Turkey and Estonia join the battle for second place
Estonia were far too well organised for Bulgaria at Valburga on Friday morning, an unbeaten 51-ball 65 from Oliver Slobodetsky seeing them to a comfortable nine-wicket win, while in Velden Turkey also completed their second win of the tournament with a narrower three-wicket victory over the Czech Republic.
Stuart Clarkson top-scored for Bulgaria after captain Saif-ur-Rehman won the toss and elected to bat, making a solid 36 off 48 deliveries, and this enabled the side to achieve their highest total of the week, but their 121 for eight was still not enough for their bowlers to put the opposing batsmen under any real pressure.
Estonian skipper Tim Heath claimed three for 21 in his four overs, but the key factor was an excellent spell from seamer Kalle Vislapuu, who took three for 26. There were also three catches and a stumping for Estonian keeper Anil Puri.
Slobodetsky and Nand Lal Riar then gave their side a magnificent start with an opening stand of exactly 100, only the second century partnership of the tournament, and when Riar was finally bowled by Saif for 46 from 37 deliveries, Heath supported Slobodetsky the big Ukrainian-born opener as he raced to the target with 26 balls to spare.
The other morning match, by contrast, went to the final delivery, when Turkey hit the winning boundary in chasing down a Czech total of 129 for nine.
Vojtech Hasa hit 38 for the Czechs, with two wickets apiece for Mecit Turkmenoglu, Mohammad Razak, Sajjad Haider and Hammad ul Haq.
Brigham Smith grabbed two wickets as Turkey were reduced to 27 for three, but then Nabeel Munir and Sajjad Haider added 77 for the fourth wicket to bring their side to within striking distance of their target.
Chris Hampson eventually removed Sajjad for 37, triggering the loss of three further wickets, but Nabeel stood firm, making an unbeaten 39 and hitting the four off the final delivery which ensured the points for Turkey.