defeated Denmark by 18 runs and were crowned ICC European
Division 1 Champions under lights on Finals Day in Hove.
Italy who won the toss and chose
to bat under the lights got off to a great start, with an
opening partnership of 82 by Andy Northcote and Dinidu Marage
who scored 41 runs including 5 fours before being dismissed off
the bowling of Syed Bashir. Andy Northcote who batted
fantastically throughout brought his 50 up in 31 balls, shortly
after Peter Petricola was dismissed by a brilliant catch on the
boundary by Aftab Ahmed for 31 runs. Carl Sandri came and went
in his opening ball being stumped by Freddie Klokker.
Northcote whose excellent batting performance showcased many
sublime shots, scored an unbeaten 68 runs from 41 balls
including 10 fours. Captain Damian Crowley let loose in the
final few overs scoring a quick fire 66 runs including 3 sixes.
Syed Bashir, Hamid Shah and Bobby Chawla all took a wicket a
piece and Italy ended on 215- 3.
The Denmark run chase took an early setback with Carsten
Pedersen falling for just 2 runs in 1.5 overs. Denmark star man
and leading run scorer for the tournament with 464 runs Freddie
Klokker batted alongside Aftab Ahmed steadily putting on the
runs. Italian captain Damian Crowley’s breakthrough came in a
timely fashion trapping Ahmed lbw for 29. After some superb
batting Klokker was dismissed for 58 in 36 balls, including 7
fours and 1 six leaving Denmark at 138-3 in 12.3 overs; leaving
him with an average of 77.33 runs per match.
Kamran Mahmood brought his fifty up with a boundary 52 runs in
27 balls, but was shortly dismissed for 58 after being caught
and bowled by Crowley whose delight was evident. Denmark’s hopes
began to slip away as Hamid Shah was out for 8 and Taha Ahmed
bowled by Marage for 6. Chawla was run out for 12 as wickets
began to fall. In the final over needing 26 runs Denmark’s Syed
Bashir was out for 6 and fell short of the total by 18 runs.
Italy’s captain Damian Crowley was delighted with the victory, “
I am pretty much lost for words, winning the tournament has been
great effort and shows the character in our squad,” said