A win for Spain on a day of rain

Mon, Aug 1, 2011 10:42 AM

A win for Spain on a day of rain
On a day of rain at Vagabonds, Spain secured their first win of the tournament, beating Germany when bad light finally brought an end to the match at 7.30pm.

In a match initially reduced to 43 overs, Germany won the toss and elected to bat first. A 45 ball half century from captain Steven Richards led them to a total of 122-6 from 28 overs before rain brought an end to their innings.

After a lengthy rain delay, play resumed with Spain needing to chase 154 in 28 overs to secure their first win of the tournament.

Spain initially seemed to be scoring at too slow a rate, but when bad light finally brought an end to the days play with seven wickets down, they needed to be at 124 and were on 129-7, winning by three wickets.

In the other Group A match at St John's between the Isle of Man and Italy, the weather prevented play from starting at all, and both teams received one point each.

Tomorrow's final matches in Group A will see the Isle of Man take on Spain, with the hosts needing a win to reach the final. In the other match, Germany will play Gibraltar.

Group B of the ICC European Under 19 Division Two championship saw both matches record a result, with France and Israel beating Norway and Belgium respectively.

A delayed start at Cronkbourne reduced the match between France and Norway to 47 overs, and France quickly had the Norwegians on the back foot with captain Thomas Liddiard bowling well with three wickets to reduce Norway to 21-4.

France let Norway back in a little though, conceding 21 runs in extras, and when rain brought an early end to their innings, Norway had scored 86-6 in 27 overs.

After a lengthy rain delay, during which both teams entertained themselves by watching the England v India Test match on television, play got back underway at 5.30pm, with France needing 93 in 25 overs to win the match.

Sensing the prospect of more rain in the air, France set about chasing down the target in rapid fashion. Usman Shahid scored 41 from 39 balls and William Smati scored 38 in 31 balls to secure a nine wicket win for France in their final group game.

In the Israel v Belgium game at King William's College, play started late, but it was the only game not to see a reduction in overs.

Put into bat by Belgium, Israel scored 195-9 from their 50 overs, Josh Evans leading the way with 65. Belgium experimented with their bowlers, using nine in all, but Waqas Shafiq was the pick of the bunch with 4-35.

In reply, Robert Sehmi scored a battling 42, but no other batsman reached double figures and Belgium were bowled out for 124, Raphael Schachat taking 5-23.

Group B concludes tomorrow with Denmark playing Israel and Belgium playing Norway.

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