|European Division 2: Guernsey, July 2010|
Germany win last over thriller against Norway
At KGV, Germany beat Norway by four wickets
Norway 209/9 (50 overs, Shahbaz Butt 73, F Qureshi 27, Z Ashiq 25, Ehsan Latif 4-33, S Hassan 2-33) lost to Germany 213/6 (49.3 overs, J Eggleston 87, S Srinivas 34, A Leslie 27, M Fernando 22, Aamir Waheed 2-33) by four wickets.
A captain’s innings from Germany’s James Eggleston led his side to a narrow four wicket win against Norway, as they passed their target score with just three balls remaining.
Egglestone played the perfect anchor role, making 87 from 145 balls, striking 9 boundaries. He shared in two significant partnerships – 82 for the second wicket with Andre Leslie (27), and what proved to be a match winning 74 for the 5th with Satya Srinivas (34).
The pair both fell in the 49th over bowled by Aamir Waheed (2-33), but Shakeel Hassan’s boundary in the last over sparked off great scenes of celebration in the German squad.
Earlier in the day Shahbaz Butt has once again rescued his side from a precarious position – they had been reduced to 50 for 5 thanks to a wonderful spell of pace bowling from left armer Ehsan Latif (4-33).
Butt scored a brilliant 73 from 113 balls, finding the boundary ropes on 7 occasions. He received good late order support from Khalid (16) and Quershi (27) as they took the score from 97 for 6 to 209 for 9 in their 50 overs.
Germany face Israel in their final match on Monday, hoping that Norway can upset Guernsey if they are to have any chance of pipping the hosts to the title.