England Colts annihilate Ireland in Cup opener

Published: Sunday, February 17, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: England handed their neighbours Ireland a humiliating 10-wicket defeat in their inaugural Group-D tie of ICC U-19 World Cup at Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lampur on Sunday.

Ireland sent in to bat was bundled out for 109 in 31.2 overs, courtesy some fine bowling from English new-ball bowlers Steve Finn (3/21) and Harris (3/40). England in reply chased down the target in 15.5 overs without losing wicket. Openers Taylor and Godleman  remained unconquered on 52 and 38 respectively.

Earlier Irish batsmen but for opener Chris Dougherty (34) failed to apply themselves on a batting wicket. Dougherty watched his middle order crumble around him. His innings included three fours and a six.
With no real batting authority present after Dougherty's dismissal, the runs slowed down. Finn, though, wasn't one to complain.
The bowler had a hat-trick chance in his eighth over and even though it didn't materialize, he ended with dazzling figures as the Irish were bowled out in the 32nd for 109.
England's opening pair of Billy Godleman (38 off 36 balls) and James Taylor (52 off 63 balls) reeled off from the first ball bowled and England never really looked back.

The English return to the Bayuemas Oval on Feb 19 to face Bermuda in their second mach while Ireland take on Bangla at the same venue on Feb 20.

Brief Scores:

Ireland 109 all out in 31.2 overs (Dougherty 34; Steven Finn 3 for 21, Harris 3 for 40, Westley 2 for 6, Woakes 2 for 24) lost to England  110/0 in 15.5 overs ( Taylor 52 n o, Godleman 38 n o) by 10 wickets.


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