Norway bounce back with big win over Gibraltar
After a disappointing opening match against Guernsey in which they lost by ten wickets, Norway have bounced back in fine style with an 8 wicket win over Gibraltar at Port Soif in Guernsey.
Gibraltar captain Iain Latin won the toss and this time elected to bat first. Their innings started badly with Ross Harkins dismissed from the third ball of the innings with the score on five.
The innings never really recovered after that, with some poor running between the wickets, and Gibraltar could only manage 77-8 from their 20 overs. Shabaz Butt was the pick of the bowlers with 3-13.
Norway's innings started with a big hitting innings from Zaheer Ashiq. Playing proper cricket shots, never slogging, he smashed 35 from 20 deliveries before he was out in the fifth over.
Norway were on 45 at that point and well ahead of the game. They only lost one more wicket and, aided by some poor Gibraltar fielding, they reached their target in the tenth over to win by 8 wickets.
Norway will play Croatia and Italy tomorrow, whilst Gibraltar will hope to bounce back against Italy and Croatia.