European Championship Division One Twenty20

Denmark, Guernsey top groups

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 21, 2011

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There were no completed matches on the second day due to rain

Group A


Italy's Hayden Patrizi and Andrew Northcote appeal for an lbw, Gibraltar v Italy, St Peter Port, European Championship Division One Twenty20, July 21, 2011
Italy's Andy Northcote had an impressive day © ICC/Cricket Europe
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Norway overcame Croatia in a tight chase in Port Soif. The Norway bowlers had done well to restrict Croatia to 105 for 4, opener Paul Vujnovich making 48. Norway were in trouble in their reply, struggling at 27 for 3 at one stage, but Shahbazz Butt's patient 22 (off 45 balls) and Iftikhar Hussain's aggressive, unbeaten 56, which included five fours and two sixes, took Norway to victory with five balls to spare.

Italy cruised to an eight-wicket win over Gibraltar in St Peter Port. Andy Northcote starred in an all-round effort, taking 4 for 14, backed up by seamer Alauddin's three-for, and making an unbeaten 37 in the chase. His bowling exploits restricted Gibraltar to 81, and his knock steered Italy to victory with more than 10 overs to spare.

Austria sealed a tight eight-run win over Guernsey in Castel. Opener Aman Deep's knock of 40 and Imran Asif's unbeaten 20, despite a poor effort from the rest of the middle and lower orders, took Austria to a competitive 130. In their response, Guernsey appeared to be progressing smoothly, with Jeremy Frith (39) and GH Smit taking their team to 104 for 3. However, things went awry when they tried to step up the pace, and some quick wickets towards the end meant Guernsey could only manage 122. Lakmal Kasturiarachchige was impressive for Austria, making 25 and taking two wickets.

Austria were no match for Norway in St Peter Port, however. The Norway bowling attack comprising Waheed Aamir, Waseem Gill, Shahbaz Butt, Shahid Ahmed and Babar Shahzad skittled out Austria for 64. Only two Austrian batsmen reached double-figures. In their response, nine overs were all it took Norway to complete the win.

A combined batting effort helped Gibraltar beat Croatia by seven wickets in Castel. Seamer Ross Harkins bowled economically, conceding just 17 in his four overs and taking two wickets, to keep Croatia to 120. Opener Paul Vujnovich made 34, but his performance was bettered in the Gibraltar reply. Opener David Coram made a run-a-ball 36, adding 41 for the second wicket with Mark Bacarese. Those who followed chipped in with useful knocks to win with an over to spare.

Guernsey thumped Italy by 38 runs in Port Soif to take the top spot in the Group A rankings. Opener Tim Ravenscroft smashed 70 in 37 balls, hitting nine fours and three sixes, and was supported by captain Stuart Le Prevost in a quickfire 41-run stand. Le Provost made 45 and thanks to some attacking batting down the order, Guernsey were able to surge to 188. Italy opener Andy Northcote made 53 in the chase but amid lack of support from the rest, his team could only rack up 150. Ravenscroft starred with the ball as well, taking 3 for 22.

Group B

France were bowled out for 39 in their eight-wicket defeat at the hands of Denmark in Grainville. Legspinner Bobby Chawla grabbed 4 for 15 while Adnan Musharif top scored for France with 24. In their response, Denmark needed just 6.5 overs to complete the chase.

Captain Asif Khan and Imran Chaudhry struck half-centuries to help Germany chase down a target of 139 set by Israel in St Clement. The pair came together at 31 for 3 when Israel, led by Eleizar Samson's triple-strike, had the upper hand. Khan made an unbeaten 59, while Chaudhry was the more attacking of the two, striking two fours and three sixes in his 60 not out. The win was sealed with 3.1 overs to spare. For Israel, opener Daniel Hyman top-scored with 51 but the knock was in vain.

Jersey comfortably upstaged Belgium in St. Martin, winning by eight wickets. Seamer Anthony Hawkins-Kay grabbed 3 for 19 in a collective bowling display to bowl out Belgium for 85. Opener Edward Farley led the way in the chase, making an unbeaten 36, as Jersey sealed the win in the 12th over.

Belgium put up a better fight against Germany, but fell short by five runs in St Clement. Though some of their batsmen got starts - Jamie Farmiloe and Shaival Mehta made 31 - they were not able to push on. Syed Shah grabbed three wickets and despite a couple of cameos down the order, Belgium were bowled out in the final over. For Germany, opener Dilshan Rajudeen made 58 and there were useful contributions from the rest to set up a match-winning score.

France prevailed in a low-scoring encounter against Israel in St. Saviour. Seamers David Massil and Samson had done well, taking three wickets to bowl out France for 112. Opener Abdul Rehman Quereshi top-scored with 35 and there was limited support from the rest. But the leg-spin of Zika Ali proved too much for Israel: he grabbed 4 for 18, while Quereshi conceded just 12 runs in his four overs and grabbed a wicket. The highest score in the Israel innings was 14, and they folded for 80.

Denmark knocked down Jersey by 58 runs in St. Martin. Half-centuries from opener Freddie Klokker and captain Michael Pederson helped Denmark post an imposing 168. Chawla starred again with the ball, taking three wickets as Jersey were kept to 110 for 9 in the chase. Both teams find themselves at the top of the Group B rankings, though Denmark are ahead with a higher net run-rate.

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Tournament Results
Denmark v Italy at St Clement - Jul 24, 2011
Denmark won by 6 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
Austria v Belgium at St Saviour - Jul 24, 2011
Belgium won by 11 runs
Croatia v Israel at St Brelade - Jul 24, 2011
Israel won by 86 runs
France v Norway at St Martin - Jul 24, 2011
Norway won by 6 wickets (with 19 balls remaining)
Germany v Gibraltar at St Helier - Jul 24, 2011
Gibraltar won by 23 runs
Jersey v Guernsey at St Clement - Jul 24, 2011
Jersey won by 8 wickets (with 16 balls remaining)
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