England in pole position as rain interrupts U-13 World Cup
Only a handful of games were possible on Day Three of the NW under-13 World Cup on Wednesday as heavy overnight rain rendered several of the venues unplayable.
Visitors Isle of Man fared best- they were the only side to get two matches in, although they did lose their unbeaten record in the second of those in the afternoon to Australia (Donemana).
Suyesh Kumar top scored with 35* as West Indies (Bready) posted 74-2 in their 10 overs in the first game of the day.
Dylan Howard replied with 39* however as the Islanders passed the target comfortably to win by 7 wickets.
A win later in the day would have sent the Isle of Man top of the table, however they found the Aussies a tougher nut to crack.
Ryan McClintock is certainly enjoying his tournament and he proved to be a thorn in the visitors’ side- firstly making 35* in a 10-over total of 108-2, and then taking 4-19 as the reply closed on 70-8.
Roy McGerrigle (29) and Ollie Britton (18*) were also among the runs for the Donemana-based side who moved into second place behind England, whom they meet in Thursday’s final group game.
The Newbuildings team retained their unbeaten start with a comfortable win over The Netherlands at the Rectory.
Lewis Pearson made 25 and Adam Allen 19 as England set a target of 72-3 from their 10 overs, but the home side couldn’t get going against some tight bowling and were all out for 37 in reply.
New Zealand (Eglinton) have really grown into the tournament too and they moved up to fourth with a win over South Africa (Fox Lodge).
The runs were shared among the Kiwis top order as they scored 59-3 from their 10 overs- Ben Heywood picking up 2-7 for the bowling side.
The Ballymagorry boys battled hard but fell 15 runs short in reply as New Zealand claimed the points.
It certain all makes for an interesting Thursday so long as the weather plays ball- the final round of group games are scheduled for the morning with the knockout phase getting underway in the afternoon.
THE U-13 WORLD CUP TABLE AS IT STANDS-