Monday 20 November 2017

Cricket: Young shines on Ireland debut

Kevin O'Brien: took two wickets
Kevin O'Brien: took two wickets

CRAIG Young starred on his debut for Ireland, taking 4-53 as Scotland were bowled out for 138 on day 1 of their InterContinental Cup clash at Clontarf.

Conditions were perfect for Ireland's next generation of seam bowlers at the start of this four-day contest as Gloucestershire's Graeme McCarter also impressed with 3-13 from 12 overs.

Ireland replied strongly with 35-0 in the final half hour and require a further 104 to take the first innings points and end the visitors' slim hopes of reaching the IC Cup final, to be played in Dubai in December.

The morning session was lost to rain, but, when play got under way under grey skies, Scotland were soon in trouble, with Max Sorensen striking the stumps in his second over and Young claiming his first wicket for Ireland soon after.

Young, a former U-19 bowler who is on the books of Sussex, then produced the delivery of the day as his late swing bowled Scottish captain and dangerman Peter Mommsen for seven.

Kevin O'Brien celebrated his 200th cap for Ireland with two wickets and a superb slip catch to remove Majid Haq as Scotland slipped to 68-7.

The visitors' tail wagged, but, after Young had top scorer Safyaan Sharif caught behind for 41, the inadequacy of their total was underlined by Ireland skipper William Porterfield striking five boundaries in his 23 not out.

If Porterfield can lead Ireland to a first innings lead, it will ensure that his team meet holders Afghanistan in the IC Cup final.

Meanwhile, England must win the final two matches in Cardiff and Southampton to prevail in their one-day series with Australia, after rain prevented a result at Edgbaston.

The hosts trail 1-0 after defeat at Old Trafford and a washed-out opener in Leeds, in the five-match one-day international series.

Only 15.1 overs were possible in Birmingham – where England stumbled to 59-3 – before bad weather set in yesterday afternoon and then prevented any further play in the scheduled day-night fixture.

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