Eakin stars as 19s too strong for 17s
Half centuries by Peter Eakin and Adam Dennison were the highlights of the Ireland Under 19 eight wicket win over the 17's at Stormont.
North Down all-rounder Eakin, who played a starring role for the Northern Knights at the weeking, struck 60 from just 56 balls (8 fours) as the 19's easily chased down a below par total of just 141 by the Irish Under 17's.
Eakin shared an opening stand of 76 with Darren Nicol (17), while Jack Balbirnie (43*) and James McCollum (25*) added an unbroken 66 as they raced to victory.
Earlier, Waringstown's Adam Dennison had been the one batsman in the 17's ranks to cope with both the 19's attack and a pitch which kept low and slow at times.
Ru Jones (3-28), Ross Allen (3-36) and Bobby Gamble were the pick of the 19's bowling.
Ireland U17 141 all out (42.5 overs, Adam Dennison 53, Lorcan Tucker 20, Adam Craig 12, Andrew Austin 11, Ruadhan Jones 3-28, Ross Allen 3-36, Robert Gamble 2-23, Conor Olphert 1-19)
Ireland U19 144/2 (30.3 overs, Peter Eakin 60, Jack Balbirnie 40*, James McCollum 25*, Darren Nicol 17, Adam Craig 1-17, Fiachra Tucker 1-33, Ross Bryans 0-13, David Murphy 0-14)
Ireland U19 win by 8 wickets
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