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ICC European U/19 Div 2 Fixtures Announced

Thu, Jul 23, 2009 11:48 AM


ICC Europe has today announced the tournament fixture schedule for the upcoming ICC European U/19 Division 2 Championship to be held in Antwerp and Brussels, Belgium.

This will be the third time that a Division 2 tournament has been staged at this age group and will see the U/19 national squads from Belgium, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Israel, Italy and Isle of Man contest the Championship title over a series of 50-over and Twenty20 matches.

Officiating at the tournament will be a ten-strong team of umpires from eight European countries – one of the largest and most diverse teams to officiate at an ICC European Championship.

Commenting on the tournament, ICC Europe Regional Development Manager Richard Holdsworth said, "The U/19 competition is of particular importance to national development programmes and player pathways as it gives young cricketers a taste of international cricket before they play for their country’s senior side.

"With seven teams participating, this event is one of the larger tournaments in Europe this summer. There is nothing greater than representing your country in any sport and to be able to do so prior to senior level will hopefully inspire continued growth and development of cricketers in our junior age groups."

Following the healthy level of media and online interest shown during last week’s U/19 Division 1 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Jersey Richard Holdsworth is confident that the upcoming Division 2 tournament will help to raise the profile of the sport in some of its lesser known Associate and Affiliate members, including host Belgium.

Belgium has been an Associate Member of the ICC since 2005 and has previously hosted a number of ICC European tournaments. Today, 17 clubs and two schools programmes belong to the Belgian Cricket Federation. In addition, there are a number of teams representing businesses and other organisations playing in a mid-week Twenty20 competition and other non-League events across eight cricket grounds in Belgium.

As a testament to the growing corporate interest in the sport, this year’s event has secured the support of two official event partners Arjav Diamonds NV and Diarough NV, both Belgium-based diamond specialists with sales and manufacturing offices worldwide.

"Arjav Diamonds is delighted to be a sponsor of this year’s ICC European U/19 Division 2 Championships in Belgium" said Ashit Mehta, Managing Director of Arjav Diamonds. "National teams in Belgium have been well supported by Cricket Belgium and ICC Europe over the years and we are very pleased to be able to play a role in helping to raise the profile of the sport we all enjoy so much."

Echoing Mehta’s support, Diarough NV’s Managing Director Saurin Parikh added, "We trust that all teams will enjoy their stay in Belgium and that the cricket will demonstrate just how far the sport has progressed in Europe in recent years.

"We’ve always been proud supporters of Belgian cricket and are very happy to extend this support to a European level."

The seven-day ICC European U/19 Division 2 tournament starts on August 3rd 2009 and will see 21 matches (fourteen 50-over and seven Twenty20 fixtures) played at Royal Brussels, Mechelen, and Antwerp Indians grounds.

For more information about Arjav Diamonds NV and Diarough NV please visit www.arjavdiamonds.com and www.diarough.com


Day 1 - Mon 3rd


Belgium v France


Royal Brussels


11.00


9.00


50 over




Israel v Germany


Antwerp Indians


10.00


8.45


50 over




Isle of Man v Italy


Mechelen


11.00


9.30


50 over




Gibraltar (Rest Day)



























Day 2 - Tues 4th


Israel v Belgium


Mechelen


11.00


9.30


50 over




Isle of Man v France


Antwerp Indians


10.00


8.45


50 over




Gibraltar v Germany


Royal Brussels


11.00


9.00


50 over




Italy (Rest Day)



























Day 3 - Wed 5th


Isle of Man v Israel


Antwerp Indians


9.00 - 12.00





T20




Gibraltar v Isle of Man


Antwerp Indians


12.30 - 3.30





T20




Gibraltar vs Belgium


Antwerp Indians


4.00 - 7.00





T20



































Germany vs Belgium


Mechelen


9.00 - 12.00





T20




Italy vs France


Mechelen


12.30 - 3.30





T20




Italy vs Israel


Mechelen


4.00 - 7.00





T20
































Day 4 - Thur 6th


Reserve Day















































Day 5 - Fri 7th


Italy v Gibraltar


Antwerp Indians


10.00


8.45


50 over




Germany v Isle of Man


Royal Brussels


11.00


9.00


50 over




France v Israel


Mechelen


11.00


9.30


50 over




Belgium (Rest Day)



























Day 6 - Sat 8th


Germany v Italy


Mechelen


11.00


9.30


50 over




France v Gibraltar


Royal Brussels


11.00


9.00


50 over




Belgium v Isle of Man


Antwerp Indians


10.00


8.45


50 over




Israel (Rest Day)



























Day 7 - Sun 9th


France v Germany











T20




Belgium v Italy











50 over




Israel v Gibraltar











50 over




Isle of Man (Rest Day)



























Scoring of Championship points for all matches:


Win - 2 points
















Ties - 1 point
















Loss - 0 points
















No Result - 1 point



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