July 18, 2010

World Cricket League Europe Division Two

Wins for Israel, Germany and Guernsey

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Israel 200 (Solomon 120, I Latin 4-43) beat Gibraltar 170 for 9 (K Murpuri 45*, R Talkar 3-31, J Evans 4-21) by 30 runs

Eshkol Solomon goes over the top during his 120, Gibraltar v Israel, World Cricket League Europe Division Two, Guernsey, July 17, 2010
Eshkol Solomon goes over the top during his 120  © ICC/CricketEurope
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Eshkol Solomon became only the second Israel batsman, after David Moss, to score a century as his 120 helped his team beat Gibraltar by 30 runs at College Field in Guernsey. Solomon contributed a generous chuck to his team’s total, playing some audacious reverse sweeps and helping Israel recover from a perilous 102 for 7. Iain Latin was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 43.

Gibraltar started poorly when they lost their first two wickets with just one run on the board. Opener Vikram Khatwani was stuck at the crease, crawling to 22 from 110 balls. Richard Buzaglo attempted to provide some impetus with a 37-ball 30 and Kabir Mirpuri hit a 54 ball 45, by which time it was too late. Josh Evans, Israel's young legspinner, bowled excellently to take 4 for 21, as Gibraltar were kept to 170 for 9.

Israel will play Germany on the last day of the tournament on Monday. Despite their win, Israel are now out of the reckoning for the final place in Division 8 of the WCL, with France and Germany still in the running.

Guernsey 190 for 4 (B Queripel 57, J Frith 46, S Le Prevost 31*, L Savident 28) beat France 189 (Ramesh Sithambaranathan 51, William Singh 45, J Nussbaumer 2-26, J Frith 3-30, G Rich 3-46) by six wickets

At Port Soif, Guernsey remained on course to win the ICC Europe WCL Division Two Championship after defeating France by six wickets. Opener Blane Queripel top scored with 57 to help Guernsey chase down 190 with seven balls to spare. France got off to a decent start, moving to 119 for 1 with 21 overs remaining. However, The dismissal of Ramesh Sithambaranathan for 51 proved a turning point as France lost their last seven wickets for 49 runs. Jeremy Frith and Gary Rich took three wickets apiece to set off the collapse.

Queripel led the chase while the Guernsey captain Stuart Le Prevost also contributed with a typically positive 31 not out, off just 39 balls, and contained three boundaries.

Germany 213 for 6 (J Eggleston 87, S Srinivas 34, Aamir Waheed 2-33) beat Norway 209 for 9 (Shahzad Butt 73, Ehsan Latif 4-33) by four wickets

It was a close finish at KGV as Germany’s James Eggleston played a captain’s knock to help his team chase down 210 with three balls to spare. Egglestone played the perfect anchor role, hitting 87 off 145 balls, striking nine boundaries. He shared in two big partnerships – 82 for the second wicket with Andre Leslie (27), and a more crucial 74 for the fifth with Satya Srinivas (34). The pair fell in the 49th over bowled by Aamir Waheed, but Shakeel Hassan’s boundary in the last over sparked off great scenes of celebration.

Earlier, Norway’s Shahbaz Butt scored an under-pressure 73 from 113 balls to help his team recover from a precarious 50 for 5. Ehsan Latif, the left-arm seamer was the main wicket-taker with 4 for 33. Butt received support from the lower order as Norway recovered from 97 for 6 to 209 for 9.

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