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Guernsey maintain 100 per cent record on day three of ICC European Div 2

Sat, Jul 17, 2010 10:00 AM


Jeremy Frith put in a fine all-round performance as Guernsey moved a step closer to the ICC European Division Two title at College Field on Friday.

Guernsey captain Stuart Le Prevost won the toss on a sunny morning and didn't hesitate to put Germany in on what looked to be a bowler's wicket. Germany started well, however, with Milan Fernando hitting a quickfire 32 from just 30 balls before Savident removed him.

Savident also removed the other opener and bowled his 10 overs straight through to finish with 2-25. Jonathan Warr also bowled straight through to finish with 0-25 with Germany having scored 50 from their first 20 overs. Frith then took 3-37 to help reduce Germany to 123-6.

An unbroken seventh wicket partnership of 65, interrupted by a brief rain shower, then helped Germany recover to post 188-6 from their 50 overs.

In their reply, Guernsey lost both openers for just nine, with the score on 57, by which time Frith was already going well. At that point he was joined by Tim Ravenscroft, who recently signed a development contract with Sussex CCC, and the pair put on an unbeaten 133 for the third wicket.

Frith who, along with Ravenscroft, was running very well between the wickets, hit a three to bring up his century, and three balls later Ravenscroft hit a boundary to end the match and secure an eight-wicket win for Guernsey. The table toppers play France in their next game on Saturday.

In Friday's other matches, Norway and France both claimed their second wins of the tournament to stay in contention for the title.

An unbroken eighth- wicket partnership of 71 between Shahbaz Butt and Aziz Ataul led Norway to a three-wicket win over Gibraltar at Port Soif. Butt made a superb 70 from just 88 balls, striking no fewer than eight fours, displaying a fine range of shots all round the ground. He found the perfect foil in the experienced Ataul, who kept his composure in making a patient unbeaten 20 to help his side overhaul the Gibraltar total of 189 with 5.5 overs to spare.

An excellent bowling spell from Kabir Mirpuri (3-19) had Norway in all sorts of trouble at 122-7 with Karan Sadhwani also bowling well to claim figures of 2-45.

Earlier in the day it had been a similar story when Gibraltar batted – Zaheer Ashiq (2-9) and Mofassar Saeed (2-21) had the island side in all sorts of difficulties at 94-6. However Mark Bacarese, with an unbeaten 74 from 127 deliveries (eight fours) and Kabir Mirpuri, with 34 not out, added an unbroken 95 for the seventh wicket, to take Gibraltar to a competitive 189-6.

Norway face Germany on Saturday in a crucial encounter at KGV, while Gibraltar will seek their first win against Israel at College Field.

France defeated Israel by 65 runs in a high-scoring encounter on an excellent batting track at KGV. Having won the toss, France elected to bat and their captain's decision was quickly vindicated by an opening stand of 89 in 14 overs between Arun Ayyavooraju and Ramesh Sithambaranathan (34). Arun has been in scintillating form this week, and his excellent run continued as he top scored with 78 from 98 balls, hitting nine boundaries. He received excellent support from a very solid French batting line up, with notable contributions from Jonathan Houghton (38), Shahid Malik (32), and Usman Khan (30).
The only downside to the French total of 271 was a knee injury to Houghton, which looks set to rule him out of the rest of the tournament. Best performers with the ball for Israel were Steven Shein (3-45), and Eliezer Samson (2-36).

In reply, Israeli opener Daniel Hyman entertained the large crowd with a superb half-century but, despite useful cameos from Herschel Gutman (25), wicket-keeper Shailesh Bangerra (24) and Gabriel Schachat (21), Israel were always off the required pace. In the end they fell well short as Rameez Ihsan (3-36) and Shabbir Hussain (2-9) stood out in the French attack.

France now have a chance to blow the championship race wide open when they face unbeaten Guernsey at Port Soif next up.

Score summaries (day 3):

At College Field:
Germany 188-6 (50 overs) R Pillai 34*, J Frith 3-37
Guernsey 190-2 (39 overs) J Frith 100*, T Ravenscroft 64*

Guernsey won by 8 wickets

At Port Soif:
Gibraltar 189-6 (50 overs) M Bacarese 74*
Norway 193-7 (44.1 overs) Shahbaz Butt 70*, K Mirpuri 3-19

Norway won by 3 wickets

At KGV:
France 271-9 (48.3 overs) Arun Ayyavooraju 78, J Houghton 38, S Shein 3-45
Israel 206 (49.3 overs) D Hyman 50, Rameez Ihsan 3-36

France won by 65 runs

For more information on ICC European WCL Div. 2 and full scorecards please visit
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