Italy's disastrous European Under-19 Division 2 Championship campaign ended today with a thrashing at the hands of Denmark at Coggeshall Cricket Club.
Batting first after winning the toss, Denmark started their innings at a rapid pace, with the opening pair of Nicolaj Laegsgaard and Saif Ahmed putting on 113 in just 16 overs before Laegsgaard was out for 59.
That didn't slow the run scoring, with the Danish run rate instead accelerating as Ahmed and Anique Uddin putting on 117 in 14.3 overs before Imran Kahn caught and bowled Uddin for 61, scored from just 49 balls.
The runs just kept coming from Saif Ahmed, and he batted right until the last ball of the innings when he was run out for 151, with Denmark scoring 341-6 from their 50 overs.
Faced with that daunting target, Italy's reply got off to a poor start as they lost their first five wickets with just 40 runs on the board. Shamim Molla Mohamed scored 49 for the Italians, but that was the sole bright spark in their innings.
Italy were eventually bowled out for 121, losing by 220 runs. Anique Uddin was the pick of the Danish bowlers with 4-34, whilst Saif Ahmed took three wickets to add to his 151.
Denmark will play Jersey tomorrow at Mistley Cricket Ground, needing a win to have a chance at promotion to Division One. Italy's tournament is over, and they are assured of finishing last.
Denmark Under-19s beat Italy Under-19s by 220 runs
Coggeshall Cricket Club, 31 July
Denmark Under-19s 341-6 (50 overs, S Ahmed 151, A Uddin 61, N Laegsgaard 59)
Italy Under-19s 121 (37.2 overs, S Molla Mohamed 49, A Uddin 4-34, S Ahmed 3-20)