Italy opener Northcote hits first century of the tournament

Mon, Oct 6, 2008 11:46 AM

The 2008 outdoor season came to an end on Saturday with the annual Lord's Taverners County Festival at KGV. The Festival was played a week later than usual due to the extension of the English county season and this year featured Guernsey v Totton & Eling in the morning followed by Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire in the afternoon.

Totton & Eling, last year's UK national Twenty20 club champions, were invited to replace Jersey who were on World Cricket League duty in Tanzania and therefore unable to try to reverse last year's inaugural inter-insular Twenty20 defeat. The choice of opponent this year was very apt as one of the Eels' semi-professionals is Guernsey all-rounder, Lee Savident, who starred in last year's national finals, televised live on Sky TV. Their side against Guernsey featured most of their side from that memorable day including several former Hampshire professionals.

Totton & Eling batted first and were restricted to 136 for 7 by some fine Guernsey bowling. Opener Savident top-scored with 31 before he was caught at deep square leg by Jamie Nussbaumer off Gary Rich. Other significant contributions came from Robert Rawlings (28) and Derek Kenway (20). James Hibberd and Dan Goldstraw gave the score a big boost by smashing three sixes off the last over of the innings bowled by Nussbaumer, completely ruining his otherwise impressive bowling figures. Off-spinner Rich was the star bowler with 3 for 16 from his four overs, while Jeremy Frith (1 for 23 off 4 overs), Ben Taylor (1 for 25 off 4 overs) and Stuart Bisson (1 for 17 off 3 overs) all bowled very economically.

In reply, Guernsey very nearly got home without losing a wicket as openers Matt Oliver (45) and Frith (58 not out) put on 125 before Oliver was bowled by Manning. man-of-the-match Frith safely saw his side home in the company of GH Smit to win by 9 wickets with 8 balls to spare, and in the process claiming a big Twenty20 scalp.

In the big county game which followed, Nottinghamshire batted first and made 150 for 6 in their 20 overs. Top scorer was Matthew Wood with 57 off 44 balls while Rob Ferly made 28. Young seamer Andrew Miller (3 for 17 from 3 overs) had already dismissed England Under-19 all-rounder Luke Fletcher, Mark Wagh and Samit Patel in an impressive opening spell before Wood and Ferly came together. Piolet was the most economical bowler for Warwickshire, conceding just 14 runs in his 4 overs and snaring the wicket of Paul Franks.

With a target of 7.5 runs per over, Warwickshire opener Jonathan Trott carried his bat to make a fine unbeaten 75 from 66 balls, while Rikki Clarke made a run-a-ball 28 before skipper Ant Botha struck the winning boundary with 4 balls to spare. The win by Warwickshire secures them a return visit next year against Northamptonshire and a benefit function for Warwickeshire's 2009 beneficiary. Afghanistan stays on track for ICC Cricket World Cup qualification; Hong Kong maintains winning streak while Italy opener Andrew Northcote hits first century of the tournament

Afghanistan stayed on track for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 qualification after recording its second consecutive victory in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4, as Hong Kong and Italy registered wins in Dar Es Salaam on Sunday.

Hasti Gul and Hamid Hassan shared six wickets as Kabir Khan's side, in a repeat of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5 final, defeated Jersey by 124 runs.

Hong Kong maintained its unbeaten record with an impressive 134-run victory over hosts Tanzania while Italy beat Fiji by 254 runs with Andrew Northcote (102 retired hurt) registering the first century of the tournament.

Afghanistan, batting first, scored 203-9 in 50 overs and then bowled out Jersey for 79 – a performance which pleased coach Kabir Khan. "Everybody is very happy as we have taken one step closer to the final and the team has played very well," said Khan.

"Bowling wise, I am really happy and our fielding was excellent again today. We do need to work on our batting but (today) I was not worried because I knew 200 runs would be a winning score on this wicket.

"Our main tests will be against Hong Kong and Tanzania which are both good sides. We will know how far we have developed when we play in those pressure matches."

Italy's opener Andrew Northcote enjoyed an eventful day in his side's comprehensive 254-run victory over Fiji at the Anadil Burhani.

25 year-old Northcote, who put on 140 runs for the first wicket with Thushara Kurukulasuriya (73), was five runs short of century when he collapsed with heat exhaustion. He bravely carried on to reach the three figures but retired soon after.

With some clean hitting down the order from skipper Joe Scuderi, who hit five boundaries in a quick-fire 44 not out, Italy reached 318-5 and then dismissed Fiji for 64 in less than 20 overs.

Northcote said: "It was my first century for Italy and I'm very happy that we have won.

"I had begun to feel unwell early in the innings but I was determined to keep going. I feel much better now and look forward to the remaining matches."

Left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed took 4-19 as Hong Kong maintained its excellent run in the event by beating Tanzania by 134 runs after the home team, which had defeated Jersey by 34 runs on the opening day on Saturday, was bowled out for 121 while chasing 256 runs for victory.

Ahmed was delighted with his side's effort and admitted that he was content with the form of his side and the pitches in Dar Es Salaam.

"I am pretty happy with my bowling but everybody chipped in to this performance," said Ahmed who suffered a knee injury during his bowling spell.

"I like the pitches here. In the afternoon the pitches slow down which is a good thing for us and our bowling."

Earlier, Hong Kong again showed excellent form with the bat and scored 255 as player of the match Moner Ahmed top scored with 66 while skipper Tabarak Dar (60) again made an important contribution.

Monday is a rest day in the tournament. On Tuesday, Hong Kong takes on Fiji, Tanzania plays Afghanistan and Italy faces Jersey.

The top two sides from this event will qualify for the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 which will be held in Argentina in January.

For scorecards, photos and post-match reaction from the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4 please go to

Score summaries

Afghanistan beat Jersey by 124 runs at University

Afghanistan 203-9, 50 overs (Karim Khan 60, Sam Dewhurst 2-26)

Jersey 79 all out, 34.2 overs (Hamid Hassan 3-17, Hasti Gul 3-20)

Italy beat Fiji by 254 runs at Anadil Burhani

Italy 318-5, 50 overs (Andrew Northcote 102 retired hurt, Thushara Kurukulasuriya 73, Joe Scuderi 44 not out, Peter Petricola 36)

Fiji 64 all out, 19.3 overs (Hemantha Jayasena 3-13)

Hong Kong beat Tanzania by 134 runs at Leaders Club

Hong Kong 255 all out, 49.2 overs (Moner Ahmed 66, Tabarak Dar 60, John Laslam 31)

Tanzania 121 all out, 39.4 overs (Shaheed Dhanani 45; Nadeem Ahmed 4-19)

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