ICC Europe Media Release
Jeremy Frith put in a fine all-round performance as Guernsey moved a step closer to the ICC European Division Two title at College Field today.
Guernsey captain Stuart Le Prevost won the toss on a sunny morning and didn't hesitate to put Germany in on what looked to be a bowler's wicket. Germany started well though with Milan Fernando hitting a quickfire 32 from just 30 balls before Savident removed him.
Savident also removed the other opener and bowled his ten overs straight through to finish with 2-25. Jonathan Warr also bowled his overs straight through to finish with 0-25 with Germany having scored 50 from their first 20 overs. Jeremy Frith then took 3-37 to help reduce Germany to 123-6.
An unbroken seventh wicket partnership of 65, interrupted by a brief rain shower, helped Germany recover to post 188-6 from their 50 overs.
In their reply, Guernsey lost both openers for just nine, with the score on 57, by which time Jeremy Frith was already going well. He was joined by Tim Ravenscroft, who recently signed a development contract with Sussex CCC, and the pair put on an unbeaten 133 for the second wicket.
Jeremy Frith, who along with Ravenscroft was running very well between the wickets, hit three to bring up his century, and three balls later Ravenscroft hit a four to end the match and secure a two wicket win for Guernsey. Guernsey will play France tomorrow.
An unbroken 8th wicket partnership of 71 between Shahbaz Butt and Aziz Ataul led Norway to a three wicket win over Gibraltar at Port Soif. Butt made a quite superb 70 from just 88 balls, striking no fewer than eight fours, displaying a fine range of shots all round the ground. He found the perfect foil in the experienced Ataul, who kept his composure making a patient unbeaten 20 to help his side get back in the championship title race, as they overhauled the Gibraltar total of 189 with 5.5 overs to spare.
Earlier an excellent spell from Kabir Mirpuri (3-19) had Norway in all sorts of trouble at 122 for 7 - Karan Sadhwani also bowling well to claim figures of 2 for 45.
Earlier in the day it had been a similar story when Gibraltar batted - Zahher Ashiq (2-9) and Mofassar Saeed (2-21) had the island side in all sorts of difficulties at 94 for 6. However Mark Bacarese with an unbeaten 74 from 127 deliveries (8 fours) and Kabir Mirpuri with 34 not out, added an unbroken 95 for the 7th wicket, to take Gibraltar to a competitive 189 for 6.
Norway face Germany tomorrow in a crucial encounter at KGV, while Gibraltar will seek their first win against Israel at College Field.
France defeated Israel by 65 runs in a high scoring encounter on an excellent batting track at KGV. Having won the toss France elected to bat, and their captain's decision was quickly vindicated by an opening stand of 89 in 14 overs between Arun Ayyavooraju and Ramesh Sithambaranathan (34). Arun has been in scintillating form this week, and his excellent run continued as he top scored with 78 from 98 balls, hitting 9 boundaries. He received excellent support from a very solid French batting line up, with notable contributions from Jonathan Houghton (38), Shahid Malik (32), and Usman Khan (30).
The only downside to the French total of 271 was a knee injury to Houghton which looks set to rule him out of the rest of the tournament. Best with the ball for Israel were Steven Shein (3-45), and Eliezer Samson (2-36).
In reply, Israeli opener Daniel Hyman entertained the large crowd with a superb half century, but despite useful cameos from Herschel Gutman (25), wicket-keeper Shailesh Bangerra (24), and Gabriel Schachat (21), Israel were always off the required pace. In the end they fell 65 runs short, with Rameez Ihsan (3-36) and Shabbir Hussain (2-9) the best of the French attack.
France now have a chance to blow the championship race wide open when they face unbeaten Guernsey at Port Soif tomorrow.