European teams battle for Division 3 title on final day

Sat, Sep 5, 2009 2:18 PM

European teams battle for Division 3 title on final day
THE battle for the European Division Three Championships will go to the last day with three teams still in with a chance of winning the title.

The thrilling denouement was set up by Spain's four wickets victory over Israel, the only team to have won its first three games, and the Isle of Man's six wickets win against Malta.

The three teams each have six points so the winners of the final day game between Spain and Isle of Man are assured of finishing on eight points but it can be joined by Israel if it wins its last match, against Portugal at La Manga. Run rate would then decide who goes forward to meet Croatia in the play-off game to determine who is promoted to Division Two in 2011.

In the other game of the day, Belgium won its first match of the week by 16 runs as Portugal's rapid decline continued since its winning peak against chief rivals Spain.

In Saturday's games, Israel plays Portugal and Malta faces Belgium in La Manga while Spain and Isle of Man clash in Sporting Alfas.

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