The Netherlands have secured qualification to Division One of the European leg of qualification for the 2020 Under-19 World Cup after beating Belgium in convincing fashion today in Essex.
Dutch captain Boris Gorlee won the toss at Harlow Town Cricket Club, with Vikramjit Singh and Niels Etman starting their innings well with a partnership of 87. The partnership ended when Etman was dismissed for 41. Singh went on to score 66 before he was the third man out.
For the rest of the innings, skipper Gorlee played the anchor role for the Netherlands, piecing together an unbeaten 103 from 93 balls. The final Dutch total was 278-6 from their 50 overs.
In reply, Belgium were bundled out for just 47 to lose by 231 runs. Aryan Kumar was the pick of the Dutch bowlers with 4-13, whilst Ralph Elenbass also chipped in with 3-6.
Over in Bishop's Stortford, Norway were batting first after winning the toss against Scandinavian rivals Denmark at Cricket Field Lane. Kabir Mangal dominated the Norwegian innings with a knock of 96 before he was bowled by Lucky Ali, one of three wickets for the 14 year old. Their final total was 176.
In reply, Denmark contrived to collapse to 67-7 and were facing an unexpected defeat. Fortunately for them, Bilal Aftab and Hamza Ali got the chase back on track with a 65 run eighth wicket partnership, ended when the latter was bowled by Hayatullah Niazi for 38.
No more wickets were lost by the Danes as Alftab finished unbeaten on 57 to secure the two wicket win. Hayatullah Niazi was the pick of the Norwegian bowlers with 4-46.
The tournament will continue tomorrow, with France able to secure their place in Division One if they can beat Guernsey. The other match in Group A will see Italy take on Sweden. In Group B, Denmark will play Spain and Belgium will play Norway.
Netherlands Under-19s beat Belgium Under-19s by 231 runs
Harlow Town Cricket Club, 5 August
Netherlands Under-19s 278-6 (50 overs, B Gorlee 103*, Vikramjit Singh 66, N Etman 41)
Belgium Under-19s 47 (20.4 overs, A Kumar 4-13, R Elenbass 3-6)
Denmark Under-19s beat Norway Under-19s by 2 wickets
Cricket Field Lane, Bishop's Stortford, 5 August
Norway Under-19s 176 (47.3 overs, Kabir Mangal 96, Lucky Ali 3-22)
Denmark Under-19s 178-8 (40.4 overs, Bilal Aftab 57*, Hamza Ali 38, Hayatullah Niazi 4-46)