Italy Snatch Victory From Jaws Of Defeat
Italy eventually pulled off their third win of the tournament, but they did their best to lose the game after a batting collapse against Gibraltar at King William's College.
Gibraltar had won the toss and chose to bat first, a surprising decision given the initially overcast conditions and slightly damp pitch, which led to the match being reduced to 41 overs. They struggled against the Italian bowling, with Scott Chipolina the only player to reach double figures with 21, batting with a runner for part of his innings.
Gibraltar were bowled out for 78 in 27.3 overs, with Roshendra Abeywickrama and Muhammad Asghar both taking three wickets.
In reply, Italy started very badly in pursuit of such a low total. Matthew Hunter sliced through their top order, taking five wickets to leave them reeling on 25-5. The innings turned after Julian Freyone took the sixth Italian wicket.
He followed that wicket with six big wides in the same over, and Italy were back on track. Jakub Perat played a battling innings, scoring 29 from 48 balls, and helped by 29 extras, Italy passed their required target with more than 20 overs to spare.
Over at Cronkbourne, hosts the Isle of Man had a big win over Germany.
Batting first after winning the toss, the Isle of Man scored at a steady rate throughout their innings, reaching 215-8 from their 50 overs. Jack Rowlands top scored with 35, whilst Steven Richards was the pick of the German bowlers with 3-25.
Germany's reply started badly when in the third over of the match, pace bowler Dan Hawke, who has had a trial at Lancashire this season, clean bowled three batsmen in the same over, leaving Germany in tatters at 5-3.
They never recovered from that point and were bowled out for 42 with no batsman reaching double figures, losing by 173 runs. Hawke finished with 4-23 from his seven overs.
Tomorrow is a rest day for the tournament, and when this group resumes on Sunday, Italy will play the Isle of Man and Germany will play Spain.
Denmark continued their winning ways at the ICC European Under-19 Division Two Championship with another big win, this time over France at King William's College.
In what were initially overcast conditions, and after a slightly delayed start, Denmark captain Christian Peck-Thorsted didn't hesitate to bowl first after winning the toss. France initially made a reasonable start, and were 33-1 after 10 overs.
But that didn't last, and in the end they were bowled out for 74, with only three batsmen making double figures. Aqeel Amjad was the pick of the Danish bowlers with 3-20, Saif Yaqoob and Hamid Shah also taking two each.
The target was no problem for the Danes, and the big hitting Kamran Mahmood hit 54 from just 30 deliveries to take them to an 8 wicket win inside ten overs, the whole match being over by lunchtime.
Over at Vagabonds, Israel recorded their first win of the tournament against newcomers at this level Norway.
Batting first after winning the toss, Norway initially batted quite well, and were 51-1 after ten overs of their innings. However, they failed to capitalise on that start, and were eventually all out for 120, Raphael Schachat taking 3-30.
In reply, Josh Evans, more known for his leg spin bowling, provided the backbone to the Israeli run chase. He scored an unbeaten 56 to take his side to a six wicket win, helped along by 28 extras conceded by some wayward Norwegian bowling.
When Group B resumes on Sunday, France will play Norway and Belgium will play Israel.