ICC Europe Media Release
Israel has defeated Gibraltar by 30 runs thanks to a record breaking and match winning innings from Eshkol Solomon at College Field in Guernsey today.
Israel won the toss and chose to bat on a warm and sunny day. They got off to a good start with a 44 run partnership between Josh Evans and Shailesh Bangera, but once that partnership was broken, wickets began to fall regularly.
But despite the wickets falling, Solomon remained unbeaten. He played a fantastic innings, including some audacious reverse sweeps, and when he reached his century became only the second Israeli centurion, the first since David Moss scored 108 against Fiji in the 1986 ICC Trophy.
He carried on batting, passing Moss's record for the highest individual score, to finish on 120 from 116 balls when he was bowled with two deliveries remaining. He helped Israel recover from a perilous 102-7 to score exactly 200. Iain Latin was the pick of the bowlers with 4-43.
That target should have been chaseable for Gibraltar, but they started badly when they lost their first two wickets with just one run on the board. Opener Vikram Khatwani attempted to play an anchor role, scoring a resolute 22 from 110 balls, but nobody wanted to score the runs at the other end.
Richard Buzaglo attempted to provide some impetus with a 37 ball innings of 30 and Kabir Mirpuri hit a 54 ball 45, by which time it was too late. Josh Evans, Israel's young leg-spinner, bowled excellently to take 4-21, as Gibraltar were restricted to 170-9, giving Israel a 30 run win.
After the match ICC Europe Regional Development Manager Richard Holdsworth presented Eshkol Solomon with the match ball as a souvenir of his record breaking innings.
Israel will play Germany on the last day of the tournament on Monday. Despite their win today, Israel are now out of the reckoning for the final place in Division 8 of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League, with France and Germany still in the running.
Guernsey remain on course to win the ICC Europe WCL Division Two Championship after defeating France by six wickets at Port Soif. They passed the French total of 189 with just seven balls to spare thanks to a solid batting display, with opener Blane Queripel top scoring with 57. Queripel shared in stands of 46 for the opening wicket with Lee Savident (28), and 72 for the third wicket with Jeremy Frith (46). Queripel's knock came off 90 balls and contained six boundaries.
Guernsey skipper Stuart Le Prevost led his team over the finishing line with a typically positive 31 not out, which came off just 39 balls, and contained three boundaries.
Earlier France had overcome the loss of their star batsman Arun Ayyavoraju for 24, to be in a strong position at 119 for 1 with 21 overs remaining. The dismissal of Ramesh Sithambaranathan for 51 proved a turning point - one of three victims for Jeremy Frith (3-30). He had shared in a second wicket stand of 78 with William Singh who made 45 from 68 balls.
For Guernsey, Gary Rich was also among the wickets (3-46), as France lost their last 7 wickets for 49 runs as they chased quick runs. Jamie Nussbaumer (2-26) is also worthy of a mention.
Guernsey's final game is on Monday when they face Norway at KGV.
A captain's innings from Germany's James Eggleston led his side to a narrow four wicket win against Norway, as they passed their target score with just three balls remaining. Egglestone played the perfect anchor role, making 87 from 145 balls, striking 9 boundaries. He shared in two significant partnerships - 82 for the second wicket with Andre Leslie (27), and what proved to be a match winning 74 for the 5th with Satya Srinivas (34). The pair both fell in the 49th over bowled by Aamir Waheed (2-33), but Shakeel Hassan's boundary in the last over sparked off great scenes of celebration in the German squad.
Earlier in the day Shahbaz Butt has once again rescued his side from a precarious position - they had been reduced to 50 for 5 thanks to a wonderful spell of pace bowling from left armer Ehsan Latif (4-33). Butt scored a brilliant 73 from 113 balls, finding the boundary ropes on 7 occasions. He received good late order support from Khalid (16) and Quershi (27) as they took the score from 97 for 6 to 209 for 9 in their 50 overs.
Germany face Israel in their final match on Monday, hoping that Norway can upset Guernsey if they are to have any chance of pipping the hosts to the title.