|European Division 2: Guernsey, July 2010|
Israel end tournament with first win over Germany
A fine all-round performance from Israeli captain Herschel Gutman has led Israel to their first ever win over Germany as they ended their European Championship Division Two campaign with a 56 run win.
After winning the toss and chosing to bat first, Israel started their innings steadilybut lost wickets, reaching 51 when the dangerman Eshkol Solomon was the fourth wicket down in the 14th over. This brought Herschel Gutman to the crease and he played what was very much a captains innings.
He put on 66 for the fifth wicket with Gabriel Schachat and 74 for the sixth wicket with Josh Evans, playing the dominant role in each of those partnerships. Gutman was eventually out for 73 with the score on 194, and the tail put on 28 more runs to help Israel finish on 222, bowled out with one over to spare.
Germany's reply started badly, with the Israeli opening bowlers having them on 9-3 in 5.4 overs. But the fourth wicket pairing of Andre Leslie and Tarun Rawat recovered the innings, putting on 103 together. Leslie was out having scored 39, and Rawat followed him five overs later having scored 54.
Once those two were gone, the German reply lost its impetus, and the game drifted towards its inevitable conclusion. Gutman finished with 4-20 to complete his all-round performance and Germany were bowled out for 166 with one ball to spare, Israel winning by 56 runs.
Despite their defeat today, Germany still qualify for Division Eight of the ICC World Cricket League by virtue of their win in the head to head match with France. That tournament is due to be played in Kuwait later this year.