Austria shock hosts Guernsey

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 8:52 PM

Austria shock hosts Guernsey
ICC European Division 1
Division Two qualifiers Austria shocked co-hosts Guernsey when they held their nerve to claim a nail biting eight run win at KGV. Satyam Subhash proved their hero as he kept his cool to restrict Guernsey to just one run in the final over, having needed 10 to win from the last six balls.

An opening salvo from Amandeep who smashed 3 sixes and a four in his 40 from just 30 deliveries, meant Guernsey were always on the defensive. Lakmal Kasthuriarachchige (25) shared in an opening stand of 41 with Amandeep, and the positive approach of both clearly rattled Guernsey.

Even the introduction into the attack of the normally reliable Jeremy Frith didn?t pay dividends, as he conceded 17 runs in the only two overs he bowled. Gary Rich (2-19) and Tim Ravenscroft (3-25) put the brakes on the middle order as Guernsey recovered their composure somewhat, but Imran Asif held things together as Austria finished on 130 for 9 in their 20 overs.

In reply, Guernsey lost Lee Savident for just 4, but looked to be well on course as Tim Ravenscoft struck four boundaries as he raced to 24 from just 16 balls. However, his dismissal by leg-spinner Lakmal Kasthuriarachchige (2-17), saw Guernsey forced to consolidate their position. Skipper Stuart Le Prevost (16), Jeremy Frith (39) and GH Smit (25*) all batted solidly, but with the run rate steadily increasing, the game was always tantalisingly out of their control, as Guernsey finished on 122 for 6.

The win for Austria sets up what should be a fascinating afternoon?s play, with the qualification places very much in the balance.

A fine all-round performance from Andy Northcote inspired Italy to their third consecutive victory against Gibraltar at College Field. The off spinner claimed 4 for 14 to help restrict Gibraltar to a below par 81 for 8. He was helped by some energetic Italian fielding, with Damian Crowley and Michael Raso taking superb catches on the boundaries.

Opening bowler Din Alaud also turned in a fine spell, to finish with 3 for 20, as all the Italian bowlers helped keep the shackles on the Gibraltar side. Gayashan Munasinghe (1-21) was the other wicket taker, and both Peter Petricola (0-14) and Dilan Fernando (0-11) bowled well. Kieron Ferrary (16), and Dave Coram (11) shared an opening stand of 27, but thereafter it was a story of struggle in the face of the accurate attack. Iain Latin top scored with 20 from 16 balls, including the only six of the innings, while Ian Farrell made 11 not out.

An opening stand of 61 between Northcote and Damien Fernando meant the result was never in any doubt, with both finding the boundaries with regularity. Fernando struck four boundaries in one over from Aaron Baglietto, taking full advantage of the fielding restrictions in the power play overs. He had scored 24 before being bowled by Kayron Stagno in his first over. Alessandro Bonora was well run out by Bacarese, but that was the end of the success for Gibraltar, as Northcote (38*) secured the eight wicket win with 10.2 overs remaining.

The win takes Italy clear at the top of the table, ahead of Austria, Guernsey and Norway, who have two wins each.

In yesterday's rain shortened affair, Croatia were well on top against Norway, scoring 70-0 in nine overs before the game was washed out. Today, it was like watching two different teams, as Norway bounced back with an important win over the Croatians. As with yesterday's match, Norway won the toss and elected to field first. They'd obviously taken the time to learn from their mistakes, as they bowled much straighter, and the fielding was much more energetic. The opening pair, so dominant yesterday, only put on 35 before Christopher Pivac was trapped lbw by leg spinner Shahbaz Butt. Paul Vujnovich began to play somewhat of an anchor role, and was evidently determined to bat out the 20 overs. He put on 43 for the second wicket with brother John, who was eventually bowled by Babar Shazad. Craig Wear was smartly stumped a few balls later, before the fourth wicket pairing put on 26, Vujnovich being run out from the last ball of the innings.

Croatia had scored 105-4 from their 20 overs. A total that they could defend, but they would have been expecting more after yesterday's start. Norway's reply started badly when the big hitting Zaheer Ashiq was caught from the first ball of the innings. Croatia were bowling very economically, Michael Grzinic starting with two maidens, and ending with just three runs from his four overs. Norway seemed to be struggling on 27-3, but that third wicket brought Iftikhar Hussain to the crease. Hussain played a fantastic knock, hitting 56 from 39 balls, including two huge sixes, as Norway chased down the target with 5 balls to spare to win by 7 wickets.

In Jersey, an excellent unbeaten 109-run partnership between captain Asif Khan (59*) and hard-hitting Imran Choudhry (60*) led Germany to a convincing 7 wicket victory over Israel in Group B at FB Fields. Having seen their team stutter to 31-3 chasing Israel?s 138, Khan and Choudhry steadied the German ship with some fine clean hitting, regularly chipping the ball over the infield and running hard. Although Choudhry had to call for a runner in the 7th over, the burly right-hander continued to score freely, hitting legspinner Josh Evans for a straight six and following this up with a beautifully timed straight drive off the bowling of Samson that also cleared the ropes.

With the score at 78-3 in the 10th over the game was still very much in the balance but Israel couldn?t stem the continuous flow of runs. Choudhry brought up his 50 in the 14th over with a neat leg glance, coming off only 27 balls, and he then dispatched the next ball for a towering six into the table tennis centre. Khan reached his 50 a couple of overs later, a streaky edge off Nir Dokarkar going through third man for 4. The German captain then finished the game in style with a classy straight drive off Evans racing to the boundary.

Earlier, Daniel Hyman had been the main-stay of the Israeli innings, making a quick-fire 51. Kashif Haider was the pick of the German bowlers, returning the economical figures of 2-16 from 4 overs. The win lifts Germany off the bottom of Group B and sees Israel still yet to record a win.

A polished Jersey bowling and fielding performance helped them to a crushing 8-wicket victory against Belgium in Group B at Farmers. Having won the toss and fielding for the third game in a row, Jersey started strongly and reduced Belgium to 13-2 in the 4th over. Belgium then lost wickets at regular intervals with Jersey holding some good catches. Tony Carlyon took two in the deep, one to dismiss the captain Wagener and the other to remove Shahid Muhammad, whilst Ryan Driver clung on to a great catch diving forward at deep square leg to dismiss Farmiloe. At 42-7 it looked like Belgium might be rolled over for less than 50 but some determined lower-order hitting from wicket-keeper Ali Raza, who made 17 in 7 balls, helped Belgium towards respectability, eventually finishing 85 all out in 18.5 overs.

In response Jersey never looked in danger as Ryan Driver hit 26 off 16 balls, including three 4s and a six, whilst opener Ed Farley made 36 off 26 balls, including back-to-back sixes to finish the game. Jersey are now 2 points clear at the top of Group B and have all but secured a place in the semi-finals.

Denmark leapfrogged Belgium in Group B as they beat France by 8 wickets in a 14-over game at Grainville. With the start delayed due to a waterlogged pitch, the game was reduced to 14 overs and France scored a meagre 39-8 batting first. Denmark then made light work of the run-chase, knocking off the runs in 6.5 overs for the loss of only 2 wickets. Denmark now go on to meet Jersey this afternoon at Farmers in what will be another top-of-the-table clash.

Brief scores: (from the morning matches)

Group A:
Elizabeth College: Italy (2) beat Gibraltar (0) by 8 wickets.
Gibraltar 81-8 (20.0 overs, A Northcote 4-14, Alauddin 3-20)
Italy 82-2 (9.4 overs, A Northcote 37*)Group A
Port Soif: Norway (2) beat Croatia (0) by 7 wickets.
Croatia 105-4 (20.0 overs, P Vujnovich 48)
Norway 106-3 (19.1 overs, Iftikhar Hussain 56*)Group A
King George V: Austria (2) beat Guernsey (0) by 8 runs.
Austria 130-9 (20.0 overs, A Amandeep 40, T Ravenscroft 3-25)
Guernsey 122-6 (20.0 overs, J Frith 39)
Group B:
Farmers: Jersey (2) beat Belgium (0) by 8 wickets.
Belgium 85 (18.5 overs, A Hawkins-Kay 3-19)
Jersey 89-2 (11.2 overs, E Farley 36*)

Group B
Grainville: Denmark (2) beat France (0) by 8 wickets.
France 38-8 (14.0 overs)
Denmark 40-2 (6.5 overs)Group B
FB Fields: Germany (2) beat Israel (0) by 7 wickets.
Israel 138-6 (20.0 overs, D Hyman 51)
Germany 140-3 (16.5 overs, Imran Chaudry 60*, A Khan 59*)

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