Italy and Isle of Man lead the way with consecutive wins

Mon, Jul 26, 2010 11:44 AM

Italy and Isle of Man lead the way with consecutive wins
ICC/ Cricket Europe
A full days worth of play in the Isle of Man with wins for Isle of Man, Belgium, Austria and Italy

Isle of Man made it two wins out of two at the European Under 17 Division 2 Championship with an emphatic 93 runs victory over Switzerland to top Group B after two matches.

Italy top their group after an easy win over France while Belgium and Austria picked up their first wins with victories over Hellas (Greece) and Germany respectively in the other games on day two.

The Isle of Man openers, Adam McAuley and Carl Wagstaffe, who put on 91 in the opening day success against Germany, again gave the hosts a solid start with 58 and an unbeaten 81 from Ryan Burns took his side to 204 for seven after their 40 overs.

Switzerland reached 47 for two after 15 overs but then lost four wickets for four runs and only a defiant 41 by Harry Vines held up the islanders. He was ninth out in the last over and the last pair hung on to bat out the overs. The hosts face a tricky game against Spain tomorrow but will now be confident of completing two more victories to ensure their place in the final.

Italy?s bowlers continue to look a class apart as they dismissed France for just 95 on the second day of the European Under 17 Division 2 Championships in the Isle of Man.

Defending only 155, they reduced the French to 29 for six at the start of the 13th over and only captain Thomas Liddiard held up the Italians? charge to their second successive victory.

Italy skipper Roshendra Abewickrama had given his side a fast start with eight fours in his 43 from just 29 balls before he was second out with the score on 58. Aamir Shaikh maintained the momentum with 26 from 22 balls, including the first six of the day, and Muhammad Adnan added two more in a whirlwind 24 from just 11 deliveries.

Belgium had the quickest win of the day, their game against Hellas (Greece) ending just half an hour after lunch in an eight wickets victory.

Hellas, playing their first game of the tournament, were bowled out for 66 in just 22.5 overs with Naman Parikh, taking six for 16 from six overs. Georgio Kantas enjoyed himself at the end, hitting three fours, and he had reached 19 when he ran out of partners, Fraser McRae taking the last three wickets to finish with three for 15.

It was McRae who also hurried Belgium to their first win, scoring 45 out of 62 from 55 balls with four boundaries. Four balls later it was all over and the Belgians can look forward to a rest day on Monday while Hellas will look to improve against France.

Germany and Austria produced the closest finish of the tournament so far with the Austrians scraping home by just six runs in a last over finish.

Set 158 for victory, Austria needed eight runs of the last over with two wickets left but Sohaib Farooq bowled Tushar Marwaha with his second ball, conceded just a single and then bowled last man Dimuth Thawalama with his fifth delivery to spark wild Austria celebrations.

Captain Ciju Puthuppally dominated the Austria innings with 63 from a patient 101 balls. He hit only two fours in his stay of 33 overs but when he was fourth out with the total of 128, the Austrians added only 29 runs in the last seven overs while losing five more wickets. Tushar Marwaha took three for 26 and Jaskaran Singh three for 29, both bowling their full quota of eight overs.

Score summaries (day one):

At KWC 1: Isle of Man beat Switzerland by 93 runs Isle of Man 204-7 (40 overs) Burns 81*, Wagstaffe 40, Lal 3-33 Switzerland 111-9 (40 overs) Vines 41, Hawke 3-9, Aycock 3-21

At Cronkbourne: Belgium beat Hellas by 8 wickets Hellas 66 (22.5 overs) Parikh 6-10, F McRae 3-15, Belgium 67-2, (16.1 overs) F McRae 45

At Crosby: Austria beat Germany by 6 runs Austria 157-9 (40 overs) Puthuppally 63, T Marwaha 3-26, J Singh 3-29, Germany 151 (39.4 overs) J Singh 55

At KWC 2: Italy beat France by 60 runs Italy 155 (34.3 overs) Abewickrama 43, Liddiard 4-46, France 95 (27.5 overs) Liddiard 35, Singh 4-15

Group A
Hellas 10010

Group B
Isle of Man 22004
Spain 11002
Switzerland 20020
Germany 20020

Remaining fixtures:

26 July

France v Hellas (Crosby)

Italy v Gibraltar (Cronkbourne)

Switzerland v Austria (KWC 1)

Isle of Man v Spain (St John's)

27 July

Gibraltar v Hellas (KWC 2)

Belgium v France (KWC 1)

Spain v Austria (Cronkbourne)

Germany v Switzerland (St John's)

28 July

Belgium v Gibraltar (Crosby)

Italy v Hellas (St John's)

Germany v Spain (KWC 1)

Isle of Man v Austria (KWC 2)

29 July

Final: A1 v B1

3rd-4th play-off: A2 v B2

5th-6th play-off: A3 v B3

7th-8th play-off: A4 v B4

9th-10th play-off: A5 v B5

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