Guernsey produced a comprehensive 141 run victory over Gibraltar to seize the initiative in the European Division 2 Championships. Lee Savident's eye catching 91 guided the home team to 264 for 4 from their 50 overs.

In reply Gibraltar floundered early, at one stage being 9 for 3. They were dismissed for 123 in the 44th over. The wickets were shared between Andrew Hutchinson, Jonny Warr, Jamie Nussbaumer, Jeremy Frith, Gary Rich and Tim Ravenscroft.

Gibraltar are back on KGV Playing Fields, Rue Cohu tomorrow (Weds 14th July), when they will meet Germany. Guernsey will look to make it two wins out of two when they play Israel at Rovers Club, Port Soif.

Elsewhere, there was a far tighter game involving Germany and France. Germany scored 172 for 9. Farooq Ahmed led the charge with 40. France fell short in their bid for victory, though while Arun Ayyavooraju (63) was at the crease. Time was on the French's side, but the last pair needed 30 for victory and that was always too tall an order. They finished on 167 all out from 48.5 overs.

The third game on Day 1 was a hard fought contest between Norway and Israel at College Field. Norway were bowled out in the final over for 204. Damien Shortis top scored with 66. At 191 for 4 with nearly 4 overs remaining Israel looking in control, but number 11 Eliezer Sampson was run out on the penultimate ball of the match, with the Israelis still 4 short of victory.