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ICC EUROPEAN T20: Denmark win both opening matches as Klokker leads the way


Group A

Denmark fought back from a shaky start in the opening match of the day against the Isle of Man. Isle of Man’s Luke Lacey and Philip Littlejohns got the total up to 101 before he fell to Chawla for a quick 15, Lacey’s departure was the trigger for a dramatic collapse, with six wickets falling in as many overs with the addition of just 17 runs, the final score was a disappointing 121.

Klokker began the Danish response with a brisk 21 from 15 deliveries, but then Daniel Hawke dismissed both the keeper and, four balls later, Aftab Ahmed, and Denmark wobbled for a moment at 29 for two. Carsten Pedersen and Kamran Mahmood proceeded to add 60 for the third wicket, putting their side firmly in command winning with 20 balls to spare.

In Denmark’s other match of the day at Preston Nomads, Klokker started Denmark’s innings against Germany in devastating form, the highlight a massive six over midwicket which landed in the sheep paddock next to the Nomads’ complex. The Danes lost a little momentum after he was fourth out with the total on 109, with Shakeel Hassan, Kashif Haider and Demuni de Silva each picking up two wickets, but with Michael Pedersen making 29 and Taha Ahmed 21, they managed to reach 161 for seven from their twenty overs.

Germany were soon in trouble when they replied, only Rishi Pillai in their middle order making a serious impression with 28 from 22 deliveries, and they were finally dismissed for 105 in the 18th over. There were two wickets apiece for Bashir Shah and Rana Javed.

Jersey cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over France with their varied attack which set up their win, bowling France out for 112. Seamer Anthony Hawkins-Kay took three for 10 in three overs, while left-arm spinner Ben Stevens claimed three for 25.

Jersey skipper Peter Gough hit a 33-ball 43 which included five fours and two powerful straight sixes, and after he fell to a fine catch at mid-off by Zika Ali off Usman Khan’s bowling Stevens, who had helped his captain add 70 for the second wicket, finished the job in company with Andy Dewhurst.

Stevens ended the match with two reverse-swept boundaries, reaching his half-century from 34 balls with eight fours and a six, and Jersey won with 37 deliveries to spare.

Germany started well against Belgium in their match, an early run-out, two wickets for Nafees Ahmad and one for Kashif Haider reducing the Belgians to 47 for four. But the innings, and perhaps the outcome of the match, turned on a crucial miss when hard-hitting Shaheryar Butt was on 6.

Butt took full advantage of his escape, smashing a 35-ball 55 which included two fours and five sixes and sharing a partnership of 91 with Manesh Krishnamoorthy and Belgium closed on 163 for seven.

Germany were soon in trouble in their turn, and although most of their batsmen got a start none was able to gain the upper hand against a steady Belgian attack. Shahid Muhammad claimed two wickets and Faisal Khaliq three, but the final blow came from Shaival Mehta, who performed a hat-trick as the German side collapsed further to 106 for eight.

Nafees Ahmad and Kashif Haider offered some resistance towards the end, Haider top-scoring with an undefeated 24 from seven deliveries with two fours and two sixes, but the gap was too great and the innings ended on 152 for nine.

Group B

Italy defeated Sweden in the first match at Horsham CC today. After an early setback Northcote and Petricola put on 94 for the second wicket before Petricola was dismissed for 40. Captain Crowley scored 59 from 29 balls as Italy reached 213-3 from their 20 overs.

Sweden struggled in reply, clearly struggling to adapt in what was their first match ever on a turf wicket. They had little defence to the Italian bowling attack, who put in a thoroughly professional performance to bowl Sweden out for 74, winning by 139 runs.

In their second game of the day Italy thumped Gibraltar, with Iain Latin was the only Gibraltar player to get a decent start, scoring 27 not out in their total of 95-5 Italy had no problem at all chasing down that target, and did so in fine style, winning by 10 wickets in just nine overs. Marage made up for his low score in the first game today by scoring 65 from 31 balls.
Italy Captain, Damian Crowley said, “It’s good to hit the ground running and get the first win under the belt. It was a clinical performance in all facets we couldn’t have asked for anything more on the first day.”

Guernsey's Jeremy Frith at Horsham put on a master-class in how to pace a Twenty20 innings, leading to Guernsey making the perfect Twenty20 run chase.

Norway started well with Ansar Iqbal batting well to take his team to 70-1 at the halfway stage, his dismissal finished on 159-7 after 20 overs, Frith was the pick of the bowlers with 2-23.

Guernsey looked to be struggling on 35-3, but Frith was plugging away at the other end, scoring steadily to start with, but picked up speed as the game went on. He then launched something of an onslaught on the Norwegian bowling attack, smashing five huge sixes, the last of which brought the scores level and took Frith to 95. He tried to win the match with another six to bring up a well deserved century, but fell just short with a 4, leaving him on 99 not out.

Guernsey Captain, James Nussbaumer said “It was vital to get off to a good start, we have a young squad so good to get the win to calm the nerves. Will be great to build upon today’s win in the morning for our game against Austria.”

In the other game of the day, Austria started with a close win over Gibraltar. Batting first, Lakmal Kasthuri Arachchige top scored with 45 from just 31 balls as Austria scored 170-9 from their 20 overs. Gibraltar lost their first three wickets with just 36 runs on the board, and whilst they got close their total of 156-6 wasn’t enough losing by 14 runs.

Brief scores:
Group A
Italy v Sweden at Horsham (Pitch One)
Italy won by 139 runs
Italy 213-3 (20 overs)- A.Northcote 69, D.Crowley 59 not out, C.Sandri 28
Sweden 74 (17.4 overs)- C.Sandri 3-21, D.Crowley 2-13, GRDS Munasinghe 3-16

Gibraltar v Austria at Horsham (Pitch Two)

Austria won by 14 runs
Austria 170-9 (20 overs)- LP Kasturiarachchige 45, Babar Nadeem 25 not out; MG Hunter 2-17
Gibraltar 156-6 (20 overs)- DG Coram 31, MO Bacarese 41, IDM Latin 43 not out; Imran Goraya 2-22, S Subhash 2-39

Guernsey v Norway at Horsham (Pitch One)
Guernsey beat Norway by 7 wickets
Norway 159-7 (20 overs)- A.Iqbal 69; J.Frith 2-23
Guernsey 163-3 (18.4 overs)- J.Frith 99 not out, D.Hooper 41 not out; T.Ali 2-23

Italy v Gibraltar at Horsham (Pitch Two)
Italy won by 10 wickets
Gibraltar 95-6 (20 overs)- IDM Latin 27 not out; CS Sandri 3-27
Italy 96-0 (9 overs)- DA Marage 65*, AM Northcote 27 not out

Group B
Germany v Belgium at Preston Nomads (Pitch Two)

Belgium won by 11 runs
Belgium 163-7 (20 overs)- Shaheryar Butt 55, M Krishnamoorthy 52; Nafees Ahmad 2-25
Germany 152-9 (20 overs)- Shahid Muhammad 2-34, F Khaliq 3-42, S Mehta 3-34 incl. hat-trick

Isle of Man v Denmark at Preston Nomads (Pitch One)

Denmark won by 7 wickets
Isle of Man 121 (20 overs)- J Jansen 43, P Littlejohns 39; AB Chawla 4-23, KT Mahmood 2-18
Denmark 124-3 (17.4 overs)- CR Pedersen 47*; DJ Hawke 2-24

Denmark v Germany at Preston Nomads (Pitch Two)
Denmark won by 56 runs
Denmark 161-7 (20 overs)- FA Klokker 75, MR Pedersen 29; Shakeel Hassan 2-14, Kashif Haider 2-41, WD de Silva 2-25
Germany 105 (17.4 overs)- R Pillai 28; Bashir Shah 3-16, RB Javed 2-5

France v Jersey at Preston Nomads (Pitch Two)

Jersey won by 8 wickets
France 112 (18.3 overs)- W.Bhatti 37; B.Stevens 3-25, AW Hawkins-Kay 3-10
Jersey 115-2 ( 13.5 overs)- P.Gough 43, B.Stevens 50 not out

For tables please visit the tournament website HERE

Tuesday’s fixtures:
Isle of Man v France, Horsham Pitch One 10.00; Jersey v Belgium, Horsham Pitch Two 10.00; Sweden v Norway, Preston Nomads Pitch One 10.00; Guernsey v Austria, Preston Nomads Pitch Two 10.00

Isle of Man v Germany, Horsham Pitch One 14.30; France v Denmark, Horsham Pitch Two 14.30; Sweden v Gibraltar, Preston Nomads Pitch One 14.30; Norway v Italy, Preston Nomads Pitch Two 14.30

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