Co-hosts Guernsey got their challenge off to the perfect start when they completed an emphatic ten wicket win at KGV against Norway.

Having been put in, Norway struggled from the off against an accurate and penetrative Guernsey attack, backed up by an energetic display in the field.

James Nussbaumer (3-7) removed the top three batsmen to leave Norway reeling at 16 for 3, and that got worse with the introduction of spin twins Gary Rich and Jeremy Frith.

The experienced duo tightened the screws, and none of the Norwegian batsmen were able to cope. Firth took 3 for 15, aided by two stumpings by Tom Kimber, both ironically enough off leg side wides.

Rich had the excellent analysis of 2 for 9, as Norway were eventually all out for 57 in 17.2 overs. Only Aamir Waheed (11*) and Ali Saleem (10) reached double figures in a pitiful batting display, in which extras (14) was the highest contributor.

Facing a modest target, Guernsey wasted no time in racing to victory, with teenager Tim Ravenscroft (31*) and Ross Kneller (25*) saring an unbroken opening stand of 60 in just 7.1 overs.

Ravenscroft and Kneller punished anything remotely loose, striking 11 boundaries in total between them, as they laid down a serious marker for the week ahead.