Frith the star of the show as Guernsey beat Norway
Horsham Cricket Club this afternoon saw Guernsey's Jeremy Frith put on a master-class in how to pace a Twenty20 innings, leading to Guernsey making the perfect Twenty20 run chase.
The match started with Norway winning the toss and electing to bat first on a pitch that saw the Italians make over 200 in the first game of the day. And Norway started well with Ansar Iqbal batting well to take his team to 70-1 at the halfway stage.
His dismissal in the 17th over for 69 from 58 balls sparked something of a collapse. The Norwegians went from 128-2 to 159-7 after 20 overs, still scoring runs but losing wickets, preventing them from pushing on towards 200. Frith was the pick of the bowlers with 2-23.
Guernsey's reply didn't start well when Lucas Barker was dismissed from the first ball of the match. Isaac Damarell and Ross Kneller were dismissed in the fifth and sixth overs, and Guernsey looked to be struggling on 35-3.
But Frith, who had opened the batting with Barker, was plugging away at the other end, scoring steadily to start with, but picked up speed as the game went on. He reached his fifty in the 15th over from 42 balls.
Having now got his eye in, he launched something of an onslaught on the Norwegian bowling attack, smashing five huge sixes, the last of which brought the scores level and took Frith to 95. He tried to win the match with another six to bring up a well deserved century, but fell just short with a 4, leaving him on 99 not out.
David Hooper also contributed to what was an unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 128, scoring an unbeaten 41 from 35 balls. But Frith's innings was the undoubted highlight of day one, and more than made up for him dropping Ansar Iqbal on 47.
On the other Horsham ground, Italy made it two wins from two on the opening day with a thumping win over Gibraltar.
Gibraltar batted first after winning the toss and struggled against some very tight and economical Italian bowling. Sandri was the least economical for Italy, but took three wickets to finish with 3-27. Iain Latin was the only Gibraltar player to get a decent start, scoring 27 not out in their total of 95-5.
Italy had no problem at all chasing down that target, and did so in fine style, winning by 10 wickets in just nine overs. Marage made up for his low score in the first game today by scoring 65 from 31 balls.