|European Under 19 Division 2: Isle of Man, July-August 2011|
Spain collapse against Italy, easy win for the hosts
Italy have won their second match at the European Under-19 Division Two Championship in the Isle of Man after Spain collapsed after they were cruising to a seemingly straightforward victory.
After yesterday's big score against Germany, Italy found the going a little tougher against the Spanish bowling attack. The first two wickets fell with the score on 7, before a 25 run partnership for the third wicket.
From then on, it was a procession of wickets. Yesterday's big scorer Roshendra Abeywickrama was fourth out having scored just 8, and Italy found themselves in trouble on 62-9, before a 27 run partnership for the last wicket took them to 89 all out in 28.1 overs.
Only two batsmen made double figures for Italy, with extras the top scorer with 28. Ben Girling and Ravi Panchal both took three wickets.
In reply, despite losing both openers for ducks, Spain initially looked to be cruising on 49-3. But captain Joel Brook's dismissal just after the lunch interval sparked something of a collapse, and Spain found themselves bowled out for 83 to lose by 6 runs.
Muhammad Adnan sliced through the Spanish batting order with 5-12 from ten overs, whilst Muhammad Asghar also bowled well with 3-9 from his 4.2 overs.
In a rain affected game at Cronkbourne, hosts the Isle of Man made their bow in the tournament, taking on Gibraltar. Rainy conditions early on meant that he game was reduced to 42 overs, eventually taking place in sunny, if a little chilly, conditions.
Put into bat after losing the toss, the hosts scored 176-3 from their 42 overs, aided by some occasionally poor fielding from Gibraltar. Carl Wagstaffe top scored with a well made 78, and was dismissed shortly before the end of the innings.
In reply, Gibraltar were bundled out for 53, thanks to some good fielding and tight bowling from the Isle of Man. Sebastian Aycock was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for just seven runs, all wickets bowled, whilst Adam Killey was in fine form behind the stumps with three stumpings.
Tomorrow's matches in Group A will see the hosts play Germany at Cronkbourne and Gibraltar will play Italy at King William's College.