91 for 5.

However Shane Getkate (47) and his Malahide team mate Adam Coughlan (40) added 69 for the sixth wicket, to put Ireland back in control. Graeme McCarter provided some late fireworks as he hit 46 from just 40 balls to take Ireland to 238 in 46 overs. Philip van der Brandeler (4 for 30), Sebastiaan Braat (2 for 40), and Robert van der Harten (2 for 55) were the most successful with the ball for the Dutch.

In reply, James Gruijters (29) continued his consistent batting form this week, and opener Sverre Loggers (20) gave his side a decent platform. However Barry McCarthy (2 for 21) and Getkate (2 for 39) both made sure wickets fell at regular intervals.

It was the introduction of Dockrell which proved the downfall for the Netherlands, as the left-arm spinner showed just why he is so highly rated in cricketing circles. He finished with 5 for 34 as the Dutch finished on 156 all out in 38.4 overs. Ireland's 82 run win confirmed their second place in the group, and they now go into the World Cup Qualifiers, hoping to reclaim the title they won last year in Canada.

Guernsey 140 for 6 beat Denmark 139 by four wickets

Guernsey won the battle of the bottom two teams when they inflicted a six-wicket defeat upon Denmark at the picturesque Laurevale ground.

Batting first Denmark rallied from a precarious 58 for 6 to post a respectable 139 all out in 43.3 overs. The batting honours went to wicket-keeper Vijayasai Sasitharan who top scored with an undefeated 28. The Danish total was boosted by 23 extras. In the bowling department, Dale Mullen (3 for 30), Guy Batiste (2 for 4), Thomas Kirk (2 for 28), Andrew Hutchinson (2 for 34), and Glenn Le Tissier (1 for 12) were the wicket-takers for Guernsey.

Chasing the modest total, Guernsey were given a perfect start when Adam Martel (21) and Isaac Damarell added fifty for the first wicket. Thomas Kirk made 28 from 30 balls, while Glen Le Tissier blasted 19 not out from 11 balls. It was Damarell who did the real damage, though, as he recorded a superb unbeaten 57 from just 63 balls to steer Guernsey to the win with six wickets and 24.3 overs to spare.