First blood to Ireland in West Indies u-23 challenge

An Emerging Ireland side claimed the honours in the first of three 50-over matches due to be played against the West Indies under-23’s as the hosts posted a 6-wicket win at Eglinton on Tuesday.

Opener Leonardo Julien was in fantastic form as the visitors made a whirlwind start batting first; the Trinidadian belting 9 fours and 4 sixes in his 61-ball 82.

Wickets for Matthew Foster (2-29) and Tom Mayes (2-32) kept the Irish side well in touch however, before Carlon Bowen-Tuckett (41) and skipper Nyeen Young (25) ensured the young Windies went past the 200-mark.

Further wickets for Cade Carmichael (2-10) and Gavin Hoey (2-46) kept the batting side within touching distance in the latter stages as the innings closed on 224 all out.

Jake Egan (38) and Christopher De Freitas (25) gave Ireland a solid platform with a 60-run opening stand in reply before the gauntlet was picked up by Morgan Topping. The Northern Knights batsman hit 5 fours and 3 sixes in an unbeaten 66 as he and North West player Scott Macbeth (42) broke the back of the chase with a stand of 71.

The Brigade all-rounder bowled three tidy overs as well and clearly looks like he’s right at home in this type of arena.

In the end, the target was reached with three overs to spare and sets it up nicely for the next two matches in the series.

Those planning on attending those games should note that given the poor weather forecast for Thursday, that game has now been brought forward to tomorrow (Wednesday) with a 10.45 am start at Magheramason.

 

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