Day two of the European Under-19 Division Two leg of qualification for the 2020 Under-19 World Cup has seen Norway and the Netherlands record wins in Essex.
Norway, on the back of their 201 run mauling at the hands of the Netherlands yesterday, came up against Spain at Harlow Sportcentre, with Spain choosing to bat first after captain Jack Perman won the toss. They were unable to bat out their 50 overs as they were bowled out for 187.
Sarmad Ali top scored for Spain with 33, whilst Saifullah Malik and Nakkash Baig both took three wickets for Norway.
In reply, Norway lost their first three wickets for ducks, and were well on the back foot at 29-4 in the seventh over. Mohammad Hanif and Hayatullah Niazi got them back in to the game with an 86 run partnership. Skipper Niazi was the star for the Norwegians, top scoring with 75 before he was the sixth man out in the 28th over.
Norway then held on to chase down their target in 33.4 overs to win by 3 wickets, a fine come back after their opening day defeat.
Meanwhile, at St.Margaretsbury Cricket Club in Ware, Denmark played their first match of the tournament, coming up against the Netherlands, the latter batting first after Boris Gorlee won the toss. A 55 run third wicket partnership between Vikramjit Singh and the Dutch captain provided the initial impetus for the Netherlands.
Kevin van der Geest took over the run scoring once those two were out, and batted out the rest of the Dutch quota of 50 overs, finishing unbeaten on 65. The Netherlands scored 251-8 from their 50 overs, all 8 wickets being taken by different Danish bowlers.
In reply, a 75 run partnership for the third wicket between Lucky Ali and Musa Shaheen looked to have set up the Danish run chase nicely when Ali was out for 39 in the 25th over. But no other batsman was able to get a significant start, and when Shaheen was the seventh man out in the 39th over having scored 51, the writing was on the wall for the Danes.
Denmark were bowled out for 197 to lose by 54 runs. Boris Gorlee was the pick of the bowlers with 4-25, whilst Nehaan Gigani also chipped in with 3-27.
Tomorrow is a rest day for all teams and the tournament will resume on Friday. Group A will see Guernsey play Italy and France take on Sweden, whilst in Group B the Netherlands will play Spain and Belgium will play Denmark.
Norway Under-19s beat Spain Under-19s by 3 wickets
Harlow Sportcentre, 1 August
Spain Under-19s 187 (45.4 overs, S Malik 3-15, N Baig 3-46)
Norway Under-19s 190-7 (33.4 overs, Hayatullah Niazi 75, Shehryaar Riaz 4-46)
Netherlands Under-19s beat Denmark Under-19s by 54 runs
St.Margaretsbury Cricket Club, Ware, 1 August
Netherlands Under-19s 251-8 (50 overs, K van der Geest 65*, B Gorlee 36, Vikramjit Singh 35)
Denmark Under-19s 197 (45.3 overs, Musa Shaheen 51, Lucky Ali 39, B Gorlee 4-25, N Gigani 3-27)