ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe Qualifier Group B

Guernsey v Austria T20I no. 1688
Played at Tikkurila Cricket Ground, Vantaa
on Wed 27th July 2022
Umpires: Mark Jameson (Germany), Srinidhi Ravindra(Finland)
Shanaka Fernando,3rd Umpire (Italy)
Match Referee: Kevin Gallagher (IRE)
Toss won by Guernsey who elected to bat
Match won by Austria by 2 wkts
Player-Of-The-Match Razmal Shigiwal (Austria)

GUERNSEY inningsRunBall4s6sSRAUSTRIA bowlingOvMdnRunWktECON0s4s6sWDNB
Luke Le Tissierc Ahmadzaib Tariq372851132.14Nathwani403819.574100
Isaac Damarellc Tariqb Akbarjan191511126.66Iqbal402305.75132110
Matthew Stokesc Simpson-Parkerb Zadran181620112.5Zadran402015131010
Josh Butler*c Ahsanb Nathwani202010100Tariq403418.571200
Tom Nightingalerun out (Tariq)120050Akbarjan402315.7572000
Ben Ferbracherun out (Simpson-Parker/Tariq)0000-
Jason Martin †not out19201195
Anthony Stokesnot out18190194.73
David Hooperdnb
William Peatfielddnb
Luke Bicharddnb
Extras(lb 1, w 6)7
TOTAL(for 6 wkts in 20 ov)139
Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Isaac Damarell, 6.6 ov), 2-66 (Luke Le Tissier, 7.4 ov), 3-101 (Josh Butler, 12.5 ov), 4-102 (Tom Nightingale, 13.1 ov), 5-102 (Matthew Stokes, 13.3 ov), 6-103 (Ben Ferbrache, 14.2 ov)

AUSTRIA inningsRunBall4s6sSRGuernsey bowlingOvMdnRunWktECON0s4s6sWDNB
Habib Ahmadzaib Peatfield02000Peatfield402235.5133010
Iqbal Hossainc Ferbracheb MWR Stokes381852211.11Hooper3.403208.7263110
Razmal Shigiwal*b ACF Stokes422960144.82M Stokes403528.75103210
Armaan Randhawarun out (Hooper/Martin)3140021.42Bichard402706.75114000
Mirza Ahsanc Bichardb Peatfield211212175A Stokes402526.25152200
Mark Simpson-Parker+c & b ACF Stokes5100050
Aqib Iqbalb MWR Stokes8131061.53
Abdullah Akbarjannot out590055.55
Sahel Zadranc ACF Stokesb Peatfield451080
Umair Tariqnot out12611200
Amit Nathwanidnb
Extras(w 3)3
TOTAL(for 8 wkts in 19.4 overs)141
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Habib Ahmadzai, 0.2 ov), 2-57 (Iqbal Hossain, 4.6 ov), 3-67 (Armaan Randhawa, 8.2 ov), 4-100 (Mirza Ahsan, 11.5 ov), 5-109 (Razmal Shigiwal, 13.4 ov), 6-114 (Mark Simpson-Parker, 15.5 ov), 7-120 (Aqib Iqbal, 16.4 ov), 8-125 (Sahel Zadran, 17.4 ov)

‘Greens’ hopes of third win dashed in last over’        

By Harry Jones       Guernsey Press      28th July 2022

GUERNSEY experienced last-over heartbreak in their third ICC Men’s T20 Sub Regional Europe Qualifier on Wednesday with a two-wicket defeat to Austria.

The Greens posted their highest score of the Finland-based tournament so far in the first innings as they finished on 139-6, although Austria looked set to chase it down with ease after some destructive early batting. Quick wickets from the Sarnians pushed the required run rate back above six an over, however, tailender Umair Tariq saw his side home with just two balls to spare.

Both sides came into the fixture with a 100% record in Group B of the European qualifiers, although the Austrians had looked the more dangerous of the two with the bat after finishing 214/4 in a 141-run win over Slovenia in their previous outing.

Luke Le Tissier and Zak Damarell wasted no time getting going after Butler sent his side in to bat, reaching the milestone of a 50-partnership midway through the sixth over. Le Tissier in particular was taking the game to the Austrians, playing an impressive reverse sweep for six in between a number of fours.

Luke Bichard Photo by Martin Gray (Sportsphotography)

Austria would eventually halt Guernsey’s momentum, though, as Damarell was caught in the deep for 19 before Le Tissier fell for 37 in the very next over to leave the Sarnians 67-2 from eight overs.

Matt Stokes and Josh Butler, who had swapped positions in the batting order, managed to steady the ship as they took Guernsey past the 100-mark in the 13th over. The pair could not add to their partnership any further, however, and in the space of 10 balls Guernsey had lost Stokes, Butler, Ferbrache and Nightingale while adding just a single run in the process. Ant Stokes and Jason Martin both hit a maximum apiece during the last few overs and finished unbeaten to steer Guernsey to 139-6.

Will Peatfield gave the Sarnians the dream start in the second innings, clean bowling Habib Ahmadzai third ball. Skipper Razmal Shigiwal got 42 from just 28 balls while Iqbal Hossain added 38 at a strike rate of over 211, meaning Austria needed to score just 36 from the last seven overs. Peatfield and Stokes launched a Guernsey fightback following the dismissal of Austria’s danger men as they left their opponents needing more than a run a ball with two wickets to spare. Eventually, though, Tariq and Akbarjan managed to see their side home in the 20th over as the former played a late cut for four to take them to the top of Group B with three wins from three.

Jason Martin demolishes the stumps Photo by Martin Gray (Sportsphotography)

‘It is a disappointing result for us – we definitely fell 20 or 25 runs short of what we wanted with the bat after the start we had,’ said Josh Butler. ‘The lads battled really hard in the field and with the ball but ultimately we did not have quite enough runs to play with.