|European Under 19 (World Cup Qualifier) Championship: Belfast, July 2010|
Scotland stay on course to record clean sweep
Scotland stayed very much on course to claim the Under 19 European Championships when they brushed aside the challenge of Guernsey to record a nine wicket win at Lurgan.
Having won the toss and decided to bat first, Guernsey were soon regretting it as they struggled to cope with the highly impressive Scottish new ball pairing of Paddy Sadler (2-15), and Stan Shillington (1-17).
Aman Bailwal (1-18) removed the dangerous Thomas Kirk, before medium pacer Peter Legget caused all sorts of problems with his extra height.
Legget got movement through the air and off the pitch to finish with the excellent figures of 5 for 19 in seven overs, as Guernsey finished on 93 all out in 36.4 overs.Freddie Coleman (1-18) was the other successful Scottish bowler.
In yet another bitterly disappointing batting display for the islanders, only four players reached double figures - namely Adam Martel (19), Ben Fitchet (16), Robbie Le Corre (14), and Mitch Le Tissier (10).
Guernsey struck an early blow when Thomas Kirk had Freddie Coleman caught behind by Isaac Damarell for 9, but that was to be the end of the success for Guernsey.
Anjan Luthra struck an unbeaten 42 from 43 deliveries ( 3 fours, 1 six), while Matthew Cross finished on 25 not out, as the pair shared an unbroken second wicket partnership of 71, passing their target score with 34 overs to spare.
With their run rate suitably improved, it will now take not just a Jersey victory, but a convincing one to deny Scotland one of the two World Cup qualifier places on offer.
For Guernsey, their last match against Denmark offers them the chance ot salvage something from what has been a chastening experience during the tournament thus far.