Ireland coach Phil Simmons paid tribute to the contributions of Ireland’s younger players after the comprehensive Intercontinental Cup victory over Scotland.
Ireland took less than an hour to complete an innings victory on Saturday, with Max Sorensen taking five wickets as the visitors were dismissed for just 138 in their second innings in Dublin.
Craig Young and Graham McCarter, the two north west fast bowlers, were among those to impress at Castle Avenue as Simmons took the opportunity to look at some fringe players.
Simmons said: “It’s good to see the young players perform and that’s what we’ve been looking for. And that’s the good thing about this format of cricket, that we don’t always get our county players for this, and it’s good to see the youngsters coming out and doing what we want them to do.”
Ireland’s next target is qualification for the World Twenty20 finals and Simmons said he had been mostly satisfied with Ireland’s summer efforts.
He added: “I think the lows have been not being able to capitalise on starts, when we’re fielding. I think we had Pakistan in two games and we had England, and not being able to finish off the game, that’s been the lows.
“I think the high has been fact that we’ve won the World Cricket League by, how much points, and on days that we needed to pull out the stops, like for instance Sharjah against UAE and things like that, we did it.
“So I think during the year we’ve shown that we’re matured a lot as a unit. And we’ve been winning games that we’re supposed to win.”