Denmark are technically the defending champions of Division 2 of the European Under-19 Championship, having beat the Isle of Man in the final three years ago, but a restructure has meant that the Netherlands and the two Channel Island sides have come down from Division 1 and will provide a stiff challenge to the Danes.
But part one of that challenge has been overcome today by Denmark, who beat Guernsey by 23 runs today at Essex University.
Batting first after winning the toss, Denmark were unable to put together any sort of substantial partnership, but did manage to bat out their 50 overs, scoring 187-9. Mads Henriksen top scored for them with 59, whilst Jack Ingrouille was the pick of the Guernsey bowlers with 4-42.
In reply, Guernsey lost their top three for single figure scores, but did manage to stay ahead of the rate, with William Fazakerley and Alex Bushell putting on 56 for the fifth wicket. But when Bushell was run out having scored 38, Guernsey began to collapse.
In under 5 overs, Guernsey went from 135-4 to 142-9. The last wicket fought valiantly, putting on 22, but they were bowled out for 164.
Both sides will be back in action tomorrow, with Denmark taking on the Netherlands at Kelvedon & Feering Cricket Club and Guernsey playing Italy at Colchester Cricket Club.
Denmark Under-19s beat Guernsey Under-19s by 23 runs
Essex University Cricket Grounds, 27 July
Denmark Under-19s 187-9 (50 overs, M Henriksen 59, J Ingrouille 4-42)
Guernsey Under-19s 164 (44 overs, A Bushell 38, S Ahmed 3-28)