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ICC TOURNAMENT: Europe comes to Sussex!

05-Jul-2013

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The Pepsi ICC European Division One Championship gets underway on Monday 8th July in Sussex with the prize for the finalists being a trip to the UAE for the global ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in November, from which six teams will qualify for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

The other four ICC regions have already held their qualifying competitions, and the two European finalists will join Americas’ qualifiers Bermuda and USA, East Asia Pacific qualifier Papua New Guinea, Asian qualifiers Nepal and Hong Kong, African qualifiers Kenya and Uganda and hosts UAE. The top six from the last global qualifier in 2012 will make up the remaining 16 teams, Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands and Scotland.

Runners-up from 2011 Italy are in Group A for this tournament, and they field a team with just three changes from their 2011 line-up, which will be hoping for a second consecutive final appearance. They come into the tournament after a disappointing World Cricket League Division Three campaign in which they finished last. Peter Petricola was the second highest run scorer in that tournament, and will no doubt play a key role for them in this event, with the ball as well as the bat. Luis di Giglio of Italy played for Horsham for three months last summer.

Their main rivals in Group A are likely to be Guernsey, semi-finalists in 2011. New coach Nic Pothas, who played for Greece in last year's Division Two tournament, has rung the changes for the side, with eight newcomers since the 2011 tournament. They will miss the unavailable Tim Ravenscroft, but still have the experience of Jeremy Frith, who is the second highest run scorer in the history of the World Cricket League.

Group B's frontrunners will include Jersey, who lost to Italy in the semi-finals in 2011, and are fielding a new look squad this time out, with over half the squad being newcomers to the side since 2011. They also took part in the Continental Twenty20, reaching the semi-finals. Despite the large amount of new players in their side, they still have 2011 tournament MVP Edward Farley, who will once again be their key player.

The tournament will be played at four grounds in Sussex, with the first round matches being played at Horsham Cricket Club and Preston Nomads Cricket Club. The play-off matches will be played at The Sutton Winson Academy Ground, Blackstone, home of the Sussex Cricket Academy, and the semi-finals and final will be played at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground in Hove, with the final taking place under floodlights, a first for European associate & affiliate cricket.

Entrance to all matches in Sussex is FREE - however for entry to Finals Day at Hove you will need a voucher, which can be picked up from the Club Shop.

FIXTURES:

GROUP A

8 July
10.00: Sweden v Italy (Horsham Pitch 1)
10.00: Gibraltar v Austria (Horsham Pitch 2)
14.30: Guernsey v Norway (Horsham Pitch 1)
14.30: Italy v Gibraltar (Horsham Pitch 2)

9 July
10.00: Sweden v Norway (Preston Nomads Pitch 1)
10.00: Guernsey v Austria (Preston Nomads Pitch 2)
14.30: Sweden v Gibraltar (Preston Nomads Pitch 1)
14.30: Norway v Italy (Preston Nomads Pitch 2)

11 July
10.00: Austria v Sweden (Horsham Pitch 1)
10.00: Guernsey v Italy (Horsham Pitch 2)
14.30: Guernsey v Gibraltar (Horsham Pitch 1)
14.30: Norway v Austria (Horsham Pitch 2)

12 July
10.00: Gibraltar v Norway (Horsham Pitch 1)
14.00: Italy v Austria (Horsham Pitch 1)
14.00: Sweden v Guernsey (Horsham Pitch 2)

GROUP B

8 July
10.00: Isle of Man v Denmark (Preston Nomads Pitch 1)
10.00: Germany v Belgium (Preston Nomads Pitch 2)
14.30: Jersey v France (Preston Nomads Pitch 1)
14.30: Denmark v Germany (Preston Nomads Pitch 2)

9 July
10.00: Isle of Man v France (Horsham Pitch 1)
10.00: Jersey v Belgium (Horsham Pitch 2)
14.30: Isle of Man v Germany (Horsham Pitch 1)
14.30: France v Denmark (Horsham Pitch 2)

11 July
10.00: Belgium v Isle of Man (Preston Nomads Pitch 1)
10.00: Jersey v Denmark (Preston Nomads Pitch 2)
14.30: Germany v Jersey (Preston Nomads Pitch 1)
14.30: France v Belgium (Preston Nomads Pitch 2)

12 July
10.00: Germany v France (Preston Nomads Pitch 1)
14.00: Denmark v Belgium (Preston Nomads Pitch 1)
14.00: Isle of Man v Jersey (Preston Nomads Pitch 2)


FINALS DAY

13 July (Hove Fixtures)
11.00: Semi-Final: A1 v B2
14.30: Semi-Final 2: B1 v A2
18.45: Final

13 July (Blackstone Fixtures)
11.00: 5th-6th: A3 v B3 (Blackstone Pitch 1)
11.00: 11th-12th: A6 v B6 (Blackstone Pitch 1)
14.30: 7th-8th: A4 v B4 (Blackstone Pitch 1)
14.30: 9th-10th: A5 v B5 (Blackstone Pitch 2)

14 July
Reserve Day

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