Ireland A began the defence of their country's European Championship Division 1 title with a convincing seven-wicket win over Italy at F.B. Fields on Tuesday, while elsewhere there were first-day victories for hosts Jersey and Scotland A over Denmark and Netherlands A respectively.

Chasing a relatively modest Italian total of 161. Ireland A were made to work hard by a persistent attack; but Irish opener James Hall was equal to the challenge, playing sensibly in reaching an undefeated 61 and taking the Man of the Match award.

At Les Quennevais, Scotland A proved much too strong for their Dutch counterparts in the first encounter between two of the A sides, running out winners by 110 runs. Put in by Netherlands A, the Scots made an excellent start, solid innings from Oliver Hairs (42), Ewan Chalmers (59) and Moneeb Iqbal (36) enabling them to reach their final total of 215 all out. Man of the Match Mohsin Ghaznavi led the way with five for 50 for the Netherlands.

The Dutch batsmen were soon in desperate trouble at 33 for four. Tom Heggelman and Vinoo Tewarie managed to double the score, but once they were both removed by Stander it was left to Adam Woutersen, who top-scored with 23, and the innings closed on 110. Stander finished with three for 13, while there were two wickets apiece for Tyler Buchan, Sean Weeraratna, and Iqbal.

At Grainville tournament hosts Jersey took on Denmark. Denmark won the toss and decided to bat on a pitch that, combined with the overcast conditions, was expected to give the opening bowlers plenty of assistance.

The Jersey bowlers got on top and kept the Danes in check with some accurate seam bowling. Opener Frederick Klokker defied the Jersey attack and carried his bat through the innings, making a patient 67 and taking the Man of the Match award. Denmark ended their innings on 164 for 8.

Jersey found the going tough to begin with and lost two quick wickets. But opener Dean Morrison and wicketkeeper Ed Farley dug in and began to score runs before Farley was run out on 39, while Morrison was caught behind off spinner Michael Pedersen for 55. Chris Jones, supported by Tim de la Haye saw them through to a five- wicket victory.

The match was notable for the 100th international appearance by batsman Carsten Pedersen, who became the first Dane ever to reach this milestone.