Denmark have secured qualification for next year's European Under-19 Division 1 qualifier after beating Guernsey in today's third place play-off in Essex.
Denmark captain Abdullah Shaheen won the toss and chose to bat first at the Felsted School Ground in Dunmow. No Danish batsmen was able to get a start as Guernsey's bowlers were on top, particularly Oliver Bromley who took four wickets.
Remarkably, the last wicket partnership was the key for Denmark, as Abdullah Shaheen and Hadeed Adnan put on an unbeaten 60 to take their team to a total of 230-9. Shaheen was the top scorer with 53.
Guernsey started with an opening partnership of 59 between Nathan Le Tissier and Joseph Ellis which ended when Ellis was out for 32. Le Tissier and Matthew Philip then put on another 37 for the second wicket, but Le Tissier's dismissal for 33 caused the wheels to come off the Guernsey chase.
From 96-1, Guernsey were bowled out for 132 to lose by 98 runs. Abdullah Shaheen completed a fine all round performance by taking 4-16, whilst Wahid Mahmood polished off the tail in a brief 2.3 over spell by taking three wickets for just five runs.
Denmark will join Netherlands and France in qualification to Division One alongside Ireland, Scotland and Jersey, and it was the Dutch and French who met today in the final in Saffron Walden. French captain Kishan Patel won the toss and put the Netherlands in to bat first.
The Dutch total of 281-6 was built largely around a third wicket partnership of 166 between Niels Etman and Boris Gorlee. The partnership ended when Asbar Bazirhak for 84, and he also dismissed Gorlee for 99 two overs later. He finished with four wickets from his ten overs.
France started their reply with an opening partnership of 86 between Hassan Raza and Noman Amjad. Those two scored 40 and 29 respectively, but no other French batsmen reached double figures as they were bowled out for 127, Arnav Jain taking 5-31.
In the other play-off matches, Norway beat Italy by 146 runs to secure fifth place, whilst seventh place went to Sweden after they beat Belgium by 4 wickets. Spain finished ninth and last by virtue of their last place finish in the five team Group A.
Netherlands Under-19s beat France Under-19s by 154 runs
Anglo-American Playing Fields, Saffron Walden, 8 August
Netherlands Under-19s 281-6 (50 overs, B Gorlee 99, N Etman 84, Asbar Bazirhak 4-60)
France Under-19s 127 (40.5 overs, Hassan Raza 40, A Jain 5-31)
Denmark Under-19s beat Guernsey Under-19s by 98 runs
Felsted School Ground, Dunmow, 8 August
Denmark Under-19s 230-9 (50 overs, Abdullah Shaheen 53*, O Bromley 4-26)
Guernsey Under-19s 132 (40.3 overs, Abdullah Shaheen 4-16, Wahid Mahmood 3-5)
Norway Under-19s beat Italy Under-19s by 146 runs
Broxbourne Cricket Club, 8 August
Norway Under-19s 240 (48.2 overs, Hayatullah Niazi 84, Shafiullah Ahmadzai 57, Kabir Mangal 40, Siddiq Rizwan 4-45)
Italy Under-19s 94 (23 overs, M Kashan 47, Kabir Mangal 3-14, Hayatullah Niazi 3-45)
Sweden Under-19s beat Belgium Under-19s by 4 wickets
Hare Field, Coggeshall, 8 August
Belgium Under-19s 126 (46.2 overs, Usman Jabbar 3-15)
Sweden Under-19s 127-6 (47.4 overs, B Niaz 3-25)