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Wins For Scotland And Ireland On Euro Champs Day Two

Day two of the European Championship Division One saw Scotland take their second win of the competition with a comfortable six-wicket win over Italy and Ireland beating Denmark by five wickets while Netherlands hammered Norway by 370 runs. Italy were never in the match and they were bowled out for 125 and Scotland raced to 126 for four in just 29 overs. Alessandro Bonora top scored with 28 in Italy's innings as Majid Haq and John Blain both picked up three wickets as the Italians were shot out in the 45th over. Ryan Watson fell for three, but Scotland were never in danger of losing with contributions coming from Gregor Maiden (25), Qasim Sheikh (33) and Colin Smith (33) enabled them to coast to victory. Meanwhile, Ireland maintained their 100% record by restricting Denmark to 179 for nine and then knocking off the runs in 45.4 overs. Frederik Klokker starred with 85 from 126 balls but aside from 21 not out from Morten Hedegaard no other batsman got into double figures as Kyle McCallan took three for 32. Captain William Porterfield laid the platform for Ireland's win with 58 from the top of the order and although Denmark snared five wickets, they never had enough runs in the bag. Netherlands bounced back from their loss to Italy in their opening match by putting Norway to the side in ruthless fashion. An opening stand of 290 from Darron Reekers (196) and Tom de Grooth (96) set the platform for them to score 474 for eight from their fifty overs - comfortably one of the highest scores between two nations and the highest involving a ODI=qualified team. Zeeshan Ali bowled creditably to pick up four for 87 while Shahbaz Butt conceded 107 runs from ten overs. Norway's batting then collapsed and they were bowled out for 104, captain Shahid Ahmed top scoring with a defiant 29 not out from 20 balls before he ran out of partners. Edgar Schiferli backed up an explosive innings of 44 from 17 balls with five for 52 as Netherlands needed just 24.1 overs to complete a landslide win. © Cricket World 2008