Denmark clinch title with clinical win over Isle of Man

Wed, Aug 3, 2011 11:05 AM

Denmark clinch title with clinical win over Isle of Man
Denmark have won the ICC European Under 19 Division Two Championship after beating the Isle of Man in the final at King William's College today.

There was worry when the officials arrived at King William's College this morning for the final of the ICC European Under 19 Division Two championship to find a damp patch on the pitch right on a good length.

A heavily shortened game was feared, but some sterling work from the ground staff enabled play to start at 12:45, with the match only being reduced to 42 overs. The game got started in rather foggy conditions, with Denmark opting to bat first after winning the toss.

The sun eventually came out, with the hosts enjoying some significant local support, and that support inspired the hosts early on, and they had Denmark struggling on 80-5 after 20 overs, with Alex Stokoe taking three of those early wickets.

Denmark never really recovered; struggling against the Manx spinners in what was by far their toughest test so far in the tournament. They were eventually dismissed almost an hour before the scheduled lunch interval for 140, Sebastian Aycock being the pick of the bowlers with 3-24.

The Isle of Man reply got off to a terrible start, losing their first two wickets with no runs on the board, and the third with just two scored. They recovered from that point to reach 23-3 from 11 overs, at which point lunch was called, but they were still in a rather perilous position.

After the lunch interval, the Isle of Man managed to bat out the tricky first couple of overs, but lost two more wickets soon after, and were on the back foot at 45-5 from 20 overs. They never got back into the game from that point, and were bowled out for 80, losing by 60 runs.

Denmark will now play in the next European Under-19 Division One tournament, where they will come up against Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, Jersey and Guernsey.

At Cronkbourne, Italy won the toss and elected to bat against France. An innings of 47 from Abdur Bhuiyan led them to a total of 167 before they were bowled out after 49 overs.

In reply, France initially collapsed to 29-5. But a fine sixth wicket partnership between Zika Ali and William Smati got them back into the game. When Ali was out for 40, Smati and his captain Liddiard then brought the scores level before Liddiard was bowled with one over to go.

Cool as you like, Smati stroked the first ball of the last over for four to secure a three wicket win and third place for France, taking his personal score to an unbeaten and match winning 59.

In the fifth place play off between Israel and Spain, Spain won the toss and elected to bowl first in what were initially damp and foggy conditions. With Michael Cohen out from the first ball of the innings, it seemed to be the correct decision.

As the sun began to shine, the runs began to flow. Tournament MVP Josh Evans scored 57, whilst Nir Dokarker scored a fine 68 from 74 balls to take Israel's total to 232-7 from their 50 overs.

In reply, Spain soon collapsed to 19-7, with Shalom Kristi taking four wickets and Shifron Waskar taking three. A late order recovery was not enough, and Spain were bowled out for 52, losing by 180 runs.

In the seventh place play off at Vagabonds, Belgium won the toss and elected to bat first. A fine innings of 83 from Shaival Mehta took them to a competitive total of 197-8 in their 43 overs, Fraser McRae also chipping in with 34 from 45 balls.

In reply, only Scott Chipolina reached double figures for Gibraltar as they were dismissed for 65, losing by 132 runs. Shalin Shah was the pick of the Belgian bowlers with 4-26.

The ninth place play-off at St Johns was between Germany and Norway, with neither team wanting to finish in last place.

Norway won the toss and elected to bat. After losing Tassam Ajaib from the first ball of the match, Norway recovered to score 182 in 41.5 overs, helped along by 34 extras. Oliver Filby was the pick of the German bowlers with 4-21.

In reply, Germany had no answer to a devastating spell of bowling from Syed Mosawar Ahmad, who took 7-27 to bowl the Germans out for just 57, losing by 125 runs. The Germans go home in last place and without a win.

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