Belgium still unbeaten after day three
After being level on points with hosts Spain after day two, Belgium are now out in front on their own after a win over Finland today, combined with a Spanish defeat against Israel.
Batting first after winning the toss, Belgium lost Sahid Muhammad from the first ball of their innings, but recovered with a 41 run second wicket partnership between Brighton Watambwa and Mamoon Latif, with Watambwa the second wicket to fall, having scored 23.
A knock of 35 from Waqas Shafiq got the Belgians to 89-3, but his wicket sparked a collapse as they lost their next four wickets for just two runs inside two overs. But then a remarkable innings from number nine Reyhan Faiz swung the game back the way of Belgium.
Fiaz smashed 52 from just 26 balls to take Belgium to a total of 157-7, bringing up his fifty with a six from the last ball of the innings. His eighth wicket partner Faisal Khaliq contributed just 5 to their 66 run partnership.
Finland started their reply well with a 51 run opening partnership between Jonathan Scamans and Shakil Bin Islam, who scored 27 and 28 respectively. But only two other Finnish batsmen were able to reach double figures as they were restricted to 114-9 from their 20 overs, losing by 43 runs.
Belgium weren't reliant on the bowling of Brighton Watambwa as much in today's match as he bowled just two wicketless overs. Instead it was Abdul Rehman who starred with 4-16 from his four overs.
The other game this afternoon saw Israel put hosts Spain into bat after winning the toss. After a terrible start to the Spanish innings in which they made just 16-3 in the six powerplay overs, a fourth wicket partnership of 50 gave Spain's innings a little more credibility.
There wasn't much more to write home about for Spain though as they were bowled out for 111, five deliveries short of their quota of 20 overs. Kapila Perere was the pick of the Israeli bowlers with 4-21.
Israel had little trouble chasing their target, largely thanks to a partnership of 70 for the third wicket between Eitamar Kahamker and Josh Evans. Kahamker was dismissed just short of a half century for 49, whilst Evans finished unbeaten on 43 as Israel completed a seven wicket win.
The final round of matches tomorrow morning will see Belgium and Spain play each other in a match that will decide who gets promoted to Division 2. Spain will need to win by a big enough margin to lift their net run rate above that of Belgium. Greece will play Finland in the other match.
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