Belgium Under-17s Triumph In Germany

Belgium beat Italy in a very close final of the ICC European U17 Division 2 Championship at the JHQ1 Moenchengladbach Cricket Ground in Germany. The Belgian side, led by 16-year-old Sebastian Shukla, reached the target of 178 set by the Italians in the final over of the innings. Earlier in the day, having won the toss, Belgium put Italy in to bat. The Italians made 177 for 9 wickets from 40 overs. 15 year-old Abdur Rahaman Bhuiyan top scored for Italy with 41. Akshat Sanghvi performed the best for Belgium producing bowling figures of 3-13. The Belgium side required the use of all its overs to win the match, reaching 178 in the 40th over. Captain Shukla led the way making an impressive 41, whilst Sanghvi added to his excellent bowling performance finishing up on 35 not out. The ten participating countries had been divided into two groups for the week-long tournament, with the play-offs taking place to decide the winners and rankings. After the group stages Italy stood at the top of Group A with Israel coming a close second. The Isle of Man took third place, France fourth, and host Germany fifth. Group B was topped by Belgium followed by Spain in second. Switzerland took the third spot, Gibraltar fourth and Greece held up the bottom of the table. In the 3rd/4th place play-off Spain beat Israel at Bonn by just 5 runs to take third place. Spain, after winning the toss, opted to bat and put up a total of 155 in 35.3 overs. Andre Sivier made 55 with the bat and Israel’s Shalom Kristi finished with excellent figures of 4-39. Israel made a gutsy reply, but fell 5 runs short of the total, all-out for 150 in the 39th over. Gabriel Schachat was the highest scorer with 56. Spain’s Brad Seekings cause the most damage to the Israel batting line-up taking 3 for 12. Elsewhere the Isle of Man beat Gibraltar by 7 runs at Bochum to take fifth place and France took seventh place from Switzerland after victory at the JHQ2 Moenchengladbach Cricket Ground. There was some consolation for the host side as Germany claimed its first victory of the tournament over Hellas (Greece) winning by 51 runs to take ninth place. © ICC Europe