Friday 7 September 2012 

Hosts Hellas Win Twice But Fall Short

Hosts Hellas Win Twice But Fall Short
Hosts Hellas Win Twice But Fall Short
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Sweden made short work of Croatia, bowling their opponents out for 63, 20 of which came from wides. Only captain John Vujnovich was able to reach double figures, with the Croatians contributing to their own misfortunes with three run-outs.

Khalid Ahmad and Aman Momand picked up two wickets apiece in economical spells, Khalid conceding 12 runs and Momand 15.

Sadat Sidiqi went after the Croatian bowlers from the outset of the Swedish reply, and with Shahid Mustafa in a supportive role the openers put on a rapid 32. Michael Grzini? eventually removed Mustafa, but Sidiqi continued in partnership with Sunny Sharma, and when the latter was dismissed by Josip Juki? only two runs were required for victory.

Sidiqi finished it off soon afterwards, finishing on 40 not out from 28 deliveries as Sweden won with almost nine overs to spare.

Batsmen dominated the clash between Israel and Estonia at Ropa No. 1, with Nand Lal Riar making a 34-ball 59 and sharing an opening stand of 57 with a patient Mart Tammoja, and Tim Filer making an unbeaten 48 as Estonia put on a creditable 154 for three.

Riar also caused the Israelis problems with the ball, snatching two quick wickets as Israel slumped to 7 for three. But Eshkol Solomon, who has been their most consistent batsman throughout the tournament, put on 55 with Gabi Schachat and 86 with Danny Hotz to turn the game around, and Israel reached their target with ten balls to spare and five wickets in hand.

Solomon finished with an undefeated 85, made from 52 deliveries with seven fours and two sixes, while Riar ended on two for 20 from his three overs.