Guernsey's Frith marches on
Guernsey allrounder Jeremy Frith reinforced his position as one of the outstanding personalities of the tournament at Preston Nomads on Tuesday morning as he followed up his undefeated 99 against Norway on Monday with a 47-ball not out 87 in his side's nine-wicket victory over Austria.
Earlier, the 35-year-old had taken three for 12 with his left-arm spin, helping the islanders to dismiss their opponents for a modest 115. Jordon Martell claimed three for 27 and Matthew Stokes two for 20.
Armaan Randhawa held the Austrian innings together with a well-made 49 from 26 deliveries with three fours and three sixes, and Imran Asif contributed 26 in the closing stages.
But Frith and Lucas Barker quickly took control of the game with an opening stand of 84 in 10.4 overs, and after his partner fell for 32, top-edging a Daniel Stevenson delivery to Munir Ahmed at third man, Frith and Ian Damarell finished things off as Guernsey reached their target in 13.5 overs. Frith hit twelve fours and four sixes in his punishing innings, bringing his tally in two games to 21 fours and nine sixes.
In the other morning match Norway were too strong for Sweden, although the difference between the sides in this Scandinavian derby was not great, as the 28-run margin suggests.
Norway began strongly after winning the toss and electing to bat, Ansar Iqbal (31) and Suhail Iftikhar (19) reaching 56 for the first wicket before Muhammad Naveed struck back for the Swedes, removing both openers and Safir Hayat in his opening over to complete the second hat-trick in two days at the Nomads' complex.
Supported by Ehtesham ul-Haq, Norwegian skipper Shahbaz Butt then got his side back on track, as this pair added 35 for the fourth wicket, and after Ehtesham departed for 18 Butt continued in company with Ali Saleem, adding a further 37.
Naveed returned towards the end to remove first Butt for a 29-ball 33 and then Saleem for a 23-delivery 27, finishing with five for 33, and the Norwegian innings closed on 159 for six.
Sweden's reply started steadily, but they lost wickets at regular intervals and they were never able to get close enough to the required rate to pose a serious threat. Hassan Khan removed both openers at a cost of just 11 runs, and then Abidul Haq (three for 21) and Shahbaz Butt (two for 27) worked their way through the top and middle order.
Swedish captain emulated his Norwegian counterpart by hitting 33 - in his case from just 18 deliveries with one four and three sixes - and Naveed Anjum contributed a run-a-ball 24, but the final total of 131 for seven fell well short of their target.