Four teams tied ahead of final round of matches
Mon, May 11, 2015 9:17 PM
The second day of Pepsi ICC Europe Division 1 has seen the tournament blown wide open as four teams go into the final day of competition tied on equal points. In the afternoon’s matches Italy defeated Guernsey by five wickets, Jersey secured a 19-run victory over France, and Denmark beat Norway by three wickets.
Openers Andy Northcote (39) and Peter Petricola (33) powered Italy to a five-wicket victory over an unbeaten Guernsey in 17.2 overs to leave the competition wide open. Earlier in the afternoon Rizwan Tanweer had put Italy in a winning position after four wickets for 10 runs in three overs. Carl Sandri again contributed with 3-33 including a stunning catch off his own bowling. Guernsey’s Matt Stokes (30) and David Hooper (26) had been the main run contributors for Guernsey taken them to 122 all out, but it was not enough and Italy secured victory.
Jersey got its tournament back on track after a loss in the morning match defeating France by 19 runs at Grainville. Ben Stevens (34) and Anthony Hawkins-Kay (25) were the main run scorers for Jersey, with Usman Khan (3-40) performing with the ball for France. The run chase for France looked to be on course as Hamza Niaz (38 not out) and Williamdeep Singh (38) batted well, but Jersey took key wickets and ran out winners by 19 runs.
Denmark defeated Norway in a tight finish at FB Fields in the afternoon’s other match. Norway posted 139 for nine as Ehtsham Ul-Haq (26) and Mofassar Saeed (32 not out four fours, one six), Raja Basit Javed took 3 wickets for 21 runs. The Danish chase centered on opening batsman Freddie Klokker who scored 82 runs from 59 balls including five fours and three sixes, Pedersen (11) and Shah (11) helped Denmark get over the line with two balls to spare winning by three wickets.
In the morning’s matches, hosts Jersey lost its first match against a much-improved Danish side. Some good Danish bowling restricted Jersey to 119 for seven with Jonty Jenner (26), Ben Stevens (25) and Cornelis Bodenstein (22) the top scorers. The Danish openers Freddie Klokker (33, seven fours) and Aftab Ahmed (30) took the attack to the Jersey bowlers, some Jersey wickets did slow down the run rate, but Denmark chased down the winning runs in 16.4 overs.
At Farmers Italy beat Norway convincingly by 140 runs as they posted a huge 214 for five in 20 overs. Peter Petricola was top scorer with 70 runs from 38 balls scoring eight fours and two sixes. Carl Sandri (50 not out) and Dinidu Marage (43) contributed with two important innings to leave Norway chasing a big target. Completing an all round team performance bowlers Madup Fernando (2-11) and Carl Sandri (2-10) left Norway on 74 runs for nine after 20 overs.
Guernsey ensured a 100% record as they defeated France by five wickets at FB Fields. France captain Arun Ayyavooraju (31 not out) was top scorer and Waseem Bhatti (22) contributed to lead France to 124 for seven. Guernsey captain Nussbaumer (22) got his team off to a good start, Ben Ferbrache contributed with 16, before Martin (33) led Guernsey to victory by five wickets.
It’s all to play for on the final day of competition.
Scores in brief
Italy 214 for five, 20.6 overs (P Petricola 70, C Sandri 50 not out; P Thangavadivel 2-25)
Norway 74 for nine, 20 overs (S Hayat 20; C Sandri 2-20)
Italy won by 140 runs
Jersey 119 for seven, 20 overs (J Jenner 26, B Stevens 25; A Ahmed 2-24)
Denmark 123 for three, 16.4 overs (F Klokker 33, A Ahmed 30; C Perchard 1-7)
Denmark won by seven wickets
At FB Fields
France 127 for seven, 20 overs (A Ayyavooraju 31 not out, W Bhatti 22; J Martel 2-22)
Guernsey 128 for five, 18.4 overs (J Martin 33 not out, J Nussbuamer 22; R Ehsann 2-23)
Guernsey won by five wickets
Guernsey 122 all out, 19.4 overs (M Stokes 30, D Hooper 26; R Tanweer 4-10)
Italy 123 for five, 17.2 overs (A Northcote 39, P Petricola 33, D Hooper 2-16)
Italy won by five wickets
Jersey 144 for eight, 20.6 overs (B Stevens 34, A Hawkins-Kay 25; U Khan 3-40)
France125 for six, 20 overs (Hamza Niaz 38 not out, W Singh 38, B Stevens 2-17)
Jersey won by 19 runs
At FB Fields
Norway 139 for nine, 20 overs (M Saeed 32 not out, E Ul Haq 26; B Javed 3-21)
Denmark 140 for seven, 20 overs (F Klokker 82; S Umran 2-21)
Denmark won by three wickets