McBrine blasts century as Ireland cruise past minnows
ANDY McBRINE scored Ireland's first century of the U-19 World Cup qualifiers yesterday as the tournament favourites eased past minnows Vanuatu by 165 runs at Coleraine.
Pushed up to No 3 after two half-centuries down the order, McBrine took full advantage against the makeweights of the 10-nation round-robin with 107 not out from 104 balls, including 12 fours.
Skipper George Dockrell hit the same number of boundaries in his 69, and with openers Hugh MacDonnell and Jason van der Merwe also making solid contributions, Ireland charged to 313-9 from their 50 overs.
McBrine, who is part of a local cricketing dynasty at Donemana in the north-west, then showed his all-round abilities with a couple of wickets to secure the man-of-the-match award as Vanuatu were restricted to 148-9 in reply.
Dockrell's left-arm spin proved far too much of a puzzle for the Pacific islanders as he took 2for 16 from 10 overs, and Shane Getkate also claimed a couple of wickets in his first bowl of the tournament.
It is unlikely Getkate will get back to full pace in the competition as it is only six weeks since he collapsed and was hospitalised while playing for Warwickshire U-19s. However, he continues to play his part in getting Ireland to next July's finals in Queensland.
Against such weak opposition, Ireland's main objective was to improve their net run-rate, but the margin of victory was not quite enough to topple Scotland from the top of the table after the Scots thrashed the USA.
In the match of the round, Afghanistan beat Namibia by one wicket, with a four from the final ball at Limavady. Canada squeezed past Nepal's 106 all out with three wickets and 10 balls to spare at Bready.
Ireland's sixth match of nine in the round-robin is tomorrow against Canada in Limavady.
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