domenica 24 luglio 2011

L'Italia perde dalla Danimarca e si classifica seconda

In una brutta partita l'Italia, con la testa gia' a Dubai, perde dalla Danimarca e si classifica seconda.
Difficile conservare la concentrazione quando l'obiettivo principale e' stato raggiunto.

Italia 83 all out perde da Danimarca 84/4

Il torno di qualificazione mondiale (16 squadre per 2 posti) si disputerà a Dubai a metà marzo 2012.

La squadra festeggia dopo la vittoria con Jersey

La squadra festeggia dopo la vittoria con Jersey

sabato 23 luglio 2011

L'Italia prenota il biglietto per Dubai

A Dubai l'Italia ci sarà! 

A Jersey davanti ad un pubblico ostile ed in svantaggio per tutta la partita gli Azzurri intorno ad una monumentale prestazione di Damian Crowley battono in volata i padroni di casa e mantengono vivo il sogno iridato - Italia 133 (Crowley 55) batte Jersey 119 (Crowley 2/10 - Munasinghe 2/17 - Alaud 2/23). 

La qualificazione mondiale per la World Cup 2012 in programma in Sri Lanka tra un anno avrà luogo a Dubai a marzo 2012. 

Denmark, Italy and Jersey complete semi final places

Jersey 22nd July 2011
Guernsey beat Gibraltar to seal their place in semis
Denmark, Italy and Jersey complete semi final places
An unbroken fifth wicket stand of 78 in just 53 balls between Jeremy Frith and Ross Kneller helped Guernsey to a six wicket win over Gibraltar at College Field and a place in tomorrow's semi-finals.
Chasing 117 for the win, Guernsey lost two wickets in the first over as both Tim Ravenscroft and Tom Kimber fell to Mark Bacarese (2-15), to silence the sizeable home support. Andrew Reyes (1-17) trapped Lee Savident in front to leave it 10 for 3, and when Ross Hawkins bowled Guernsey captain Stuart Le Prevost for 18, the game was very much in the balance.
The experienced Frith however remained calm and in conjunction with Kneller ensured the target was reached with 15 balls to spare. Frith struck two fours in his 44 from 43 balls, while Kneller was the more aggressive, hitting 5 fours in his unbeaten 40 from just 29 balls.
Guernsey had bowled steadily, with all the bowlers keeping Gibraltar in check. Gary Rich (2-15) and James Nussbaumer (2-28) were the most successful, with Stuart Bisson (1-12) and Tim Ravenscroft (1-24) the other wicket takers.
Dave Coram (36) anchored the Gibraltar innings, while Mark Bacarese (14) and Iain Latin (12) were the other players to reach double figures. A final total of 116 proved competitive, but not quite enough in the final analysis.
Opening batsman Frederik Klokker smashed an unbeaten 91 to lead Denmark to a 92 run win over Germany, putting them top of Group B and cementing their place in the semi-finals.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first at Farmers, Denmark amassed 166-1 in 20 overs, Klokker leading from the front with a score of 91 off 62 balls including six 4s and three 6s. Klokker had put on 69 for the first wicket with fellow opener Shehzad Ahmed (30), who was then stumped in the 9th over off leg-spinner Kashif Haider. This brought captain Michael Pedersen to the crease and he continued his good form of yesterday to make 38 in 33 balls including two 6s.
In reply Germany struggled from the outset, slumping to 28-3 in 5.1 overs as they lost the key men of Rajudeen, Khan and Chaudhry. Matters got worse when they were 41-7 in 8.4 overs as Denmark's spinners ripped through the German middle order.
Germany finished on 74-9 in 16.1 overs with Rana-Javed Iqbal unable to bat due to an injury, handing Denmark a comprehensive victory and setting up a semi-final clash with Guernsey tomorrow. Bashir Shah was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-8 in 4 overs and skipper Pedersen took 3-9 in 3 overs.
Jersey beat France by 8 wickets in Group B to book their place in the semi-finals and a clash against Group A winners Italy. Chasing a total of 98 in glorious sunshine at FB Fields, opener Ed Farley made an unbeaten 57, including six 4s and a 6, as Jersey eased to victory in 14.5 overs. Farley rode his luck at times, almost run-out on three occasions and dropped on the boundary when on 45, but he managed to survive and, with captain Peter Gough (16*), saw Jersey home comfortably.
Although it was a straight-forward victory France had earlier looked dangerous having won the toss and elected to bat, opener Ramesh Sithambaranathan (25) smashing Ryan Driver for six into the car park off the third ball of the innings. France were going well at 32-0 in 5 overs but then left-arm spinner Ben Stevens removed Sithambaranathan, stumped by Ed Farley as he overstretched playing a drive.
This shifted the momentum as only 17 came from the next 5 overs, Jersey turning the screw with medium-pacers Carlyon, Vautier and Perchard all bowling a good line and length. France then continued to struggle to find the boundary and finished on 98-7 in 20 overs. It was a total that was to be 50 or 60 short of par.
Italy have secured their place in the semi-finals after a big win over Norway at KGV in a winner takes all match today.
Put into bat, Italy started their innings badly when Hayden Patrizi was bowled by Waheed Aamir in the first over, but the second wicket pair recovered well with a 70 run partnership before Andrew Northcote was out for 39, made from 29 balls. The next partnership really took the game away from Norway with Damian Crowley scoring 77 from 59 balls and Peter Petricola smashing 48 from just 29 balls. They took Italy's score to 185-2 in their 20 overs.
That was to prove too difficult a target for Norway to chase. Italian captain Alessandro Bonora rotated his bowlers frequently, rarely giving anyone a two over spell and not allowing the batsmen to settle. Adeel Ibrar scored 33, but he was the only Norwegian player to get a start, and they succumbed for 87-9, with their wicket-keeper unable to bat after injuring himself in the field. Italy will now play Jersey in tomorrow's semi-final, whilst Norway will play Belgium in the crossover fixtures.
A remarkable all round and record breaking display from Amar Naeem has given Austria their third win of the tournament at Port Soif today.
Naeem smashed an unbeaten century from just 63 balls, his second fifty coming from a remarkable 19 balls. At one point he took 22 off a single over. His chanceless innings took Austria to a formidable 176-3 from their 20 overs and was the first century of the tournament, and the first for Austria in Twenty20 cricket. Imran Asif also chipped in with an unbeaten 35 from 30 balls.
It was a difficult run chase for the Croatian batsmen, but they set about their run chase in fine style, with opener Christopher Pivac racing to 64 from 46 balls when he was second out with the score on 94-2. His dismissal sparked a collapse in the Croatian batting line-up, as they collapsed to 125 all out with Amar Naeem recording a remarkable five stumpings. Austria finished third in their group and will play France in the crossover fixtures.
Israel crashed to their fifth consecutive defeat as they lost to Belgium by 5 wickets at Les Quennevais.
Israel lost the toss and were put into bat, a good decision by the Belgians as they dismissed the two Israeli openers, Hyman and Nagavkar, for 0. Eshkol Solomon (25) and Daniel Hotz (40) then put on 36 to steady the innings but wickets fell at regular intervals and Israel finished 106 all out in 19.3 overs. The Belgian bowlers shared around the wickets with Waqas Shafiq being the most economical, taking 7-2 in 4 overs.
In response Belgium got off to a solid start, openers Nirvam Shah (11) and Ali Raza (14) sharing in a stand of 30. They then suffered a mini-collapse as they fell to 57-5, with young leg-spinner Josh Evans picking up three of the top-order wickets to fall. However, a run-a-ball 28 from Simon Newport and Nadeem Khan's 24 off 19 balls dashed any hopes Israel had of victory, the Belgian pair getting their side home with 2 overs to spare. Belgium's win sees them finish 3rd in Group B, setting up a fixture against Norway in the crossover matches.
Israel meanwhile will play Gibraltar at Les Quennevais.
Brief scores: (from the morning matches)
Group A:
Elizabeth College: Guernsey (2) beat Gibraltar (0) by 6 wickets.Gibraltar 116-8 (20 overs, D Coram 36)Guernsey 117-4 (17.3 overs, J Frith 44*, R Kneller 40*)Port Soif: Austria (2) beat Croatia (0) by 52 runs.Austria 176-3 (20 overs, A Naeem 100*)Croatia 125 (18.5 overs, C Pivac 64)
King George V: Italy (2) beat Norway (0) by 98 runs.Italy 185-2 (20 overs, D Crowley 77*, P Petricola 48*, A Northcote 39)Norway 87-9 (17.2 overs, A Ibrar 33)Group B:
FB Fields: Jersey (2) beat France (0) by 8 wickets.France 98-6 (20 overs)Jersey 99-2 (14.5 overs, E Farley 57*)Farmers: Denmark (2) beat Germany (0) by 92 runs.Denmark 166-1 (20 overs, F Klokker 91*, M Pedersen 38*, S Ahmed 30)Germany 74-9 (16.1 overs, B Shah 4-8, M Pedersen 3-9)Les Quennevais 1: Belgium (2) beat Israel (0) by 5 wickets.Israel 106 (19.3 overs)Belgium 107-5 (17.5 overs) 
ICC European Division 1 Championship table (as at end 22nd July)
Group A table:
                            P    W    T    NR   L   Pts    NRR
Italy                       5    4    0    0    1    8     1.82
Guernsey                    5    4    0    0    1    8     1.49
Austria                     5    3    0    0    2    6    -0.20
Norway                      5    3    0    0    2    6    -0.58
Gibraltar                   5    1    0    0    4    2    -1.65
Croatia                     5    0    0    0    5    0    -0.98
Group B table:
                            P    W    T    NR   L   Pts    NRR
Denmark                     5    4    0    0    1    8     2.52
Jersey                      5    4    0    0    1    8     1.20
Belgium                     5    3    0    0    2    6    -0.45
France                      5    2    0    0    3    4    -0.04
Germany                     5    2    0    0    3    4    -1.29
Israel                      5    0    0    0    5    0    -1.62

venerdì 22 luglio 2011


Trasferimento a Jersey con il traghetto.
Sembrano profughi ma sono solo giocatori stanchi in attesa della partenza.

L'Italia batte la Norvegia ed è in semifinale contro Jersey

Dopo la sconfitta di ieri con i padroni di casa di Guernsey la squadra italiana ha vinto la partita fondamentale con la Norvegia e, grazie al miglior Net Run Rate, ha addirittura conquistato il primo posto del girone.
Nel pomeriggio trasferimento a Jersey in traghetto e domani le semifinali:
Italia - Jersey e Danimarca - Guernsey

Da queste quattro squadre usciranno le due finaliste che si garantiranno cosi un posto per il torneo di Dubai che consentira' di accedere ai mondiali T20.

giovedì 21 luglio 2011

Norway win sets up vital clash with Italy

Jersey 21st July 2011
Norway win sets up vital clash with Italy
Jersey comprehensively beaten by Denmark
Norway set up a winner takes all clash with Italy tomorrow after they comprehensively outplayed Austria to record the easiest of 9 wicket wins at College Field.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Austria weren't allowed to settle as Norway attacked from the start. Waheed Aamir removed Amar Naeem in the first over, and that set the tone for the whole innings. Lakmal Kasthuriarchchige top scored with 13, and Amandeep (11) was the only other player to reach double figures, as extras (14) was the highest contributor to their meagre total of 64 all out in 16.3 overs.
Syed Waqas Ahmed (2-6), Shahbaz Butt (2-16) and Waheed Aamir (2-27) all bowled well, while Wasim Gill (1-12) and Babar Shahzad (1-0) were the other wicket takers.
A special note of praise for Norwegian wicket-keeper Moosa Rashid, who was involved in both a brilliant run out and stumping. In addition he took the final catch off the bowling of Shahzad.
Low totals have sometimes proved tricky this week, but not in this instance, as Norway raced to victory in just 9 overs.
Zeeshan Ali (21*), Adeel Ibrar (20*), and Zaheer Ashiq (20), all batted positively, striking 10 fours and 2 sixes between them. Ashiq was the only wicket to fall, brilliantly run out by a direct hit from Soggi, but it proved the only consolation for Austria in a game completely dominated from start to end by Norway.
Denmark easily beat Jersey by 58 runs at Farmers this afternoon to leave all to play for in the final round of matches in Group B.
Having been put into bat by Jersey skipper Peter Gough, the Danish openers Frederik Klokker (57 off 49 balls) and Shehzad Ahmed (35 off 32 balls) raced along to 57-0 in 8 overs. Pedersen (53 off 32 balls) and Klokker batted with great poise to put on 91 for the second wicket, as they put the Jersey bowlers to the sword. Denmark eventually finished their 20 overs on 168-3 with Aftab Ahmed also chipping in with a valuable 11 off 7 balls.
In response Jersey never really got going, losing openers Dean Morrison (8) and Ed Farley (3) with only 16 on the board. Denmark's spinners then put the squeeze on Jersey and any realistic hopes they had of getting close to the Danish total rested upon the experienced duo of Ryan Driver (16) and Tony Carlyon (13). So when both were dismissed within the space of 6 balls, Carlyon caught off the bowling of Ahmed and Driver bowled trying to hit Chawla for six, the game was all but over.
Jersey battled on and recovered from 59-6 to end on 110-9 in 20 overs, Ben Stevens making 27 off 18 balls including one 4 and two 6s, but it was all too little too late.  Denmark's four spinners had proven the key and Chawla returned the best figures of them, picking up 3-10 in his four overs.
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.
In Group A Croatia are left in the relegation play-offs after a seven wicket defeat to Gibraltar at KGV today.
Batting first, Paul Vujnovich played an anchor role for Croatia in the early part of their innings, scoring 34 from 44 balls before he was out with the score on 76-4. The middle order then took the score on to 120-5 in their 20 overs, which should have been a defendable target for their bowlers.
But Gibraltar set about their chase well, and chased down the target with one over to spare. Dave Coram top scored with 36 at a run a ball.
Germany held their nerve to beat Belgium by 5 runs in a nail-biting finish at FB Fields.
With Belgium needing 6 to win off the last over and 2 wickets remaining, Faisal Khaliq was run out off the first ball attempting a run through to the keeper. Rana-Javed Iqbal then kept a cool head to bowl two consecutive dot balls before dismissing number 11 Waqas Shafiq, who could only clip the ball to the sub fielder at square leg.
Belgium had looked to be in a good position at 86-3 after 12 overs, Jamie Farmiloe (31) and Shiaval Mehta (31) running excellently between the wickets and sharing in a 47-run partnership. But spinner Syed Shah then shifted the momentum back in Germany's favour as he took the key wicket of Mehta. Belgian hopes then rested on the shoulders of Farmiloe but he too succumbed to Shah, stumped in the 17
th over as he tried to come down the track.
Faisal Khaliq (13) and Shahid Muhammad (16*) then hit some lusty blows to take Belgium within touching distance but it was to be Germany's day. Shah finished with the excellent figures of 3-19 from 4 overs and fellow spinner Hassan took 2-22.
Germany's batting line-up had earlier fired for the second time that day, opener Dilshan Rajudeen striking an impressive 58 off 47 balls in their total of 144. Rajudeen brought up his 50 and the team hundred with a high and handsome six over long-off against Nadeem Khan, a knock that included a total of two 4s and two 6s. Lower-order batsman Fazal Rathore also got some vital runs late in the innings, ending on 16 not out from 12 balls.
Faisal Khaliq was the pick of the Belgian bowlers, dismissing the captain Asif Khan (22) and Imran Choudhry (0) in successive balls. He combined an intelligent mix of line and length bowling with some slower balls to finish with figures of 3-22 from 4 overs.
France beat Israel by 32 runs at Grainville this afternoon, leaving Israel languishing at the bottom of Group B.
Having lost the toss and being put into bat, France started in the worst fashion possible as opener Arunkamar Ayyavooraju was out first ball, LBW to David Massil. France then moved to 13-1 before captain Waseem Bhatti (4) was caught by Eshkol Solomon off the bowling of Eliezer Samson. Opener Abdul Rehman (35 off 28 balls) then got into his stride and hit four 6s whilst Williamdeep Singh made 24 to help France to 112 in 19.2 overs.
Massil finished with the best figures of the Israeli bowlers, returning 3-11, whilst Samson took 3-17.
In reply Israel struggled from the off, reduced to 14-3 within the first few overs. It was a position from which they never recovered, captain Herschel Gutman top-scoring with 14 as leg-spinner Zika Ali continued his good form with figures of 4-18 from 4 overs.
Brief scores: (from the afternoon matches)
Group A:
Elizabeth College: Norway (2) beat Austria (0) by 9 wickets.Austria 64 (16.3 overs)Norway 65-1 (9 overs)Port Soif: Guernsey (2) beat Italy (0) by 38 runs.Guernsey 188-6 (20 overs, T Ravenscroft 70, S Le Prevost 45)Italy 150-9 (20 overs, A Northcote 53; T Ravenscroft 3-22, J Frith 3-33)King George V: Gibraltar (2) beat Croatia (0) by 7 wickets.Croatia 120-5 (20 overs, J Vujnovich 34)Gibraltar 121-3 (18 overs, D Coram 36)
Group B:
Farmers: Denmark (2) beat Jersey (0) by 58 runs.Denmark 168-3 (20 overs, F Klokker 57, M Pedersen 53*)Jersey 110-9 (20 overs, B Chawla 3-10)Grainville: France (2) beat Israel (0) by 32 runs.France 112 (20 overs, A Rehman 35, W Singh 24; D Massil 3-11, E Samson 3-17)Israel 80 (19.2 overs, Z Ali 4-18)FB Fields: Germany (2) beat Belgium (0) by 5 runs.Germany 144-8 (20 overs, D Rajudeen 58, F Khaliq 3-22)Belgium 139 (19.4 overs, J Farmiloe 31; S Shah 3-19)
Group A table:
                            P    W    T    NR   L   Pts    NRR
Guernsey                    4    3    0    0    1    6     1.65
Italy                       4    3    0    0    1    6     0.93
Norway                      4    3    0    0    1    6     0.73
Austria                     4    2    0    0    2    4    -0.89
Gibraltar                   4    1    0    0    3    2    -1.85
Croatia                     4    0    0    0    4    0    -0.54

Group B table:
                            P    W    T    NR   L   Pts    NRR
Denmark                     4    3    0    0    1    6     1.89
Jersey                      4    3    0    0    1    6     1.05
France                      4    2    0    0    2    4     0.37
Germany                     4    2    0    0    2    4    -0.42
Belgium                     4    4    0    0    2    4    -0.75
Israel                      4    0    0    0    4    0    -1.87