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ICC World T20 Europe Qualifier - Day 2 Favourites Emerge

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Denmark, Jersey and Norway top the three groups at the ICC World T20 Europe qualifier.

France secure narrow victory against Portugal before losing to Germany; Denmark win twice in a day in their matches against Cyprus and Austria

Jersey display their talent with comfortable wins against Spain and Isle of Man; Finland suffer defeat on the penultimate ball of the innings against Belgium, before losing convincingly against Italy

Guernsey and Sweden both gain victories over Israel; Norway impress with bat and ball in wins over Czech Republic and Gibraltar.

Three abandoned fixtures from Match Day 1 to be replayed at 11am on today’s reserve day.

GROUP A

France and Portugal started the day with a nail-biting match up that went down to the last ball. Needing 3 to win, Portugal only managed a single to give France their first victory of the tournament. In the afternoon match, France struggled against an impressive German side and lost convincingly. Over in Salland, tournament favourites Denmark dispatched Cyprus before coming up against a strong Austrian side, narrowly securing a 7-run victory to put them clear at the top of the group with three wins from three.

 

France 114/8 (20 overs) defeat Portugal 112/7 (20 overs) by 2 runs

Denmark 189/6 (20 overs) defeat Cyprus 28 all out ( overs) by 161 runs

Germany 207/4 (20 overs) defeat France 87/5 (20 overs) by 120 runs

Denmark 118 all out (19.5 overs) defeat Austria 111 all out (20 overs) by 7 runs

 

GROUP B

In Amstelveen, Jersey comfortably chased down Spain’s total in the morning fixture, before dispatching a determined Isle of Man side looking to capitalise on their victory from the previous afternoon. In the other group matches, Finland suffered defeat twice in a row. In the first match against Belgium, defeat came with the penultimate ball of the innings, leaving Finland to rue their first innings collapse which saw the loss of 8 wickets in just 16 balls. In the afternoon game, Italy proved too strong for the Finns and successfully defended their total of 147.

 

Jersey 93/0 (14.4 overs) defeat Spain 92/8 (20 overs) by 10 wickets

Belgium 125/7 (19.5 overs) defeat Finland 122 all out (19.4 overs) by 3 wickets

Jersey 156/4 (20 overs) defeat Isle of Man 102 all out (18.2 overs) by 54 runs

Italy 147/2 (20 overs) defeat Finland 91 all out (18.5 overs) by 56 runs

GROUP C

 

Despite determined batting from the Israel team which saw them twice bat out their overs in full, Guernsey and Sweden proved too much and both secured wins against the Israelis. Over at VOC, Norway chased down Czech Republic’s total of 41 in a morning match that was reduced to 9 overs due to a wet pitch from the night’s rainfall. Norway then repeated the feat against Gibraltar, first restricting them to 58 and then chasing down the total within 10 overs. Today’s results leave Group C clearly divided, with three teams battling it out for the top two spots all on equal points, whilst the other three sides will each be hoping to record a first victory in their coming fixtures.

 

Guernsey 80/3 (15.1 overs) defeat Israel 79/8 (20 overs) by 7 wickets

Norway 42/0 (5.2 overs) defeat Czech Republic 41/9 (9 overs) by 10 wickets

Sweden 142/8 (20 overs) defeat Israel 102/8 (20 overs) by 40 runs

Norway 62/2 (9.1 overs) defeat Gibraltar 58 all out (18.2 overs) by 8 wickets

 

Today will see the three abandoned fixtures from day one rescheduled, with the top two seeds from Group B (Jersey vs Italy), a potential decider for one of the qualifying spots in Group C (Sweden vs Norway) and a match between two sides both looking to record their first wins (Israel vs Gibraltar).

 

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