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NCU Under 15 Tour to Denmark

Scott Irvine

The NCU U15s have just returned from their week long trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. A squad of 13 players along with coaches Scott Irvine and Wayne Hughes were away representing the union in matches against the Danish U17 side. 

Game 1 - Tuesday 5th July (50 Over Match)
Denmark U17s - 225/9 (Hald 67, Thas 42, Rehman 30, McCreery 3-45, Woods 2-13, Hunter 2-33)
Match Abandoned Due to Rain
Scorecard - Game 2 - Denmark U17 v NCU U15

Game 2 - Wednesday 6th July (20 Over Match)
NCU U15s - 84/6 (Metcalfe 30, Hunter 20*, Clarke 11, Thas 3-13, Munir 1-17, Saumy 1-23)
Denmark U17s - 86/2 (Thas 37*, Premchan 22, Woods 1-8, McLarnon 1-15)
Denmark U17s won by 8 wickets
Scorecard - Gane 2 - Denmark U17 v NCU U15

Game 3 - Thursday 7th July (50 Over Match)
NCU U15s - 85 (Warke 23, Reid 15, Johnston 14, Thas 4-24, Munir 2-10, Hald 1-12)
Denmark U17s - 88/5 (Thas 29, Henrikson 13*, Hald 11*, Hunter 3-26, Scott 1-10, Speers 1-18)
Denmark U17s won by 5 wickets

Scorecard - Game 3 - Denmark U17 v NCU U15

When asked about the tour, Under 15 Lead Coach, Scott Irvine said: "It was a really worthwhile week for all involved, the players were absolutely brilliant. Svanholm Cricket Club was a beautiful place to play and the facilities were top class."

"It was a tough few days on the pitch for the guys, we ended up playing what was primarily the Danish U17 side and we came up against some big, fast bowlers and some hard hitting batters. Throughout the winter we have pushed the players a lot and this tour was another perfect opportunity to see guys out of their comfort zone and who was up for the challenge."

"Against quality players you don't get that many bad balls and in return your bad balls generally go for four. Hopefully the players can take the learnings from this week and implement them when they are back at their clubs and see improvements throughout the rest of the season."

"It was clear to see the players that have had a greater exposure to 50 over cricket - I think this is a massive area for our younger players to try and play as much longer cricket as possible and learn how to construct an innings, bowl differently at various stages of a game and the fielding demands of 3 hours in the field."

"I would like to thank Jeremy Bray, Svanholm CC and Danish Cricket for setting up this opportunity to go over to Copenhagen. It has been a great experience for the players and I have learnt a lot about all the guys over the last week. I think it leads us into the remainder of the summer and the upcoming winter programme perfectly, whether they remain with myself in the U15s or move up into the U17 age group."