|European Under 19 (Division 1) Championship: Scotland, August 2008|
Final day washout means Scotland win
Heavy overnight rain led to both matches on the final day being abandoned, as the grounds were not fit for play. It's always disappointing when the weather makes a major impact on a tournament, but it is something that is always a risk in cricket. Nevertheless, we have had some play in Glasgow, with Scotland emerging as winners due to their superior net run rate.
All four coaches were disappointed with the weather, though Craig Wright did say that he was happy his Scotland side won, though he would have preferred it if it was on the field and that it was a bit of a token victory, and he'd rather have had three games of cricket, but no-one can control the weather. He's hoping that most of the players will be in the tournament again next year, as they don't learn anything by staying off the field.
Ireland coach Matt Dwyer was also disappointed that Ireland have not won for the third consecutive year, but his bowlers all got a decent run out thanks to the first day's game against the Dutch and the 22 overs play against Denmark. The Irish side was an Under-18 team, so all players will be eligible for next year and all will be invited to winter nets, along with others to be selected later.
All the Denmark players will also be available next year, and their coach Chris Hevey said that his team will take some positives from their improved performance in the match against Ireland. He also said that the team bonded well due to the time away from the field, and that they'll take some good team spirit into next year's tournament.
Several of the Dutch players are coming to the end of their age-group careers, and their coach Faiek Davids said that it was a sad end to the youth careers of those players. He said that the players were looking forward to a good few days cricket, but in the end that the weather can't be controlled. He also praised the tournament organisers, who did a good job despite the bad weather.
So Scotland win for the first time since the tournament was last held in Scotland in 2005. Next year's event will be part of the qualifying process for the 2010 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, with two European teams qualifying for a global tournament, from which five teams will join the ten ICC full members plus hosts Kenya in 2010.