July 25, 2008

Italy

Italy grab Dutch scalp

Andrew McGlashan

Italy registered a notable scalp on the opening day of the European Championships Division 1 as they beat Netherlands by eight runs at North County in Dublin. Joe Scuderi, the former Lancashire allrounder, hit an unbeaten 84 to steer Italy to 181, which proved too much for their higher-ranked opponents. Tim de Groot hit 51, but he lacked support and the lower order couldn't quite see the chase home as Netherlands were bowled out with more than six overs remaining.

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Posted by jonny fazio on (March 5, 2009, 2:03 GMT)

i have been a fanatic italian cricket team supporter for years and seeing this is such a good feeling although joe scuderi has retired and that will hurt us alot.

Posted by Afzaal Haider on (July 30, 2008, 4:24 GMT)

It is big news as Nethrland quite high on the ranked but when it comes to individuals like Joe Scuderi then it is not a big surprise either. Joe is a very good cricketer as he had played lot in Adelaide and played in Shefeil Shield cricket for South Australia and was one of the best allrounder in mid 90's but later had problem with his back and he also played few years for Lancashire County with waseem Akram and Flintoff etc. I have played three seasons with him in the East Torrens Cricket Club in South Australia and Joe was captain there first season and he is no doubt was very competetive player, with his experience he can destroy any side and i wish he could bowl as well so he can contribute more to his team. I think we are (Hong Kong) playing against Italy in October in Tanzania for ICC World League Division 4. I wish them all the best and specially to Joe and their opening bowler Alaudin.

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Andrew McGlashan
Assistant Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.

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