Denmark rout Guernsey to reach the Final

Sun, Jul 24, 2011 9:56 AM

Denmark rout Guernsey to reach the Final
The Italian side who claimed their place in the final
Denmark recorded an emphatic 58 run victory over Guernsey at FB Fields in St Helier to seal their place in the tournament final but, more importantly, earn their place in the ICC World T20 global qualifier in Dubai in 2012.

After Denmark had made a well-compiled 136 for four in their 20 overs, Guernsey's batting fell apart after a bright start and collapsed to 44 for seven. Although the tailenders added some consolation runs, the game was effectively over at that stage. Excellent bowling and fielding by the Danes proved simply too much for Guernsey with just two batsmen, Ravenscroft and Moherndl, managing to reach double figures.

Winning the toss, Michael Pedersen decided to bat and his decision was justified right away as Freddie Klokker and Shehzad Ahmed put on 55 in the first eight overs before Klokker went down the pitch to slow left armer Jeremy Frith as was easily stumped by Kimber. Pedersen and Ahmed then took the score to 79 in the 12th over when Pedersen went back to Gary Rich and was bowled. Ahmed followed soon after when he skied Rich out to deep mid wicket and Kris Moherndl ran in to take a superb diving catch. Ahmed's 40 included a six and three fours.

The loss of these wickets reduced Denmark's momentum considerably with only one boundary coming in the next seven overs. However, the final over produced 16 runs as Aftab Ahmed cracked three boundaries. Despite the late flourish of runs, Guernsey must have felt that the target was well within their grasp. Although the first over of their innings produced two runs, 16 came from the next as Ravenscroft hit Bashir Shah for a four and a six.

However, Lee Savident fell in the next, bowled playing half-forward to Anjum. A couple of boundaries then followed from Ravenscroft but, trying to repeat a pull over mid-on which had brought him a boundary from the previous delivery, he only succeeded in finding the hands of Michael Pedersen at mid-on. Wickets then fell rapidly as the Guernsey batsmen played a series of over-adventurous shots which the situation did not require. Kimber holed out to mid off in the 6th over and Le Prevost played a heave two overs later and was bowled. Bashir Shah then took three wickets in an over - Frith was bowled, Smit went for a big hit and skied it to extra cover and Kneller was stumped - and so ended Guernsey's hopes of a place in Dubai. Bashir Shah ended with four for 23, while Michael Pedersen took two for 8 in his four overs.

Italy has taken their place in the final of the ICC European Division One Championship with a win over Jersey at Farmers Field today, but more importantly they have booked their ticket on the plane to Dubai for the ICC World Twenty20 global qualifier early next year.

Italian captain Alessandro Bonora won the toss for the first time in the tournament, and didn't hesitate to bat on a pretty good looking Farmers Field wicket. Wicket-keeper Hayden Patrizi got their innings off to a good start, scoring 28 from 25 balls before he decided to give bowler Ben Stevens some catching practice by lobbing it straight back to him.

Jersey were rotating their bowlers regularly, not letting the Italian batsmen settle, but Damian Crowley wasn't fazed by their tactics, scoring 55 from 44 balls, with three big sixes whilst his team mates attempted to rotate the strike back to him, losing their wickets in the process. Crowley was dismissed from the penultimate ball of the 18th over with the score on 117-6, and the next three partnerships took the score to 133-8. Ben Stevens was the pick of the Jersey bowlers with 2-29.

Jersey's reply initially progressed in similar fashion to the Italian innings, With Peter Gough attempting to play something of an anchor role. He was running between the wickets well, turning ones into twos and twos into threes, but neither he nor the other Jersey batsmen were scoring enough boundaries, and that was to be their downfall.

They were well on track and ahead of the required rate at one point, having scored 77-3 after 11 overs. But from then on, their run rate began to drop and the next four overs yielded only 17 runs. The sixteenth over was bowled by Damian Crowley, and he took two wickets in the over to add to his fine half century. In the last five overs, Jersey scored 21-4, which simply isn't good enough in Twenty20 cricket and finished on 119-9 to lose by 14 runs.

With Denmark defeating Guernsey in the other semi-final this has set up an Italy v Denmark final and an all Channel Islands contest in the third place play-off.

Norway defeated Belgium by 3 wickets at Les Quennevais to reach a fifth place play-off against France. Winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, Norway restricted Belgium to 119-8 in 20 overs. Norway’s bowlers started well with the new ball, dismissing both of the Belgian openers with only 11 runs on the board. Belgium then stuttered to 64-6 before Simon Newport (24) and Shaival Mehta (15) put together a useful 44-run partnership. Ali Raza also chipped in with some useful runs down the order, making a brisk 31 in 25 balls.

In reply Norway initially struggled to 21-3 but Zaheer Ashiq (26) and Muhammed Zeeshan Ali (26) stabilised the innings with a 29-run partnership. Ali then fell to Akshat Sanghvi but a fine knock from Iftikhar Hussain, making 31 in 26 balls including two 6’s, saw the Norwegians home with 4 balls to spare.

17-year old leg-spinner Zika Ali inspired France to a 5-run victory over Austria in the fifth-place play-off semi-final at Grainville. Defending a total of 113, France bowled some tight lines early on to restrict Austria to 21-1 in 6 overs. Ali then picked up the key wicket of the dangerous Amar Naeem for 17, clipping the top of leg-stump as the Austrian opener tried to cut off the back foot. Austria were then three down two balls later as Ali picked up his second victim, new batsman Andrew Simpson-Parker offering the simplest of return catches to depart without scoring.

After 12 overs the score was 54-3 and the game was still very much in the balance. Austrian hopes now rested on the shoulders of the in-batsman Amandeep Amandeep (25), so when he too fell to Ali in the 16th over to leave Austria 79-5, smartly stumped by Waseem Bhatti, France could scent victory. And so it proved, the French bowlers holding their nerve to restrict Austria to 108-9 in 20 overs. Ali finished with the impressive figures of 4-12 and is now the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.

Earlier Austria had won the toss and elected to field, keeping France to 113-6 in their 20 overs. Vice-captain Ayun Ayyavooraju was the mainstay of the French innings, making 48 in 50 balls including three 4s and a 6. He shared in a crucial 51-run partnership with Usman Khan (24), helping France to a competitive total having been in danger at a precarious 51-4. Imran Asif and Munir Ahmed were the pick of the Austrian bowlers, taking 2-15 and 2-26 respectively.

The win sees France progress to the fifth place play-off where they will play Norway at Farmers tomorrow. Austria will meet Belgium in the seventh place play-off at Grainville.

Gibraltar defeated Israel by 43 runs in a relatively low scoring encounter at Les Quennevais. Having been inserted by Israel, it was Dave Coram who once again led the way for Gibraltar. He has been their most consistent performer this week with the bat, and he top scored again for them with 32 from 34 balls, hitting one six and one four.

Iain Latin (16), Mark Bacarese (11) and Ian Farrell (10) were the other double figure contributors, but to be truthful a total of 110 all out looked to be below par at the halfway stage. Skipper Herschel Gutman set an example by taking 3 for 15, while Josh Evans also bowled well to claim 3 for 19. The other wicket takers were David Massil (1-18), Eliezer Samson (1-25) and Yaniv Ravpurker (1-28).

In reply Andrew Reyes (2-12) and Mark Bacarese (1-7) had Israel in all sorts of trouble straight from the off, and at 44 for 7 there was to be no way back for them. Eitamar Kehimkar with 18 was the only batsman to make double figures, before being dismissed by Kieron Ferrary (1-16), who showed his all-round abilities by taking off the wicket-keeping pads to claim the final wicket. Ross Harkins bowled superbly to claim 3 for 6, while Iain Latin’s leg spin saw him pick up 2 for 23 as Israel were all out for just 67 in 18.1 overs.

Germany smashed the biggest score of the tournament so far as they won their ninth place play-off semi-final by 90 runs against Croatia. Winning the toss and batting first, Germany made 222-7 in 20 overs. Captain Asif Khan (56) and Dilshan Rajudeen (44) set the platform for the big total, putting on 79 for the second wicket as they both found the short boundaries at Victoria College with ease.

Rajudeen in particular played some classy shots, the pick being a clean strike that sailed over straight midwicket for 6. And it took a moment of magic to dismiss the German opener, Michael Grzinic diving to his right to take a superb catch at deep square leg off the bowling of Paul Vujnovich. Khan went on to get his 50 in a mere 23 balls, including six 4s and two 6s, but then perished in the 12th over, well caught at long-off attempting to hit slow left-armer Craig Sinovitch for a maximum. Cameos from the German middle and lower order then kept up the momentum, Imran Chaudhry (24), Kashif Haider (37*) and Kashif Mahmood (39) all hitting the ball sweetly to lead their team to a total of 222-7 in 20 overs.

In reply Croatia never really got going, slumping to 28-2 in 5 overs. Nikola Davidovich then made a valiant 47 from 30 balls, including three 4s and three 6s, but his side could only finish on 132-8 in 20 overs, handing Germany a comfortable win.

Germany will now return to Victoria College for their ninth place play-off against Gibraltar tomorrow, whilst Croatia will play Israel in the eleventh place play-off at Les Quennevais.

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