Ireland U19 Series 37-41 - Games & Tours

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Ireland U19 Series 37-41 - Games & Tours

Postby KeepItCool » Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:22 am

Hi folks ...been a bit quiet of late but the first tour is now on us ...and here we are with a brand new thread and all :)

It looks like we’ll have a tough time this season ...we have a decent bunch of players to make up a first XI but the quality drops off quite sharply. Not too many relevant ingame talents, some sameness in spin bowling and a bit light on experience. On the positive side, fielding looks quite good and we have some gun players.

The good news is that we are well placed for WC qualification. The not so good - we need to promote from D3 in T20. Let’s see how it goes.

Squad for the first tour

Batsmen
Adam Finnegan (RHB)
Ciaran Dempsey (LHB)
Diarmuid Wilson (RHB, Accumulator)
Eoin Chapman (RHB)
Jake Donaghy (LHB, Skilled Power)
Robert O’Casey (LHB)

Keepers
Henry MacKenna (RHB)
Lorcan Chapman (RHB, Sturdy)

Seamers
Dion O’Callaghan (LM, Skilled Bowling)
Fionn Waters (RM, Seam Spec)
Jamie Brady (RF)
John O’Connor (RM AR, Finisher)
Marcas Kelly (RFM OBB)
Philip Hickey (LM, Bouncer)

Spinners
Benjamin Desmond (RFS, Finisher)
Gavin McKay (RFS, Accumulator)
Gerard Hughes (RWS)
Joshua O’Farrell (RFS)
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Re: Ireland U19 Series 37 - Games & Tours

Postby KeepItCool » Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:18 am

We started off by winning a hard fought game against the Aussies. Chasing 314 to win on windy, flat, we got home with four wickets and three deliveries to spare. An unbeaten 83 run partnership in 9 overs for the seventh wicket made sure that the good work of the bowlers and top order wasn’t in vain.

Dion O’Callaghan [3-58 and 46*(32)] was the star performer while Diarmuid Wilson, Adam Finnegan, Benjamin Desmond and Ciaran Dempsey also lent good support.

http://www.fromthepavilion.org/scorecar ... Id=4404572

Netherlands (highest MR in the group today) is up next on Overcast, Flat.
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Re: Ireland U19 Series 37 - Games & Tours

Postby RonnieG » Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:14 pm

Well done lads.

Once the RRR reached 9 I expected you to collapse but the boys brought it home.

Superb start to the week. :clap
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Re: Ireland U19 Series 37 - Games & Tours

Postby KeepItCool » Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:15 pm

Same pitch ..different result ...lost to Netherlands by 51 runs. We bowled first and the bowlers did reasonably well to restrict the Dutch to 324 after a strong start. The sole spinner we played was very expensive and may have proven to be the difference in the end ...but 325 gave us good shot on a Flat pitch. The batsmen kept us in the game till just after the 30 over mark but we lost wickets fairly quickly after that and finally fell short by a good margin.

Ciaran Dempsey was standout performer with 115 (116) but didn’t get much support from the other batsmen.

Canada is up next - Overcast, Crumbling conditions. A must win game, given the knock our NRR took today.

http://www.fromthepavilion.org/scorecar ... d=4404569#
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Re: Ireland U19 Series 37 - Games & Tours

Postby KeepItCool » Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:45 pm

Yet another bad loss - to Canada on Overcast Crumbling, leaves us with two must win games. Put in to bat, we got off to a horrible start and only some resistance by the middle and lower order took us to a total of 140. This was never going to be enough and Canada strolled through.

Ciaran Dempsey with yet another half century was the only performer of note.

England (top of the table) is up next on Overcast, Slow.
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Re: Ireland U19 Series 37 - Games & Tours

Postby KeepItCool » Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:16 am

Late post ...too disgusted to post after the game and then forgot :)

Our string of losses continued, going down to England by 5 wickets on a Slow pitch. Once again, we got a middling score but not enough for the bowlers to really come into it. Adam Finnegan was the only batsman to shine, with 70 odd runs, while O’Callaghan continues to contribute good runs down the order. Not good enough in the end.

So, it all boils down to a knock out game against SL to stay in Division 1 ...thankfully don’t have to bother with any NRR calculations.
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Re: Ireland U19 Series 37 - Games & Tours

Postby RonnieG » Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:12 am

Survival.

Well done lads. :party
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Re: Ireland U19 Series 37 - Games & Tours

Postby KeepItCool » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:12 pm

Hehe ...glad to be able to stick around in D1

We ended the tour as we started it ...a win against one of the relegating teams (Sri Lanka). It was a tough week and 4th spot is a fair reflection of where we stand.

Three players stood out: Ciaran Dempsey, Adam Finnegan and Dion O’Callaghan.

Ciaran Dempsey was the standout batsman across teams - four 50+ scores including a century. No one came close. Adam Finnegan also did well and ranks up there. Dion O’Callaghan was our most consistent bowler and finished with six wickets besides also chipping in with useful lower order runs in almost every game. Many others had the odd good performance but these three were at a different level.
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Re: Ireland U19 Series 37 - Games & Tours

Postby KeepItCool » Sat May 12, 2018 10:52 am

Mission T20 World Cup Qualification

Our very own Mission Impossible ...almost!

So, this is where we stand. We have generally had a tough time with the T20 format over the last few seasons. Having said that, we tried to tweak our approach a bit last season and managed to make it to the semis of the T20 WC without losing a game ...before losing to the eventual champions. So, there is hope and some belief.

Unfortunately, we start once again from Division 3 and, given that there are only two tours to rack up qualification points, we need to win many games and promote on the upcoming tour. It doesn't help that our squad is not as good this season ...but we play with what we have.

The T20 tour next week is therefore very crucial. We have drawn three Stickies and two Unevens - lack of ARs could hurt but I would still take these over batting beauties, which I find very difficult to set orders for.

The team is a mix of those who went on the YOD tour and a few new faces. Congratulations to Rory Cusack, Ronan O'Farrell, Ronan Ring, Ian Ervine and Declan Campbell, who are on their maiden tour. Cusack and Ring are very promising 18yos, so the experience will be handy next season as well

The touring squad is as follows:

Batsmen
Adam Finnegan (RHB)
Ciaran Dempsey (LHB)
Diarmuid Wilson (RHB) - Accumulator
Jack Donaghy (LHB)
Rory O'Farrell (RHB) - debut
Roy Cusack (LHB) - debut, 18yo

Bowlers
Benjamin Desmond (RFS) - Finisher
Declan Campbell (RFM) - OBB, debut
Dion O'Callaghan (LM)
Fiona Waters (RM) - Seam Specialist
Gavin Mckay (RFS) - Accumulator
James Brady (RF)
Marcas Kelley (RFM) - OBB
Philip Hickey (LM) - Bouncer
Ronan Ring (RF) - debut, 18yo

Keepers
Lorcan Chapman (RHB) - Sturdy
Henry MacKenna (RHB)
Ian Ervine (RHB) - Accumulator - debut

Hope for a good tour. Cheers
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Re: Ireland U19 Series 37 - Games & Tours

Postby KeepItCool » Mon May 14, 2018 6:07 am

Started off with a comfortable 8 wicket win over Bermuda on Sunny, Sticky. The first 10-12 overs were tough but the bowlers fought back well and batsmen got to the target without much trouble.

Ian Ervine (on debut) and Jack Donaghy were the standout batsmen. Jamie Brady and Marcas Kelly shone with the ball.

We are No.3 on NRR but it is all academic at the moment. We need to win as many as we can and promote in order to qualify for the next WC.
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Re: Ireland U19 Series 37 - Games & Tours

Postby KeepItCool » Tue May 15, 2018 11:20 am

Lost by xx runs to Scotland today. We conceded way too many runs for the conditions (Cloudy, Uneven). The batsmen made a good fist of chasing 158 ...worm was even till around the 18th over ...but could not match the Scots’ surge at the death.

18yo Ronan Ring had a decent debut while Kelly and Brady also did well with the ball. O’Farrell, the other debutant, top scored with the bat while there were useful contributions from Dempsey, Donaghy and Finnegan.

Need to win all three remaining games to promote and challenge for a WC spot.
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Re: Ireland U19 Series 37 - Games & Tours

Postby KeepItCool » Wed May 16, 2018 4:56 pm

We’ve already hit full house in terms of possible results on this tour. A tied game against Bangladesh puts us in 3rd place with two wins needed to promote. We put up 122/4 in Sunny, Sticky conditions and mounted a spirited defense before conceding 12 off the last over to give up two points. The last over itself was crazy - two midfields (both boundaries), one great fielding, one run out, one missed run out (tying run)!!!

MacKenna and Dempsey (again!) did a bulk of the scoring for us. All bowlers bowled well but special mention for debutant Declan Campbell, who ended with 3-22 in 4 overs despite the fielders messing up in his last over.
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Re: Ireland U19 Series 37 - Games & Tours

Postby KeepItCool » Thu May 17, 2018 9:06 am

A comprehensive win against West Indies keeps us on course for promotion though we need some help from the Scots too. Bowling first (Cloudy, Sticky), the boys struck early and never let the Windies recover, dismissing them for 77. We lost a couple of early wickets but then romped home by 6 wickets with quite a few overs in hand.

All bowlers did well, sharing the wickets among themselves. Finnegan and Dempsey (again!!) strung together a match winning partnership in the chase.

So the equation is clear: we need to beat Pakistan and hope Scotland beat Bermuda tomorrow. That would mean promotion.
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Re: Ireland U19 Series 37 - Games & Tours

Postby KeepItCool » Sat May 19, 2018 4:31 am

Another comfortable win against Pakistan but Bermuda beat Scotland to keep us at 3rd and in Division 3 for the next tour. That tie against Bangladesh really hurt us ...even a narrow win would’ve put us level on points and ahead on NRR vs No.2. We’ll probably need to win all T20 games next season and hope for some luck in order to qualify for the WC. We’ll try our best.

Meanwhile the game was quite easy for most part. Pakistan scored 141/5 on Windy, Uneven and we were not quite sure what to make of it ...but the chase was clinical all along ...rarely seemed at risk of losing. Kelly was the standout bowler with a 3-fer and each of the top 4 batsmen contributed in an 8 wicket win. No prizes for guessing our top scorer - Dempsey made light of playing his fifth consecutive game and ended with an unbeaten 40 odd.
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Re: Ireland U19 Series 37 - Games & Tours

Postby KeepItCool » Mon May 28, 2018 3:43 pm

Second OD tour starts today with a game against the strong Dutch side. On vacation, so may not be able to post regular updates ...but look forward to getting some good games under the belt before the WC.

We somehow ended up picking only 17 players - essentially a lot of debate over whether the last spot should be for a bowler or batsman..and then everyone thought the other had picked the last man!!! Anyway, hopefully we’ll cope.
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