Ireland youngsters lose to South Africa

Adam Dennison
Adam Dennison

Ireland’s U19 cricketers slipped to an eight wicket loss to South Africa in their 9th place quarter-final play-off at Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.

Wicket-keeper batsman Lorcan Tucker continued his consistent form in the tournament, top scoring with an unbeaten 77 in a modest Irish total of 185 for 7.

The Pembroke teenager helping the Irish recover from a precarious 71 for 5.

His brother Fiachra was second highest score with 20, but despite starts from top order batters Jack Tector (18), Adam Dennison (16), and William McClintock (14), none was able to kick on and make a significant contribution.

Ireland were never really in contention against a strong South African side.

Chasing 186, the Africans broke the back of the chase with an opening stand of 104 between Kyle Verreynne and Liam Smith.

Smith was trapped lbw by Fiachra Tucker (1-53) , but Wiaan Mulder joined Verreynne in another significant stand of 62 to take South Africa to the brink of victory.

Verreynne had reached 77 from 109 balls (7 fours, 1 six) before being well caught by Tom Stanton off the bowling of Adan Dennison (1-27).

Mulder’s undefeated 43 guided SA safely home.