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ICC European U19 Division 2 Championship Match Fixtures Announced

Icc Europe Media Release
Mon, Jul 20, 2009 7:17 PM


Championship receives boost of local support from corporate sponsors

ICC Europe has today announced the tournament fixture schedule for the upcoming ICC European U19 Division 2 Championship to be held in Antwerp and Brussels, Belgium.

This will be the third time that a Division 2 tournament has been staged at this age group and will see the U19 national squads from Belgium, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Israel, Italy and Isle of Man contest the Championship title over a series of 50-over and Twenty20 matches.

Officiating at the tournament will be a ten-strong team of umpires from eight European countries - one of the largest and most diverse teams to officiate at an ICC European Championship.

Commenting on the tournament, ICC Europe Regional Development Manager Richard Holdsworth said, "The U19 competition is of particular importance to national development programmes and player pathways as it gives young cricketers a taste of international cricket before they play for their country's senior side.

"With seven teams participating, this event is one of the larger tournaments in Europe this summer. There is nothing greater than representing your country in any sport and to be able to do so prior to senior level will hopefully inspire continued growth and development of cricketers in our junior age groups."

Following the healthy level of media and online interest shown during last week's U19 Division 1 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Jersey Richard Holdsworth is confident that the upcoming Division 2 tournament will help to raise the profile of the sport in some of its lesser known Associate and Affiliate members, including host Belgium.

Belgium has been an Associate Member of the ICC since 2005 and has previously hosted a number of ICC European tournaments. Today, 17 clubs and two schools programmes belong to the Belgian Cricket Federation. In addition, there are a number of teams representing businesses and other organisations playing in a mid-week Twenty20 competition and other non-League events across eight cricket grounds in Belgium.

As a testament to the growing corporate interest in the sport, this year's event has secured the support of two official event partners Arjav Diamonds NV and Diarough NV, both Belgium-based diamond specialists with sales and manufacturing offices worldwide.

"Arjav Diamonds is delighted to be a sponsor of this year's ICC European U/19 Division 2 Championships in Belgium" said Ashit Mehta, Managing Director of Arjav Diamonds. "National teams in Belgium have been well supported by Cricket Belgium and ICC Europe over the years and we are very pleased to be able to play a role in helping to raise the profile of the sport we all enjoy so much."

Echoing Mehta's support, Diarough NV's Managing Director Saurin Parikh added, "We trust that all teams will enjoy their stay in Belgium and that the cricket will demonstrate just how far the sport has progressed in Europe in recent years.

"We've always been proud supporters of Belgian cricket and are very happy to extend this support to a European level."

The seven-day ICC European U19 Division 2 tournament starts on August 3rd 2009 and will see 21 matches (fourteen 50-over and seven Twenty20 fixtures) played at Royal Brussels, Mechelen, and Antwerp Indians grounds.

For more information about Arjav Diamonds NV and Diarough NV please visit http://www.arjavdiamonds.com and http://www.diarough.com

Day/DateMatchVenueStart timeFormat
     
Day 1 - Mon 3rd Belgium v France Royal Brussels 11.00 50 over
  Israel v Germany Antwerp Indians 10.00 50 over
  Isle of Man v Italy Mechelen 11.00 50 over
  Gibraltar (Rest Day)    
         
Day 2 - Tues 4th Israel v Belgium Mechelen 11.00 50 over
  Isle of Man v France Antwerp Indians 10.00 50 over
  Gibraltar v Germany Royal Brussels 11.00 50 over
  Italy (Rest Day)    
         
Day 3 - Wed 5th Isle of Man v Israel Antwerp Indians 9.00 - 12.00 T20
  Gibraltar v Isle of Man Antwerp Indians 12.30 - 3.30 T20
  Gibraltar vs Belgium Antwerp Indians 4.00 - 7.00 T20
       
         
  Germany vs Belgium Mechelen 9.00 - 12.00 T20
  Italy vs France Mechelen 12.30 - 3.30 T20
  Italy vs Israel Mechelen 4.00 - 7.00 T20
       
         
Day 4 - Thur 6th Reserve Day      
         
         
Day 5 - Fri 7th Italy v Gibraltar Antwerp Indians 10.00 50 over
  Germany v Isle of Man Royal Brussels 11.00 50 over
  France v Israel Mechelen 11.00 50 over
  Belgium (Rest Day)    
         
Day 6 - Sat 8th Germany v Italy Mechelen 11.00 50 over
  France v Gibraltar Royal Brussels 11.00 50 over
  Belgium v Isle of Man Antwerp Indians 10.00 50 over
  Israel (Rest Day)    
         
Day 7 - Sun 9th France v Germany TBC   T20
  Belgium v Italy TBC   50 over
  Israel v Gibraltar TBC   50 over
  Isle of Man (Rest Day)    



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