Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Italy best Isle of Man to claim Europe Finals slot. Italy comfortably chased down 101.
Italy comfortably chased down 101.
Italy completed their unbeaten run through the European T20 Wold Cup Sub-Regional Qualifier C to claim their berth alongside Denmark, Jersey and Germany at next year's European T20 Qualifier finals, comfortably chasing 101 against the Isle of Man, to go one step away from the 2024 T20 WC in the West Indies and USA.
Harry John Manenti's spell of 3-14 from 4 overs up top was instrumental in restricting the Manx to just 101-8 in the first innings. Italy then chased down the target inside 11 overs thanks to Justin Mosca's 17-ball 29 from the top of the order and Marcus Campopiano's unbeaten 35 from number three.
Manenti justified captain-coach Gareth Berg's decision to field first, as he removed the top order of the Manx batting line-up, taking three consecutive wickets including that of tournament top-scorer George Burrows, miscuing a loose swipe outside off out to long off on the first ball of the 13th for an uncharacteristically belaboured 20 off 27, with the Islanders well off the pace at 66-3.
Carl Hartman's run-a-ball 30 would be the best any Manx batsman would manage, scraping their way to triple figures even as wickets tumbled at the death. The 102-run target would prove light work for the Azurri, despite the Manx' stand-out bowler for the tournament, Joe Burrows, bagging two wickets in the powerplay. Campopiano would strike an assured, unbeaten 36 off 21 to take his side home, to finish behind only Burrows in the runs aggregates for the tournament, seeing the Italians comfortably home again to claim the silverware in a tournament where they had looked consistently a class apart.
The win ensures their place at the European Regional Finals next year, and with the Global Qualifier discontinued, one step away from the World Cup. There they will contend for the two qualification slots allotted to Europe against Germany and Jersey, along with Denmark who won last month's sub-regional in Belgium, along with the winner of next week's final sub-regional as well as any or all of the Netherlands, Scotland or Ireland, depending on whether any of the latter three are able to secure direct qualification.
Earlier, hosts Finland had beaten Cyrpus to the bronze medal, Atif Rasheed top-scoring for the home side with 43 off 26, before being caught off Gurpratap Singh, who took 4-35 to keep the middle order in check before Neeraj Tiwari wrapped up the tail, the Finns bowled out for 159 with 3 balls remaining. It would prove enough, however, Chamal Sudun's unbeaten half-century in the Cyprus reply coming too slowly in the end as they were held to 148-7 in their 20 overs.
Sweden claimed the honours in the fifth pace play-off, Hamid Mahmood's unbeaten half-century guiding them comfortably home to an 8-wicket win over Romania, while Croatia closed out a win over neighbouring Serbia in the low-scoring 7th-place play-off, bowling out the Serbs for 90 on the final ball of the first innings and chasing with three wickets and eight balls to spare.