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ICC EUROPEAN T20: Italy and Denmark through to Finals Day at Hove

12-Jul-2013

Group A
Italy made sure of their place in the semi-finals with a commanding performance against Guernsey at Horsham on Thursday morning.

Guernsey had a dream start when skipper James Nussbaumer took a return catch from his second delivery to remove Italian danger man Dinidu Marage, fresh from his century on Tuesday.

But their joy was short-lived as Peter Petricola smashed a 30-ball 69, dominating a 93-run partnership with Andy Northcote (27), although when Matthew Stokes dismissed Petricola – who had hit eight fours and four sixes in his devastating innings – and soon afterwards Max Ellis claimed the first of four wickets by having Northcote stumped by Thomas Kimber. Italy rallied, and the innings closed on 162 off the final delivery of their allotted 20 overs.

Jeremy Frith (35) and Isaac Damarell (24) gave their side a promising start after the early loss of Lucas Barker, with 74 runs on the board, the Guernsey pursuit began to falter, and with Gayashan Munasinghe, Damian Crowley and Dilan Arsakulasuriya picking up two wickets apiece they closed on 133 for eight, 30 runs short of their target.

In Austria’s first match of the day they fell short of Sweden’s total of 181 for nine by just eight runs. The foundation of the Swedish innings was an opening stand of 82 between Ashik Imtiaz (50 from 31 deliveries) and Sadat Sidiqi (37).

Serge Conein quickly struck three times when Austria replied, but opener Imran Asif saw them from 18 for three to 153 for five before he was run out for a belligerent 72. Two more run-outs in the final overs made the Austrian task impossible, and they finished on 173 for eight.

Guernsey came back strongly from the disappointment of their defeat by Italy, with a fine performance with the ball resulting in a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Gibraltar.

Skipper James Nussbaumer led the way, having David Coram caught behind by Kimber off the fourth ball of the match before a run had been scored, and his four overs cost a miserly six runs. Guernsey only took five wickets, but a combination of accurate bowling and excellent fielding enabled them to restrict Gibraltar to a total of just 116.

Jeremy Frith, the most prolific batsman of the tournament so far, could only manage six this time before falling to Kabir Mirpuri, but Lucas Barker and Isaac Damarell put on 61 for the second wicket, Matthew Hunter eventually removing Damarell for a 20-ball 32. Barker and GH Smit saw their side home, however, the former finishing on an unbeaten 51 as Guernsey completed their win in just 14.2 overs.

The contest between Norway and Austria, on the other hand, went all the way, with Austria also recovering from their morning defeat to secure a 6-wicket victory with just four balls to spare.

Norway once again got off to a promising start, Ansar Iqbal (36) and Santosh Rathakrishnarajah (31) putting on an opening stand of 62, the Norwegian total of 177 for eight was a reasonably challenging one. Imran Goraya and Imran Asif claimed two wickets apiece.

Austria responded with a century opening stand between Imran Asif (49) and Lakmal Kasthuriarachchige (50), but once Norwegian skipper Shahbaz Butt removed both openers and Babar Nadeem, it seemed for a time as if the Austrians might lose their way.

At 122 for four they were momentarily in real trouble, but then Imran Goraya joined skipper Amar Naeem, and these two added 58 runs in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand, Naeem making a 23-ball 38 and Goraya a 14-ball 29 and each batsman hitting three vital sixes. Butt finished with three for 30, but in the end his side had to concede defeat.

Group B
Denmark have secured their place at finals day on Saturday at the Brightonandhovejobs.com County Ground, Hove after a 48 run win over Jersey at Preston Nomads Cricket Club this afternoon.

Batting first after Jersey put them in, Denmark had a poor start when Carsten Pedersen was bowled for a duck in the first over. But Freddie Klokker again played a good knock, scoring 41 from 30 balls before he was dismissed in the 11th over with the score on 87. Another wicket was lost from the next ball, but Denmark batted on, eventually scoring 164-5.

In reply, Jersey were never truly in the hunt, struggling to cope against the Danish battery of spin bowlers. Andy Dewhurst scored 38, but that was the only bright spot in the innings, and they were restricted to 116-9 from their 20 overs, Hamid Shah taking 3-25 to secure the 48 run win.
Jersey bounced back after their defeat to Denmark with a close win over Germany. Jersey got off to a great start with Peter Gough and Ed Farley putting on 76 for the opening wicket before Farley was caught going for one big shot too many, having scored 30 from 22 balls.

Gough followed soon after for 41, whilst Andy Dewhurst scored 30 to help take Jersey to a very competitive total of 166-5 from their 20 overs. Shakeel Hassan bowled well for Germany, going for just 14 runs from his four overs.

In reply German opener Kashif Mahmood played the anchor role early on, scoring 37 from 34 before he was out in the 12th over with the score on 85-3. Nafees Ahmed was already on another big hitting innings at this stage and he went on to score 35 from 25 balls, falling in the 17th over with the score on 134-5.

At this stage it looked like Germany could well be in with a chance of winning the game, but Jersey held on, where Germany were eventually restricted to 159-6, the seven run winning margin to Jersey being of real credit to Germany, who fought to the end in a game many expected them to lose.

France managed to pull off a remarkable win over Belgium after looking completely out of it at one point during their innings. Batting first after winning the toss, they contrived to collapse from 36-2 to 39-5, leaving them in all sorts of trouble. But Waseem Bhatti led a recovery, scoring 55 from just 53 balls, and when he was out he had helped take the score to 98-6.

The tailenders helped out to take the French total to 121 before they were bowled out in 17.5 overs. Shahid Muhammed and Waqas Shafiq both took three wickets for Belgium.

In reply, whenever Belgium looked to be building a partnership, France took some quick wickets and put Belgium back in a rebuilding phase. Usman Khan devastated the French lower middle order with 4-18, helping to bowl Belgium out for 99, France winning by 22 runs.

In Belgium’s other match of the day they lost to the Isle of Man who recorded their first win of the tournament.

Batting first after losing the toss, Belgium scored 119 before being bowled out in exactly 20 overs. Nirvam Shah top scored with 35, whilst Alex Stokoe bowled superbly, taking 5-21.

The Isle of Man started their reply well with an opening partnership of 55 between Jaco Jansen and Max Stokoe. Jansen was out for 30 whilst Stokoe batted on for a little longer to score 38 and secured a five wicket win.

A win for France tomorrow morning over Germany will put them level on points with Jersey, and they'll then be keen to watch to see if the Isle of Man can beat Jersey to give the French a shot at finals day. Jersey will be heavy favourites, but anything can happen in Twenty20.

Brief scores:

Group A
Austria v Sweden at Horsham Pitch One
Sweden won by 8 runs
Sweden 181-9 (20 overs)- Ashik Imtiaz 50, Sadat Sidiqi 37, Sarmad Imtiaz 38; S Subhash 3-31
Austria 173-8 (20 overs)- Imran Asif 72, S Subhash 37; SF Conein 3-29

Guernsey v Italy at Horsham Pitch Two
Italy beat Guernsey by 29 runs
Italy 162 all out (20.0 overs)- P Petricola 69, A Northcote 27, M Raso 27; Ellis 4-15
Guernsey 133-8 (20.0 overs)- J Frith 35, I Damarell 24; G Munasinghe 2-17, D Crowley 2-15, D Arsakulasuriya 2-28

Guernsey v Gibraltar at Horsham Pitch One

Guernsey beat Gibraltar by 8 wickets
Gibraltar 116-5 (20.0 overs)- K Ferrary 29, I Latin 28
Guernsey 117-2 (14.2 overs)- L Barker not out 51, I Damarell 32

Norway v Austria at Horsham Pitch Two
Austria won by 6 wickets
Norway 177-8 (20 overs)- Ansar Iqbal 36, SK Rathakrishnarajah 31; Imran Asif 2-13, Imran Goraya 2-33
Austria 180-4 (19.2 overs)- Imran Asif 49, LP Kasthuriarachchige 50, Amar Naeem 38*, Imran Goraya 29*; Shahbaz Butt 3-30


Group B
Belgium v Isle of Man at Preston Nomads Pitch One

Isle of Man won by 5 wickets
Belgium 119 (20 overs)- N Shah 35, Ali Raza 27; ADL Stokoe 5-21
Isle of Man 120-5 (19.2 overs)- MJL Stokoe 38, J Jansen 30

Jersey v Denmark at Preston Nomads Pitch Two

Denmark beat Jersey by 48 runs
Denmark 164-5 (20.0 overs)- F Klokker 41, M Pedersen 36 not out; L Gallichan 2-16
Jersey 116-9 (20.0 overs)- A Dewhurst 38; H Shah 3-25

Germany v Jersey at Preston Nomads Pitch One
Jersey beat Germany by 7 runs
Jersey 166-5 (20 overs)- P Gough 41, E Farley 30, A Dewhurst 30; K Haider 2-41
Germany 159-6 (20 overs)- K Mahmood 37, N Ahmad 35; C Bodenstein 2-28

France v Belgium at Preston Nomads Pitch Two
France won by 22 runs
France 121 (17.5 overs)- Waseem Bhatti 55; Shahid Muhammad 3-19
Belgium 99 (19 overs)- Usman Khan 4-18

Friday fixtures are:
Gibraltar v Norway, Horsham (Pitch One) 10.00; Germany v France, Preston Nomads (Pitch One) 10.00
Italy v Austria, Horsham (Pitch One) 14.00; Sweden v Guernsey, Horsham (Pitch Two) 14.00; Denmark v Belgium, Preston Nomads (Pitch One) 14.00; Isle of Man v Jersey, Preston Nomads (Pitch Two) 14.00

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