Netherlands retain title

ICC Media Release
Sat, Aug 11, 2012 4:43 AM

Netherlands retain title
The Netherlands have retained the ICC Europe Under-15 title after a big win over Guernsey at KGV today.

Batting first after winning the toss, Guernsey batted cautiously, seemingly hoping to survive their fifty overs. Will Fazakerly scored a patient 44 before he was run out, and his dismissal sparked a collapse.

Faced with some tight bowling, the 20 overs of spin from Daniel Doram and Asad Zulfiqar going for just 27 runs, both taking a wicket, Guernsey lost wickets regularly. Sikander Zulfiqar came back towards the end of the innings and took three more wickets, ending with 4-29.

Guernsey had been bowled out for 112, with only the openers reaching double figures.

The Netherlands wasted little time in scoring those runs and reached their target in 22.4 overs to win by 8 wickets, Saqib Zulfiqar capping a good day for the Zulfiqar triplets by top scoring with an unbeaten 52.

Ireland have ensured that they will finish second in the 2012 European Division One Championship after beating Scotland today at Port Soif in Guernsey.

On a gloriously sunny day, Scotland captain Scott Cameron won the toss and elected to bat first and his team started well with an opening partnership of 33. But when captain Jack Tector brought himself on to bowl, they lost four wickets with only one run added to the score, Tector taking three of those wickets to fall.

Ben Wilkinson attempted to get the innings back on track with a fighting innings of 27 but when Gareth Delany had him stumped in the 24th over, the wheels came off the Scottish innings and they were bowled out for 110. Jack Tector finished with the tournament's only five wicket haul, taking 5-26, all without the assistance of a fielder.

Ireland had a brief session before lunch with the wicket of Aaron Gillespie falling. After lunch, Sonny Cott led the scoring with an innings of 46 and after he was out Gary McClintock took over, scoring an unbeaten 41 to take Ireland to an eight wicket win.

Brief scores:

Guernsey v Netherlands at KGV.
Netherlands win by 8 wickets
Toss: Guernsey
Guernsey 112 (49.3 overs) W Fazakerley 44, Sikander Zulfiqar 4-29
Netherlands 113-2 (22.4 overs) Saqib Zulfiqar 52*, D Doram 34

Ireland v Scotland (Click on the below link for further results)

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