Isle of Man in final after easy win over Spain, Gibraltar record first win

Tue, Aug 2, 2011 11:41 AM

Isle of Man in final after easy win over Spain, Gibraltar record first win
The Isle of Man have qualified for the final of the ICC European Under 19 Division Two Championship after a big win over Spain at King William's College today.

After winning the toss, the hosts quickly elected to bowl first in overcast and slightly damp conditions. They then tore through the Spanish top order, reducing them to 29-6. Matthew Ansell took four wickets, including three in four balls, just missing a hat-trick when a ball bounced just over the top of the stumps.

Spain staged a mini recovery, but were eventually bowled out for just 79, extras being the top scorer with 21.

This was never going to be enough and the Manxmen easily knocked off the required runs in 13.3 overs to win by six wickets, Jake Rowlands hitting 39 from 40 balls including three sixes to secure his teams place in tomorrow's final against Denmark.

Over at Vagabonds, Gibraltar recorded their first win of the tournament, beating Germany by 7 wickets.

Batting first after winning the toss, Germany collapsed from 88-2 to 113 all out, Guy Dumas taking 5-29. Konrad Fuchs was the top scorer for Germany with 33.

Gibraltar's reply started badly when Matthew Hunter was dismissed with the score on five, but Guy Dumas and Kayron Stagno then put on 69 for the second wicket before Dumas was out for 25. Stagno stayed in to the end of the innings, hitting 62 from 63 balls to secure a seven wicket win for his team.

Two days off for Denmark didn't stop their winning ways as they eased to a six wicket win over Israel at Cronkbourne.

Israel won the toss and elected to bat first. A 37 run partnership for the second wicket between Josh Evans and Raphael Schachat initially had Israel looking quite good, before Evans was out for 31.

But his dismissal saw something of a collapse take place and Israel were bowled out for exactly 100. Schachat stayed in until the end of the innings to score an unbeaten 26, whilst Aqeel Amjad was the pick of the bowlers with 3-25.

The target was little trouble for Denmark, and they reached the required runs in 25.3 overs to win by six wickets. Josh Evans bowled well for Israel, taking 3-31 in yet another fine performance by him.

Denmark will now play tomorrow's final against the Isle of Man, whilst Israel will play in the fifth place play-off.

At St John's the overnight rain meant that play didn't get underway until 2:30pm, with the match reduced to a 33 over contest, with Norway electing to bat first after winning the toss.

Norway were soon on 21-4, but Danish Ashfaq played a fine innings, scoring 54 not out to take Norway to 120, aided by some below par fielding from Belgium. Waqas Shafiq was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for just eight runs, though once he finished bowling, the Belgian attack struggled to contain Ashfaq.

That should have been a relatively straightforward run chase for the Belgians. But a much improved fielding performance from Norway, as well as some excellent bowling from Syed Mosawar Ahmad, who took 5-19, saw Belgium bowled out for just 70, losing by 50 runs.

Norway's performance wasn't enough to lift them off the bottom of the group though, and they will face Germany in tomorrow's ninth place play-off. Belgium will take on Gibraltar for seventh place.

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