Crumbs of comfort in Plate for Irish

IRELAND’S young cricketers beat Namibia in the Plate competition of the U19 World Cup in Sri Lanka yesterday.

It was a fine win but came a little too late to make any meaningful impact on the competition.

Close defeats to England and New Zealand were the real opportunities to show the world that Ireland can be competitive against some of the better countries. However, that they did so well in those games (losing by four runs to England and by three wickets in a thriller against the Kiwis) will have impressed many established teams.

After winning the toss yesterday, Ireland skipper Eoin Morgan put Namibia into bat and soon had them in real trouble. Niall McDarby took the wicket of Keady Strauss early on, putting him near the top of the overall individual wicket-taking table with 12 so far.

After that the wickets kept tumbling with Waringstown spin twins, Gary Kidd and James Hall, cashing in. Kidd ended up with three wickets and Hall with a man-of-the-match-winning four - as Namibia slumped to 115 all out.

Only Louis van der Westhuizen (32) and Henno Prinsloo (33 not out) gave the Irish bowlers any trouble.

In reply, Ireland’s batters did a professional job and although they did lose four wickets in the chase, the result was never in doubt.

Fintan McAllister (23), Greg Thompson (26), Morgan (27) and David Rankin (27) played their role as Ireland won the match with six wickets and just over 20 overs to spare.

They play their final game in the tournament on Saturday against either Scotland or Uganda.

NAMIBIA: L van der Westhuizen b Hall 32, K Strauss c Kidd b McDarby 3, P Grov c McAllister b Kidd 0, D Botha b Kidd 0, N Scholtz b Keaveney 0, H Prinsloo not out 33, S Ackerman c Morgan b Kidd 5, E Steenkamp b Hall 16, M Olivier b Thompson 3, J Bandlow lbw Hall 1, F Marx lbw Hall 0.

Extras (1b, 1lb, 19w, 1nb) 22

Total (all out, 36.3 overs) 115 Fall: 25, 38, 41, 44, 59, 64, 96, 103, 113, 115

Bowling: Gill 5-0-16-0, McDarby 5-0-15-1, McKenna 1-0-7-0, Keaveney 4-0-9-1, Kidd 10-3-26-3, Hall 9.3-1-29-4, Thompson 2-0-11-1

IRELAND: G Thompson c Strauss b van der Westhuizen 26, F McAllister b van der Westhuizen 23, D Rankin lbw Scholtz 27, E Morgan c Marx b Olivier 27, G Wilson not out 6, A Poynter not out 0.

Extras: (1b, 1lb, 4w, 1nb) 7 Total (for 4, 29.2 overs) 116 Fall: 51, 52, 94, 115 DNB: J Hall, N McDarby, G McKenna, G Kidd, R Keaveney

Bowling: Marx 5-0-23-0, van der Westhuizen 10-2-30-2, Scholtz 10-0-43-1, Olivier 4.2-0-18-1

Ireland won by 6 wickets

Man of the match: James Hall (Ireland).

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