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Jack Dickson stars as Ireland Under-19s bounce back with victory over Jersey at world cup qualifiers

Tim Tector
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Instonians’ Jack Dickson hit an unbeaten century as Ireland Under-19s men’s team bounced back from Sunday’s defeat to beat Jersey today at the ICC Under-19s World Cup European Qualifier.

Jersey won the toss and elected to bowl first, but Ireland opener Nathan McGuire sought to take the initiative early playing a range of aggressive shots - his quickfire 25 off 21 balls helped to settle any nerves in the team and laid a positive platform for the innings ahead.

Dickson settled in to anchor the innings, and despite the loss of captain Tim Tector for 25, the Irish batting appeared to look far more solid than during the loss to Netherlands two days ago. Philippe le Roux joined Dickson and the pair put on 85-runs for the fourth wicket, before le Roux fell in the 43rd over for a well-made 43 off 68 balls.

Opener Dickson pushed on to his century off 124 balls with the support of Scott Macbeth (22) and Ireland finished their innings on 246-5.   

In response, Jersey began tentatively, and were soon on the backfoot losing two wickets in the 4th over off the bowling of Liam Doherty (2-34).

Jersey recovered well through the middle overs with Patrick Gouge (55) and Asa Tribe (62) combining for a 111-run stand, until a great piece of work by Joshua Cox in the field managed to run out Gouge. Needing 8 runs-per-over from the last 15 overs to win, Jersey was stymied by the dismissal of Tribe, trapped LBW by McGuire – the dismissal sparking a middle-order collapse with Jersey losing 5-23 over the next seven overs. McGuire impressed with the ball, claiming 3-34, while North Kildare’s Muzamil Sherzad helped to stem the run flow with 1-34.

Jersey eventually finished on 206-9, falling short by 40 runs.

The victory moves Ireland to second place on the Qualifier group table, ahead of the Netherlands on net run rate. The Irish team are back in action tomorrow against leaders Scotland.

MATCH SUMMARY   

Ireland U19’s v Jersey U19’s, ICC U19 World Cup Europe Qualifier, Desert Springs, 22 September 2021  

Ireland Under-19s 246-5 (50 overs; J Dickson 103*, le Roux 43; T Britton 1-21, C Brennan 2-23)

Jersey Under-19s 206-9 (50 overs: P Gouge 55, A Tribe 62; N McGuire 3-34, L Doherty 2-34)  

Ireland Under-19s won by 40 runs   

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