Guernsey bounce back with big win over Italy
After the disappointment of their shock defeat to Austria in the morning, Guernsey have bounced back in fine style with a comfortable win over Italy at Port Soif.
In brilliant sunshine, Guernsey won the toss and elected to bat first. They got off to a flying start with the opening pair of Tim Ravenscroft and Lee Savident putting on 65 for the first wicket before Savident was out for 19 in the eighth over.
Ravenscroft stayed in, smashing the Italian bowling to all parts with a 37 ball innings of 70 when he was out five overs later. Captain Stuart Le Prevost also joined in the big hitting, scoring 45 from 28 balls, whilst James Nussbaumer made a brief cameo knock of 21 from 11 balls.
Nussbaumer's late hitting took Guernsey to 188-6 from their 20 overs, the highest score of the tournament so far, and a stiff target for Italy to chase.
Italy started that run chase reasonably well with a second wicket partnership of 61 between Andrew Northcote and Alessandro Bonora giving them a good start. But a mini collapse, sparked by the introduction of the Guernsey spin bowlers saw them go to 96-4.
From then on, the required run rate kept on climbing and Italy struggled to keep up, eventually making 150-9 from their 20 overs to lose by 38 runs.
Italy now have an intriguing winner takes all clash against Norway at KGV tomorrow, whilst Guernsey will secure their semi final place if they beat Gibraltar tomorrow.