European Under-15 Division Two Championship - Day Three report
The problem the European Under-15 Second Division bowlers have with wides continued yesterday. It is getting to the stage where the team that bowls the least wides is going to win the tournament!
Jersey chose to bat against Italy, and as is often the case in this event, their top score was wides with 82 as they reached 215/8 from their 35 overs. Wides scored 47 in the Italian innings of 132, and they lost by 83 runs.
Belgium at least had a batsman contribute a good innings in their match, with Jay Savani scoring an unbeaten 51. But wides was again the top-scorer with 68 in their total of 172/4. They Belgian bowlers then gave away 55 runs in wides, but it didn't help the Cypriots, who could only manage 109/9 from their 35 overs after only one batsman reached double figures, losing by 63 runs.
Only one batsman reached double figures when Gibraltar batted against Guernsey too, but 34 wides meant they did reach 71 before being dismissed. Guernsey easily knocked off the runs inside eight overs to win by nine wickets.
Andrew Brown bowled well for the Isle of Man at the top of the German innings, taking 4/22 to reduce them to 35/4. The Germans did mount a small recovery in their middle order, helped by 60 wides, and reached 121/8 from their 35 overs. The Isle of Man reached their target inside 40 overs to win by nine wickets. No prizes for guessing what the top-score came from...