Rain devasted the second day of play in the European Division Three tournament, with all four matches being reduced overs encounters, one of them right down to a ten over slog.
Spain won the toss and chose to bat against Finland, hoping to bounce back from their first day defeat. Wicket-keeper Shafique Ali top-scored with 68 as Spain reached 186/6 from 43 overs before the rain came. Finland's target was revised to 148 from 34 overs. They got off to a good start, reaching 81/1, but then lost their next three wickets without adding to their score. Four wickets from Luis Valiente who ripped through the remainder of the Finnish batting order helped get Finland out for 119, Spain winning by 28 runs.
The hosts Belgium took on Cyprus, and the match saw the tournament's first century, an innings of 102 from Sanjeewa Fernando as Cyprus reached 229/8 from 42.4 overs before rain interupted play. Belgium were given the target of 213 to win from 40 overs. Like Finland, Belgium got off to a great start with a 68 run opening partnership. But also like Finland, Belgium eventually collapsed, with Singha Arthanayake the chief destroyer with 4/38 as the Belgians were bowled out for 190, losing by 23 runs.
The match between the Isle of Man and Malta was reduced to 25 overs a side. The Manxmen play some cricket of this duration domestically, and their experience showed as they blasted 170/6 from their 25 overs, a run rate of almost seven. Peter Richards top-scored with 79, with his opening partner Gareth Morris also getting in on the act with 62. Ronnie Sacco took four late wickets, but the damage had already been done, and Malta could only crawl to 78 from their 25 overs, losing by 92 runs.
The match between Croatia and Portugal was most affected by the rain, and was reduced to ten overs per side. Portugal scored 58/8 from their overs, whilst Croatia kept wickets in hand, winning by eight wickets with one ball to spare.
Leaving aside the ridiculousness of having a ten over slog at international level, the live updates on the ICC Europe site indicated that the Croatia v Portugal match commenced well before 6pm Belgian time, despite the ECC's tournament regulations stating "in the situation where no play is possible before 18:00 a match of 10 overs per side shall be played if ground conditions allow." In this case, the match should have been abandoned and replayed on the rest day.