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Ireland U19s lose to South Africa
04 Feb 2016 11:11
Ireland's U19 cricketers slipped to an eight-wicket loss to South Africa in their World Cup ninth-place quarter-final play-off at Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.
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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.
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The Pembroke teenager struck seven fours and cleared the boundary ropes once in his 98-ball stay, helping the Irish recover from a precarious 71 for 5.
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His brother Fiachra notched the second highest score with 20, but despite starting with top-order batters Jack Tector [18], Adam Dennison [16], and William McClintock [14], the Irish weren't able to lay down a string foundation.
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Ireland gave first appearances in the competition to the Co Tyrone pair Andrew Austin and Aaron Gillespie, but they were never really in contention against a strong South African side.
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Chasing 186, the South Africans broke the back of the chase with an opening stand of 104 between Kyle Verreynne and Liam Smith.
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Smith was trapped lbw by Fiachra Tucker [1-53] one short of his half-century, but Wiaan Mulder joined Verreynne in another significant stand of 62 to take South Africa to the brink of victory.
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Man of the Match Verreynne had reached 77 from 109 balls [seven fours, one six] before being well caught by Tom Stanton off the bowling of Waringstown's Adan Dennison [1-27].
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Mulder's undefeated 43 guided South Africa safely home with 24 balls and eight wickets to spare.
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ICC U19 WORLD CUP Ninth-place play-off quarter-final
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IRELAND 185/7 [50 overs, L Tucker 77*, F Tucker 20, D Galiem 2-22, W Ludick 2-43]
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SOUTH AFRICA 187/2 [46 overs, K Verreynne 77, L Smith 49,W Mulder 43*, A Dennison 1-27, F Tucker 1-53]
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South Africa beat Ireland by eight wickets
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