European Under-15 Division Two Championship - Day One report
La Manga in Spain is hosting it's first international tournament, the European Under-15 Division Two championship. Yesterday saw wins for Spain, Guernsey, Italy and Jersey.
Jersey are looking good for a clean sweep of European second division youth tournaments after a demolition job on Germany. Only Ibrahim Awan reached doubled figures as the Germans were bowled out for just 71. Of those runs, 36 came in wides, which is a worrying sign for the Jersey bowlers. Their batsmen raced to the target inside 12 overs, losing just one wicket in the process.
Italy were put into bat by France, and some good French bowling had them reduced to 75/7, before Farhan Akbar fought back with 52. He was helped a lot by the French bowlers who bowled 60 runs in wides. He was last out with the score on 164, a tricky target in a 35 over game. Whilst Italy gave away even more wides, 62 in all, none of their batsmen got a start and with Chanuka Welarathna taking 4/10, they could only reach 137/9 from their 35 overs, Italy thus winning by 27 runs.
Guernsey were put into bat by Cyprus and they put up a score from 35 overs that can only be described as phenomenal. They scored 279/3 from their 35 overs, helped like most teams today with a lot of wides (52) but also helped by an impressive 112 not out from Thomas Kirk. Their bowlers then avoided the plague of wides in the first day of this tournament, only giving up 17 as they restricted Cyprus to 83/9 from their 35 overs, winning by the huge margin of 183 runs.
Batting first against Gibraltar, Spain were also helped by wides, and with 50, it was the top score in their innings of 120. Scott Chipolina was the pick of the bowlers with 4/13. Gibraltar were then bowled out for 94, an amazing 74 coming in extras, 69 of them in wides. No batsman reached double figures.