Guernsey beat Gibraltar to seal their place in semis

Fri, Jul 22, 2011 10:41 PM

Guernsey beat Gibraltar to seal their place in semis
Dave Coram is bowled by James Nussbaumer
An unbroken fifth wicket stand of 78 in just 53 balls between Jeremy Frith and Ross Kneller helped Guernsey to a six wicket win over Gibraltar at College Field and a place in tomorrow’s semi-finals.

Chasing 117 for the win, Guernsey lost two wickets in the first over as both Tim Ravenscroft and Tom Kimber fell to Mark Bacarese (2-15), to silence the sizeable home support. Andrew Reyes (1-17) trapped Lee Savident in front to leave it 10 for 3, and when Ross Hawkins bowled Guernsey captain Stuart Le Prevost for 18, the game was very much in the balance.

The experienced Frith however remained calm and in conjunction with Kneller ensured the target was reached with 15 balls to spare. Frith struck two fours in his 44 from 43 balls, while Kneller was the more aggressive, hitting 5 fours in his unbeaten 40 from just 29 balls.

Guernsey had bowled steadily, with all the bowlers keeping Gibraltar in check. Gary Rich (2-15) and James Nussbaumer (2-28) were the most successful, with Stuart Bisson (1-12) and Tim Ravenscroft (1-24) the other wicket takers.

Dave Coram (36) anchored the Gibraltar innings, while Mark Bacarese (14) and Iain Latin (12) were the other players to reach double figures. A final total of 116 proved competitive, but not quite enough in the final analysis.

Opening batsman Frederik Klokker smashed an unbeaten 91 to lead Denmark to a 92 run win over Germany, putting them top of Group B and cementing their place in the semi-finals.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first at Farmers, Denmark amassed 166-1 in 20 overs, Klokker leading from the front with a score of 91 off 62 balls including six 4s and three 6s. Klokker had put on 69 for the first wicket with fellow opener Shehzad Ahmed (30), who was then stumped in the 9th over off leg-spinner Kashif Haider. This brought captain Michael Pedersen to the crease and he continued his good form of yesterday to make 38 in 33 balls including two 6s.

In reply Germany struggled from the outset, slumping to 28-3 in 5.1 overs as they lost the key men of Rajudeen, Khan and Chaudhry. Matters got worse when they were 41-7 in 8.4 overs as Denmark’s spinners ripped through the German middle order.

Germany finished on 74-9 in 16.1 overs with Rana-Javed Iqbal unable to bat due to an injury, handing Denmark a comprehensive victory and setting up a semi-final clash with Guernsey tomorrow. Bashir Shah was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-8 in 4 overs and skipper Pedersen took 3-9 in 3 overs.

Jersey beat France by 8 wickets in Group B to book their place in the semi-finals and a clash against Group A winners Italy. Chasing a total of 98 in glorious sunshine at FB Fields, opener Ed Farley made an unbeaten 57, including six 4s and a 6, as Jersey eased to victory in 14.5 overs. Farley rode his luck at times, almost run-out on three occasions and dropped on the boundary when on 45, but he managed to survive and, with captain Peter Gough (16*), saw Jersey home comfortably.

Although it was a straight-forward victory France had earlier looked dangerous having won the toss and elected to bat, opener Ramesh Sithambaranathan (25) smashing Ryan Driver for six into the car park off the third ball of the innings. France were going well at 32-0 in 5 overs but then left-arm spinner Ben Stevens removed Sithambaranathan, stumped by Ed Farley as he overstretched playing a drive.

This shifted the momentum as only 17 came from the next 5 overs, Jersey turning the screw with medium-pacers Carlyon, Vautier and Perchard all bowling a good line and length. France then continued to struggle to find the boundary and finished on 98-7 in 20 overs. It was a total that was to be 50 or 60 short of par.

Italy have secured their place in the semi-finals after a big win over Norway at KGV in a winner takes all match today.

Put into bat, Italy started their innings badly when Hayden Patrizi was bowled by Waheed Aamir in the first over, but the second wicket pair recovered well with a 70 run partnership before Andrew Northcote was out for 39, made from 29 balls. The next partnership really took the game away from Norway with Damian Crowley scoring 77 from 59 balls and Peter Petricola smashing 48 from just 29 balls. They took Italy's score to 185-2 in their 20 overs.

That was to prove too difficult a target for Norway to chase. Italian captain Alessandro Bonora rotated his bowlers frequently, rarely giving anyone a two over spell and not allowing the batsmen to settle. Adeel Ibrar scored 33, but he was the only Norwegian player to get a start, and they succumbed for 87-9, with their wicket-keeper unable to bat after injuring himself in the field. Italy will now play Jersey in tomorrow's semi-final, whilst Norway will play Belgium in the crossover fixtures.

A remarkable all round and record breaking display from Amar Naeem has given Austria their third win of the tournament at Port Soif today.

Naeem smashed an unbeaten century from just 63 balls, his second fifty coming from a remarkable 19 balls. At one point he took 22 off a single over. His chanceless innings took Austria to a formidable 176-3 from their 20 overs and was the first century of the tournament, and the first for Austria in Twenty20 cricket. Imran Asif also chipped in with an unbeaten 35 from 30 balls.

It was a difficult run chase for the Croatian batsmen, but they set about their run chase in fine style, with opener Christopher Pivac racing to 64 from 46 balls when he was second out with the score on 94-2. His dismissal sparked a collapse in the Croatian batting line-up, as they collapsed to 125 all out with Amar Naeem recording a remarkable five stumpings. Austria finished third in their group and will play France in the crossover fixtures.

Israel crashed to their fifth consecutive defeat as they lost to Belgium by 5 wickets at Les Quennevais.

Israel lost the toss and were put into bat, a good decision by the Belgians as they dismissed the two Israeli openers, Hyman and Nagavkar, for 0. Eshkol Solomon (25) and Daniel Hotz (40) then put on 36 to steady the innings but wickets fell at regular intervals and Israel finished 106 all out in 19.3 overs. The Belgian bowlers shared around the wickets with Waqas Shafiq being the most economical, taking 7-2 in 4 overs.

In response Belgium got off to a solid start, openers Nirvam Shah (11) and Ali Raza (14) sharing in a stand of 30. They then suffered a mini-collapse as they fell to 57-5, with young leg-spinner Josh Evans picking up three of the top-order wickets to fall. However, a run-a-ball 28 from Simon Newport and Nadeem Khan’s 24 off 19 balls dashed any hopes Israel had of victory, the Belgian pair getting their side home with 2 overs to spare. Belgium’s win sees them finish 3rd in Group B, setting up a fixture against Norway in the crossover matches.

Israel meanwhile will play Gibraltar at Les Quennevais.

Brief scores: (from the morning matches)

Group A:
Elizabeth College: Guernsey (2) beat Gibraltar (0) by 6 wickets.
Gibraltar 116-8 (20 overs, D Coram 36)
Guernsey 117-4 (17.3 overs, J Frith 44*, R Kneller 40*)
Port Soif: Austria (2) beat Croatia (0) by 52 runs.
Austria 176-3 (20 overs, A Naeem 100*)
Croatia 125 (18.5 overs, C Pivac 64)
King George V: Italy (2) beat Norway (0) by 98 runs.
Italy 185-2 (20 overs, D Crowley 77*, P Petricola 48*, A Northcote 39)
Norway 87-9 (17.2 overs, A Ibrar 33)
Group B:
FB Fields: Jersey (2) beat France (0) by 8 wickets.
France 98-6 (20 overs)
Jersey 99-2 (14.5 overs, E Farley 57*)
Farmers: Denmark (2) beat Germany (0) by 92 runs.
Denmark 166-1 (20 overs, F Klokker 91*, M Pedersen 38*, S Ahmed 30)
Germany 74-9 (16.1 overs, B Shah 4-8, M Pedersen 3-9)
Les Quennevais 1: Belgium (2) beat Israel (0) by 5 wickets.
Israel 106 (19.3 overs)
Belgium 107-5 (17.5 overs)

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