ICC Europe T20 Division 1 Sussex 2013

Guernsey v Sweden

Played at Horsham 2 on 12th July 2013, ICC European Division 1
Toss won by Sweden who elected to bat
Guernsey Won by 7 wkts
Umpires NG Bagh (Denmark) – H Jansen (Netherlands) – D Kenworthy (IoM)
Scorer RG Milne and S Veillard

Sweden InningsHow outBowlerRunsBalls4s6sS/R BowlerOvMdnRunsWktWdNbE/R
Ashik Imtiazc Kimberb Newey270028.6Nussbaumer40141103.5
+Sadat Sidiqic Kimberb Nussbaumer171230141.7Newey20161008
Sarmad Imtiazb Breban8190042.1Breban40281207
Naveed Anjumc Kimberb Frith471057.1Frith40262016.5
*Yasir Ikramlbwb Ellis680075Ellis40311107.8
Azam Mohammadst Kimberb Frith250040Hooper20130106.5
Sunny Sharmanot out513871134.2
Shahid Sarwarnot out312502124
SF Coneindnb
M Jadvestdnb
Wakil Jalalidnb
Extras(b2, lb2, w6, nb1, p0)11
Totalfor 6 wkts in 20 overs132
Fall of wickets
1-5(Ashik Imtiaz,) 2-27(Sadat Sidiqi), 3-33(Naveed Anjum), 4-34(Sarmad Imtiaz), 5-40(Azam Mohammad), 6-54(Yasir Ikram)

Guernsey InningsHow outBowlerRunsBalls4s6sS/R BowlerOvMdnRunsWktsWdNbE/R
LJ Barkerc Sadat Sidiqib SF Conein8420200SF Conein30221107.3
JDJ Frithb M Jadvest473280146.9Azam Mohammad40251006.3
IDA Damarellc Wakil Jalalib Azam Mohammad8601133.3Wakil Jalali303002010
GH Smitnot out514651110.9Naveed Anjum3.30270107.7
DR Hoopernot out161110145.5M Jadvest202610013
MT BrebandnbShahid Sarwar1040004
MLA Ellisdnb
+TCR Kimberdnb
R Knellerdnb
OE Neweydnb
JAJ Nussbaumerdnb
Extras(b0, lb0, w4, nb0, p0)4
Totalfor 3 wkts in 16.3 overs134
Fall of wickets
1-9(LJ Barker), 2-18(IDA Damarell), 3-102(JDJ Frith)

‘Hove is in sight’          by Rob Batiste

BARRING a very improbable set of results today in Sussex, Guernsey will be through to Saturday’s prestige semi-finals of the ICC European T20 Championships at the county ground, Hove. After thrashing Gibraltar yesterday afternoon to register a third win in four group A games, Guernsey were two points clear of the Austrians with just one round of qualifying matches remaining. In those, Nic Pothas’s largely inexperienced side take on the Swedes, who lie bottom of the table, while the Austrians play Italy, who have won four from four, including yesterday’s 29-run victory over the Sarnians. At the day’s end Pothas spoke highly of his side and said he was not at all surprised to be in charge of a team on the verge of the semis. ‘It was what we expected ourselves, but we still have to do it’, said the former South African international who will ensure against complacency today, that’s for sure. ‘This morning [against Italy] I was very encouraged with the way we came back into the game after a tough start. ‘Max [Ellis] and Stokesy were absolutely brilliant. ‘We then started well batting, but we then reverted to type and took some bad options.’ But, he said the positives far outweighed any negatives from the day. ‘I think that if there are any negatives, it is that we didn’t stick to our game plans. But it was a great day for the young lads.’ Ellis bowled quite superbly all day, Stokes held up well against the big-hitting Italians and Lucas Barker helped himself to an unbeaten half-century.

Danish Destiny           by Matt Lihou

GH SMIT hit an impressive half-century as Guernsey set up their expected semi-final with Denmark, who stand in the way of a historic place in the World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dubai this winter, Nic Pothas’ young Sarnian side did what was needed of them in comfortable fashion in Horsham yesterday afternoon, beating Sweden by seven wickets. Coupled with Italy’s win over Norway, Guernsey finished second in Group A of the ICC European T20 Division One Championship and set up a semi-final clash this afternoon against Group B winners Denmark. The Scandinavians were the joint tournament favourites and Guernsey must upset the form book to defeat them and book their spot in the Middle East, which hosts the final qualifier for the World Twenty20 itself next year. Whoever wins that last-four clash will play in the final against Italy or Jersey under the floodlights this evening, but for Pothas’ men, 2.30pm is when they will face their do-or- die clash. They will hope for a repeat performance of their routine victory over the Swedes, who were restricted to 132 for six from their 20 overs, despite a late surge, Sunny Sharma ending on 53 not out. With opener Jeremy Frith in superb form, that always looked achievable for Guernsey and so it proved, although they had to overcome a shaky start. Lucas Barker fell in the first over and he was soon joined by fellow teenager Zak Damarell, who fell to a stupendous catch at long-on off a full toss just moments after clearing the ropes. That left Guernsey at 18 for two from two overs, bringing Smit to the wicket, with he and Frith managing the situation coolly. They brought the target down to 69 from 60 balls before accelerating and 38 were smashed from the next two overs, all but ending the contest.

Frith fell for 47, but Smit went on to make his half-century and finish unbeaten on 51, the highlight a straight six that flew into the sightscreen. He was joined for the closing stages by Dave Hooper, who rounded things off with a boundary to win it with over three overs to spare.

Today will be a step up in class entirely, however.  Denmark have been in brutal form and finished off their group stage with a 124-run demolition of Belgium, posting 199 and then restricting their opponents out for just 75.

• Live streaming of both semi-finals and the final from Hove will be available online at ICC Europe TV. Selected highlights from the group matches are available on the ICC Europe YouTube channel and on the tournament website.