Belgium Bounce Back By Beating France

Belgium Bounce Back By Beating France
Belgium Bounce Back By Beating France
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Italy won their second match at the ICC European Under 19 Division Two Championship in the Isle of Man after Spain collapsed after they were cruising to a seemingly straightforward victory.

After yesterday's big score against Germany, Italy found the going a little tougher against the Spanish bowling attack. The first two wickets fell with the score on 7, before a 25 run partnership for the third wicket.

From then on, it was a procession of wickets. Yesterday's big scorer Roshendra Abeywickrama was fourth out having scored just 8, and Italy found themselves in trouble on 62-9, before a 27 run partnership for the last wicket took them to 89 all out in 28.1 overs.

Only two batsmen made double figures for Italy, with extras the top scorer with 28. Ben Girling and Ravi Panchal both took three wickets.

In reply, despite losing both openers for ducks, Spain initially looked to be cruising on 49-3. But captain Joel Brook's dismissal just after the lunch interval sparked something of a collapse, and Spain found themselves bowled out for 83 to lose by 6 runs.

Muhammad Adnan sliced through the Spanish batting order with 5-12 from ten overs, whilst Muhammad Asghar also bowled well with 3-9 from his 4.2 overs.

In a rain affected game at Cronkbourne, hosts the Isle of Man made their bow in the tournament, taking on Gibraltar. Rainy conditions early on meant that he game was reduced to 42 overs, eventually taking place in sunny, if a little chilly conditions.

Put into bat after losing the toss, the hosts scored 176-3 from their 42 overs, aided by some occasionally poor fielding from Gibraltar. Carl Wagstaffe top scored with a well made 78, and was dismissed shortly before the end of the innings.

In reply, Gibraltar were bundled out for 53, thanks to some good fielding and tight bowling from the Isle of Man. Sebastian Aycock was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for just seven runs,  all wickets bowled, whilst Adam Killey was in fine form behind the stumps with three stumpings.

Tomorrow's matches in Group A will see the hosts play Germany at Cronkbourne and Gibraltar will play Italy at King William's College.

After yesterday's big defeat to Denmark, Belgium bounced back with a win over France at Vagabonds today in Group B.

In a game reduced to 42 overs due to rain, France won the toss and elected to bat first. They initially collapsed, and were 28-5 soon after the start of play, Cameron McRae slicing through their top order with three wickets.

A mini recovery took them to 70-7 and then to 130 all out, captain Thomas Liddard top scoring with 29.

Belgium's run chase started badly when the top three were removed cheaply with the score on 36-3, but they battled back, the fourth wicket partnership of Shaival Mehta and Robert Sehmi putting on an unbroken 98 to secure a seven wicket win.

Over at St John's Denmark put up another big total, though it could have been even more had they not had a rather big batting collapse towards the end of their innings.

Batting first after being put into bat, Denmark were at one point scoring at more than eleven runs an over. The opening pair put on 119 in quick fashion before Anders Bulow was out for 25, and the other opener, Kamran Mahmood went on to score 92 from 82 balls before he was out with the score  on 167-2 in the 15th over.

Denmark were on 271-3 at one point, but their batting collapsed from there. Led by Ali Nisar, who took 4-14, Norway managed to bowl the Danes out for 299, three balls short of their quota of 37 overs.

Whilst Norway did well to come back after the explosive Danish start, the target was always too much for them. They were 49-8 before the first real resistance came via a ninth wicket partnership of 24, and were eventually bowled out for 78, losing by the huge margin of 221 runs.

Only two of the Norwegian batsmen reached double figures, and Saif Yaqoob was the pick of the Denmark bowlers with 5-23.

Tomorrow's matches in Group B will see Israel play Norway and Denmark play France.