Italy Beat Denmark To Claim Championship Victory

Italy celebrate their victory in the Pepsi ICC European Championship Division One competition at Hove
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Italy beat Denmark by 18 runs in Hove to claim victory in the Pepsi ICC European Division One championship after a run-filled day in Sussex.

Both sides had already qualified for November's ICC World Twenty20 2014 qualifier in Dubai but Italy defended a score of 215 for three by restriting Denmark to 197 for eight.

Some brutal hitting by Andy Northcote (68 not out in 41 balls), Damien Crowley (66 not out) and Dinidu Marage (41) set up Italy's score.

Denmark, however, led by Freddie Klokker's 58 in 36 balls, were well on course at the halfway stage before their innings fell away.

Kamran Mahmood also hit 58 but two wickets apiece for Marage and Crowley helped Italy seal their win.

"I am pretty much lost for words, winning the tournament has been great effort and shows the character in our squad," said Crowley.
There was some consolation for Klokker, who was named as the tournament's most valuable player.

"It is always nice to win prizes, but we are very disappointed with the loss," he said. "My 129 not out in the semi finals was the best I have ever batted. It was an amazing wicket here at Hove and it has been a great tournament," he added.

Elsewhere, France beat Austria by 84 runs to finish fifth, Germany beat Norway by one run to clinch seventh and Isle of Man ran out seven-wicket winners over Gibraltar to claim ninth place.

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