Wins for Belgium, Israel and Jersey on day one
The newly expanded European Under-19 Division Two championship got off to a start in Jersey yesterday with wins for Belgium, Israel and the hosts.
Things didn't go quite to plan though, as Jersey weren't meant to be playing today, stepping in after Gibraltar's kit was late arriving. In addition, France only fielded ten players in their match against Belgium.
In the France v Belgium match, France won the toss and put Belgium in, perhaps hoping they could find an eleventh player before they had to bat. Some tight bowling, especially from Jonathon Houghton with 4/14 helped get Belgium down to 117/8 before a late order fightback led by Simon Newport helped Belgium post 203 from their 50 overs, losing their tenth wicket from the last ball of the innings.
France's eleventh player obviously wasn't available so they batted with only ten men. They lost three quick wickets up the order, and were on 8/3 at one point. Jack Hardy scored 49 batting at number six, but it was a little too late to have an effect on the result. Three wickets each from Soheel Hussain and Sebastian Shukla helped bowl them out for 146 in the 36th over, Belgium winning by 57 runs.
In the Germany v Israel match, Germany won the toss and elected to field. The Israeli total of 233/9 from their 50 overs was helped mainly by the German bowlers who gifted 71 runs in extras including an astonishing 61 from wides. Israel captain Oren Chincholkar top-scored with the bat with 41, whilst Maximilian Seil was the pick of the German bowlers with 4/42.
The German reply started well enough with an opening partnership of 80 between Maximillian Höck and Tarun Rawat, but that was the sole highlight of their innings. Both openers were run out in quick succession which sparked a collapse of the entire batting line-up as all ten wickets fell for just 17 runs. Solomon Varsulkar and Raz Ben Zaken were the destroyers with four wickets each as Israel picked up a 136 run win.
Today's other match was originally scheduled to be Gibraltar v Italy, but as some of Gibraltar's kit had not yet arrived, hosts Jersey stepped in to take on the Italians. The change led to a two hour delay, but good weather and good light meant that a full was able to be fit in.
Jersey batted first and scored the highest total of the days play with 329/6 from their 50 overs, the backbone of which was a fine unbeaten 115 from Mark Chipperfield. Italy never looked like reaching the target and were bowled out for 192 in their 45th over, seven Jersey bowlers sharing the wickets as they won by 137 runs.