Norway Win To Set Up Key Clash With Italy

	Norway Win To Set Up Key Clash With Italy
Norway Win To Set Up Key Clash With Italy
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Norway set up a winner takes all clash with Italy tomorrow after they comprehensively outplayed Austria to record the easiest of 9 wicket wins at College Field.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Austria weren’t allowed to settle as Norway attacked from the start. Waheed Aamir removed Amar Naeem in the first over, and that set the tone for the whole innings. Lakmal Kasthuriarchchige top scored with 13, and Amandeep (11) was the only other player to reach double figures, as extras (14) was the highest contributor to their meagre total of 64 all out in 16.3 overs.

Syed Waqas Ahmed (2-6), Shahbaz Butt (2-16) and Waheed Aamir (2-27) all bowled well, while Wasim Gill (1-12) and Babar Shahzad (1-0) were the other wicket takers.

A special note of praise for Norwegian wicket-keeper Moosa Rashid, who was involved in both a brilliant run out and stumping. In addition he took the final catch off the bowling of Shahzad.

Low totals have sometimes proved tricky this week, but not in this instance, as Norway raced to victory in just 9 overs.

Zeeshan Ali (21*), Adeel Ibrar (20*), and Zaheer Ashiq (20), all batted positively, striking 10 fours and 2 sixes between them. Ashiq was the only wicket to fall, brilliantly run out by a direct hit from Soggi, but it proved the only consolation for Austria in a game completely dominated from start to end by Norway.

Denmark easily beat Jersey by 58 runs at Farmers this afternoon to leave all to play for in the final round of matches in Group B.

Having been put into bat by Jersey skipper Peter Gough, the Danish openers Frederik Klokker (57 off 49 balls) and Shehzad Ahmed (35 off 32 balls) raced along to 57-0 in 8 overs. Pedersen (53 off 32 balls) and Klokker batted with great poise to put on 91 for the second wicket, as they put the Jersey bowlers to the sword. Denmark eventually finished their 20 overs on 168-3 with Aftab Ahmed also chipping in with a valuable 11 off 7 balls.

In response Jersey never really got going, losing openers Dean Morrison (8) and Ed Farley (3) with only 16 on the board. Denmark’s spinners then put the squeeze on Jersey and any realistic hopes they had of getting close to the Danish total rested upon the experienced duo of Ryan Driver (16) and Tony Carlyon (13). So when both were dismissed within the space of 6 balls, Carlyon caught off the bowling of Ahmed and Driver bowled trying to hit Chawla for six, the game was all but over.

Jersey battled on and recovered from 59-6 to end on 110-9 in 20 overs, Ben Stevens making 27 off 18 balls including one 4 and two 6s, but it was all too little too late.  Denmark’s four spinners had proven the key and Chawla returned the best figures of them, picking up 3-10 in his four overs.

After the disappointment of their shock defeat to Austria in the morning, Guernsey have bounced back in fine style with a comfortable win over Italy at Port Soif.

In brilliant sunshine, Guernsey won the toss and elected to bat first. They got off to a flying start with the opening pair of Tim Ravenscroft and Lee Savident putting on 65 for the first wicket before Savident was out for 19 in the eighth over.

Ravenscroft stayed in, smashing the Italian bowling to all parts with a 37 ball innings of 70 when he was out five overs later. Captain Stuart Le Prevost also joined in the big hitting, scoring 45 from 28 balls, whilst James Nussbaumer made a brief cameo knock of 21 from 11 balls. Nussbaumer's late hitting took Guernsey to 188-6 from their 20 overs, the highest score of the tournament so far, and a stiff target for Italy to chase.

Italy started that run chase reasonably well with a second wicket partnership of 61 between Andrew Northcote and Alessandro Bonora giving them a good start. But a mini collapse, sparked by the introduction of the Guernsey spin bowlers saw them go to 96-4. From then on, the required run rate kept on climbing and Italy struggled to keep up, eventually making 150-9 from their 20 overs to lose by 38 runs.

In Group A Croatia are left in the relegation play-offs after a seven wicket defeat to Gibraltar at KGV today.

Batting first, Paul Vujnovich played an anchor role for Croatia in the early part of their innings, scoring 34 from 44 balls before he was out with the score on 76-4. The middle order then took the score on to 120-5 in their 20 overs, which should have been a defendable target for their bowlers.

But Gibraltar set about their chase well, and chased down the target with one over to spare. Dave Coram top scored with 36 at a run a ball.

Germany held their nerve to beat Belgium by 5 runs in a nail-biting finish at FB Fields.

With Belgium needing 6 to win off the last over and 2 wickets remaining, Faisal Khaliq was run out off the first ball attempting a run through to the keeper. Rana-Javed Iqbal then kept a cool head to bowl two consecutive dot balls before dismissing number 11 Waqas Shafiq, who could only clip the ball to the sub fielder at square leg.

Belgium had looked to be in a good position at 86-3 after 12 overs, Jamie Farmiloe (31) and Shiaval Mehta (31) running excellently between the wickets and sharing in a 47-run partnership. But spinner Syed Shah then shifted the momentum back in Germany’s favour as he took the key wicket of Mehta. Belgian hopes then rested on the shoulders of Farmiloe but he too succumbed to Shah, stumped in the 17th over as he tried to come down the track.

Faisal Khaliq (13) and Shahid Muhammad (16*) then hit some lusty blows to take Belgium within touching distance but it was to be Germany’s day. Shah finished with the excellent figures of 3-19 from 4 overs and fellow spinner Hassan took 2-22.

Germany’s batting line-up had earlier fired for the second time that day, opener Dilshan Rajudeen striking an impressive 58 off 47 balls in their total of 144. Rajudeen brought up his 50 and the team hundred with a high and handsome six over long-off against Nadeem Khan, a knock that included a total of two 4s and two 6s. Lower-order batsman Fazal Rathore also got some vital runs late in the innings, ending on 16 not out from 12 balls.

Faisal Khaliq was the pick of the Belgian bowlers, dismissing the captain Asif Khan (22) and Imran Choudhry (0) in successive balls. He combined an intelligent mix of line and length bowling with some slower balls to finish with figures of 3-22 from 4 overs.

France beat Israel by 32 runs at Grainville this afternoon, leaving Israel languishing at the bottom of Group B.

Having lost the toss and being put into bat, France started in the worst fashion possible as opener Arunkamar Ayyavooraju was out first ball, LBW to David Massil. France then moved to 13-1 before captain Waseem Bhatti (4) was caught by Eshkol Solomon off the bowling of Eliezer Samson. Opener Abdul Rehman (35 off 28 balls) then got into his stride and hit four 6s whilst Williamdeep Singh made 24 to help France to 112 in 19.2 overs.

Massil finished with the best figures of the Israeli bowlers, returning 3-11, whilst Samson took 3-17.

In reply Israel struggled from the off, reduced to 14-3 within the first few overs. It was a position from which they never recovered, captain Herschel Gutman top-scoring with 14 as leg-spinner Zika Ali continued his good form with figures of 4-18 from 4 overs.