Israel's long stay in Division Two, where they more often than not found themselves at the foot of the table, has come to an end after Croatia beat them today in Tel Aviv.

In what was the first official cricket match in Israel, Croatia won the toss and chose to bat first. They scored just 152/7 from their 45 overs, largely thanks to 51 from John Vujnovich.

The target should have been an easy one for the Israelis, especially in home conditions. But Vujnovich completed a fine all-round performance by taking 3/27, with Phillip Siljeg also chipping in with three wickets, as Israel were bowled out for 147 with 4 balls to spare, despite 44 from Herschel Gutman.

Croatia thus won by five runs and will be promoted to Division Two, where they will take on France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey and Jersey in Guernsey next August. Israel will be left contemplating life in Division Three in 2009.