Cider Watch: Josh Davey in international action for Scotland as injury rules George Dockrell out for Ireland

Josh Davey ScotlandSomerset’s Josh Davey has been in international action for Scotland this past week in a three-match series against Ireland at The Village, Malahide, in Dublin.

The 24-year-old all-rounder, who was born in Aberdeen, took four wickets at 27.25 runs in the series, as well as hitting a valuable innings of 40 with the bat in the second one-day international.

The three games gave Josh a great chance to press his case for inclusion in Scotland’s 18-man squad for the World Cup this winter in Australia and New Zealand.

There should have been two Somerset players in action during the series with George Dockrell included in Ireland’s squad. Unfortunately due to a niggling shoulder injury, George was unable to play any part in the series apart from fulfilling occasional twelfth-man duties.

There was though, some further Somerset interest in this week’s tournament. Kevin O’Brien, who played for the club during our 2012 T20 campaign, captained the Irish side and hit two half-centuries as Ireland came out on top 2-1.


 

First one-day international – Monday 8 September

In the first match on Monday, Scotland were dismissed for a disappointing 172 with 9.3 overs of their allotted innings still remaining. Only a half-century from off-spinner Michael Leask helped them towards some kind of respectability after they’d slipped to 101-7. Irish fast bowler Craig Young,  released by Sussex last year, got plenty of movement and bounce from the surface to claim 5-46 – including Davey for 4 – and become only the ninth player to take a five-wicket haul on ODI debut.

In reply, Ireland reached their target with few scares, despite losing three wickets before the 100 was up.

Opening the bowling for Scotland, Davey kept things really tight, bowling three maidens in his nine overs and picking up one wicket for 24 runs – Andrew Poynter caught behind for 16.

After those early wickets though, Kevin O’Brien shared a partnership of 80 with Stuart Thompson (35*) to ensure Ireland reached their target with some ease, winning by seven wickets.

O’Brien finished with an unbeaten 56, scored at exactly a run a ball, including seven fours and a six. In the process he passed 2,000 runs in one-day internationals.


 

Second one-day international – Wednesday 10 September

Josh Davey Scotland2Davey played a key role with bat and ball in the second one-day international on Wednesday – a much tighter game, which Ireland won by just three wickets and with it the series.

Put into bat by Ireland in bowler-friendly conditions, Scotland were in huge trouble after 13.4 overs, collapsing to 48-5 as Max Sorensen claimed 4-40.

But Richie Berrington rebuilt and then took the attack to the Irish bowlers, scoring a fine maiden ODI century. He finished unbeaten on 101 from 126 balls with eight fours and one six. That knock though would not have been possible had he not found a willing partner in Davey, and the pair shared a stand worth 84 in 21.2 overs before Davey finally fell, caught at point for 40. He had faced 69 deliveries and stroked four boundaries.

You can see Davey sweep the spinner Andy McBrine for two to bring up the Scotland 100 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxiSVVcOzkg&index=42&list=PLYn4yIdQ-P3QRk1Hape66_NPXk1b3kfmL

You can see his dismissal here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIfBpgiuSJA&index=40&list=PLYn4yIdQ-P3QRk1Hape66_NPXk1b3kfmL

Berrington had some further assistance from the tail, but Scotland were eventually all out for 221 off the penultimate ball of their innings. O’Brien was among the wickets, taking 1-32 in his seven overs.

Opening the bowling for Scotland again, Davey built the pressure early on, bowling a consistent line and length and was rewarded with the wickets of both Irish openers – both caught behind – to see the hosts slip to 35-2.

First he had Middlesex’s Andy Balbirnie caught off an edge while advancing down the wicket for 16 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytqQYr-G2xs&index=32&list=PLYn4yIdQ-P3QRk1Hape66_NPXk1b3kfmL

Then he tempted John Anderson with a slightly shorter ball which drew the bottom edge as the batsman attempted a pull shot and was caught for 12 –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2KaP9sqrXI&index=31&list=PLYn4yIdQ-P3QRk1Hape66_NPXk1b3kfmL

O’Brien again rebuilt, making another half-century. However when he was out for 67 (65 balls 9×4) in the 31st over, Ireland lost four wickets for 29 runs in 6.5 overs and at 186-7 and Scotland may have entertained hopes of a series-levelling win. However the experienced John Mooney (22*) was on hand with Sorensen (14*) to see Ireland home.

Balbirnie was Davey’s 20th wicket in ODIs and he finished the innings with match figures of 9.2-0-44-2.


 

Third one-day international – Friday 12 September

Scotland secured a consolatory victory – and by a considerable margin of eight wickets with 4.2 overs to spare. It was their first ODI victory on Irish soil.

Put into bat, Ireland made 241-9 in their 50 overs, Mooney top scoring with a belligerent 96 off just 77 balls with 12 fours and two maximums. O’Brien was the next highest scorer with 36, finishing a successful series with a total of 159 runs at an average of 79.5.

Spinner Majid Haq claimed his first five-fer in ODI cricket for Scotland, while Davey, used this time as first-change bowler, bowled his full quota of 10 overs, picking up 1-41, having the Irish wicket-keeper Poynter caught behind down the leg side. You can watch that wicket here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jM9hU_rBMU&feature=youtu.be&a

In reply, despite losing a wicket in the second over, Durham’s Calum MacLeod and Hamish Gardiner shared a 179-run stand for the second-wicket. When Gardiner fell for 89, Preston Mommsen (31*) stayed with MacLeod to see Scotland home.

MacLeod finished with 116 not out off 141 deliveies and hit 15 fours.

Josh Davey Scotland3Josh Davey’s ODI career stats now stand at 22 wickets for 457 runs at a very healthy average of 20.77 in 15 matches. His best bowling figures were an incredible 7.2-3-9-5 against Afghanistan at Ayr in August 2010.