Division Two qualifiers Austria shocked co-hosts Guernsey when they held their nerve to claim a nail biting eight run win at KGV.

Satyam Subhash proved their hero as he kept his cool to restrict Guernsey to just one run in the final over, having needed 10 to win from the last six balls.

An opening salvo from Amandeep who smashed 3 sixes and a four in his 40 from just 30 deliveries, meant Guernsey were always on the defensive.

Lakmal Kasthuriarachchige (25) shared in an opening stand of 41 with Amandeep, and the positive approach of both clearly rattled Guernsey. Even the introduction into the attack of the normally reliable Jeremy Frith didn't pay dividends, as he conceded 17 runs in the only two overs he bowled.

Gary Rich (2-19) and Timoth Ravenscroft (3-25) put the brakes on the middle order as Guernsey recovered their composure somewhat, but Imran Asif held things together as Austria finished on 130 for 9 in their 20 overs.

In reply, Guernsey lost Lee Savident for just 4, but looked to be well on course as Timothy Ravenscoft struck four boundaries as he raced to 24 from just 16 balls.

However, his dismissal by leg-spinner Lakmal Kasthuriarachchige (2-17), saw Guernsey forced to consolidate their position.

Skipper Stuart Le Prevost (16), Jeremy Frith (39) and GH Smit (25*) all batted solidly, but with the run rate steadily increasing, the game was always tantalisingly out of their control, as Guernsey finished on 122 for 6.

The win for Austria sets up what should be a fascinating afternoon's play, with the qualification places very much in the balance.