A disappointing week in their island neighbours Jersey came to an end for France today with a 97 run defeat to Norway in a World Cricket League Division Six qualification match.
Norway batted first in the match at FB Fields, with Ehtsham Ul-Haq and Shahzad Umran putting on 89 for the second wicket after Ansar Iqbal was dismissed early on. Umran and Ul-Haq were both removed by Tom Liddiard in quick succession for 55 and 45 respectively soon after he came on as the seventh bowler used.
Liddiard later took three more quick wickets as Norway went from 186-5 to 194-8. He then took another wicket in the final over, finishing with figures of 6-44 as Norway were restricted to 236 from their fifty overs, the last wicket coming via a run out from the final ball of their innings.
The pick of the bowlers was by far Liddiard, and questions will no doubt be asked as to why he was only given two overs in four games during the Europe Division One tournament that France struggled in earlier in the week.
Unfortunately for the French that target was to prove beyond them. Hamza Niaz top scored in their reply with 35, but there was little else to write home about for France. Shahbaz Butt out bowled Tom Liddiard, taking 6-15 as France were bowled out for 139.
Norway now complete the line-up for World Cricket League Division Six, set to be held in Essex, England in September. Guernsey will be the other European representative in the tournament having been relegated from Division Five along with the Cayman Islands last year. Vanuatu, Suriname, Saudi Arabia, Fiji and Botswana make up the rest of the line-up.
Norway beat France by 97 runs
FB Fields, Jersey, 15 May
Norway 236 (50 overs, Ehtsham Ul-Haq 55, Shahzad Umran 45, T Liddiard 6-44)
France 139 (32.5 overs, Hamza Niaz 35, Shahbaz Butt 6-15)