|European Division 2: Guernsey, July 2010|
France too strong for Gibraltar
At College Park, France beat Gibraltar by 143 runs.
France 282/6 (Arun Ayyavooraju 90, Shahid Malik 81*, Waseem Bhatti 21, Usman Khan 21, Karan Sadhwani 2-54, Iain Latin 2-62) beat Gibraltar 139/10 (44.3 overs, I Farrell 35, Karan Aswani 29, C Rocca 20, Ali Akbar 3-10, Shahid Malik 2-23) by 143 runs.
France ended their tournament on a winning note following a thoroughly professional display against Gibraltar at College Field.
A solid batting display highlighted by two quite brilliant knocks from the talented Arun Ayyavooraju (90), a quite destructive innings of 81 from the explosive Shahid Malik.
Malik’s 81 occupied just 36 balls and contained 6 sixes and 5 fours, as the Gibraltar bowlers wilted in the heat.
Arun Ayyavooraju was more circumspect, content to play the anchor role – his innings of 90 took 144 balls and included 8 boundaries.
There were useful cameos from Usman Khan and Waseem Bhatti who both scored 21 in the French total of 282 for 6.
The wicket takers for Gibraltar were Karan Sadhwani (2-54), Iain Latin (2-62) and Vickram Khatwani (1-57).
In reply Gibraltar got off to a decent start with Ian Farrell (35) and Karan Aswani (29) adding 62 for the first wicket.
Both were dismissed in quick succession by Shahid Malik (2-23), before they pressed the self-destruct button.
They suffered no fewer than four run outs, as the sharp French fielding put them under increasing pressure.
Ali Akbar (3-10) wrapped up the tail as Gibraltar were eventually dismissed for 139 despite some late resistance from skipper Christian Rocca (20).
The win gives France six points, but they finish third below Germany by virtue of the fact that they lost their head to head encounter.