Heath century, Sweden light up Day One
Thu, May 12, 2011 12:19 AM
Belted away by Heath
Sweden showed that they are one of the favourites for the championship and promotion as they recorded a crushing 136-run victory over Estonia who, earlier in the day, had themselves won convincingly against Slovenia.
Batting first at Valburga, Sweden began scoring heavily from the very start of their innings and raced to a massive final total of 229. Although Estonia had made 236 in their 20 Overs against Slovenia earlier in the day, there was never any question of them threatening the Swedish total against an aggressive and disciplined bowling attack.
When their final wicket fell in the seventeenth over, they had reached just 93.
Estonia shocked tournament hosts Slovenia at the scenic Velden ground, just across the border in Austria, on the opening morning of the Division 3 Twenty20 championship on Wednesday, running up a massive 236 for seven and then restricting the Slovenians to 172.
Estonian captain Tim Heath smashed a remarkable 45-ball 113, hitting 13 fours and eight sixes in the process, and reaching his century from just 40 deliveries, but he was helped by some indifferent catching by Slovenia, who had put him down twice by the time he reached 23.
Slovenia stormed back from their morning?s defeat at Velden on Wednesday to register an overwhelming 10-wicket victory over Turkey. Lasantha Karunatilake and Mark Oman had little difficulty in reaching their target; taking just eight Overs to knock off the runs after Turkey were dismissed for 86 in 18 Overs. Karunatilake did the lion?s share of the scoring with 44 from 27 deliveries, with eight fours and a six, while Oman made 25 from 23 balls.
Defending a total of just 99 runs, Bulgaria pulled off a thrilling last-ball victory over the Czech Republic on the opening morning of the tournament. Needing a boundary from the final ball to tie the match, Benjamin Soucek was unable to make the necessary contact and Bulgaria was able to celebrate a victory that had seemed improbable just a few Overs earlier when the Czech batsmen were in the driving seat at 77 for three.
For more information including full scorecards from all matches in this tournament please go to: http://www.cricketeurope4.net/CRICKETEUROPE/DATABASE/2011/TOURNAMENTS/EURODIV3/index.shtml