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T20 World Cup Qualifier, Europe
Edinburgh, 20-28 July 2023
Jersey beat Denmark by 28 runs.
Goldenacre, 28 July.
Jersey 159 (20 overs; N Greenwood 43, C Brennan 43; N Damgaard 3-23, A Ahmad 2-22, H Shah 2-22, E Karmimi 2-31)
Denmark 131-7 (20 overs; S Ahmad 46, T Singh 45; R Palmer 2-21, E Miles 2-26)
Italy beat Germany by 4 wickets.
Grange, 28 July.
Germany 141 (20 overs; J van Heerden 35, V Ganesan 30; S de Bartolomeo 5-14)
Italy 147-6 (18.5 overs; A Mosca 70*, W Madsen 42; D Klein 2-18, R Ahmadi 2-32)
Scotland beat Ireland by 8 runs.
Grange, 28 July.
Scotland 213-6 (20 overs; Brandon McMullen 68, Richie Berrington 54, Matty Cross 30*; Barry McCarthy 2-42, Ben White 2-45)
Ireland 205-9 (20 overs; Mark Adair 72, Curtis Campher 28; Brad Currie 5-13, Michael Leask 2-30)
Mark Adair scored 72 (Ian Jacobs/Cricket Scotland)
Scotland took the bragging rights and the T20 European Qualifier trophy with an 8-run win over Ireland in a high-scoring boundary fest at The Grange. Half centuries from top-scorer Brandon McMullen and Ritchie Berrington saw the pair share a third wicket stand of 104 in 9 overs on their way to 213 for 6. McMullen's 68 from 35 balls included 4 fours and 5 sixes, while Berrington hit 54 from 29 deliveries (3 fours, 4 sixes). The Irish attack with the exception of Mark Adair (1-20) came in for some brutal punishment. Brad Currie removed Andy Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker in the first over of the chase on the way to 5 for 13, and at 108 for 7 in the 12th, it looked all over. However, Adair clubbed 6 sixes and 4 fours on his way to a career best 72 to bring Ireland right back into it. However, he attempted one big blow too many to fall to Man of the Match Currie, as the Irish fell just short.
Scotland beat Denmark by 33 runs.
Grange, 27 July.
Scotland 159-7 (18 overs; R Berrington 60; N Damgaard 3-23, S Ahmad 2-31)
Denmark 126-7 (18 overs; H Shah 56; B Currie 3-18, S Sharif 2-31)
The win ensures Scotland’s qualification for the T20 World Cup.
Ireland v Germany: abandoned
Goldenacre, 27 July.
The abandonment, due to heavy overnight rain, means Ireland have secured qualification for the T20 World Cup.
Italy v Austria: abandoned
Goldenacre, 27 July.
No play was possible ending Italy's slim chances of making the T20 World Cup.
Italy beat Denmark by 26 runs.
Grange, 25 July.
Italy 150-8 (20 overs; H Manenti 51, A Mosca 29; S Ahmad 2-19, S Anand 2-28)
Denmark 124 (19.3 overs; T Bharaj 52, S Thanikaithasan 29; G Berg 4-14, H Manenti 3-22)
Scotland beat Austria by 166 runs.
Goldenacre, 25 July.
Scotland 232-2 (20 overs; G Munsey 132, R Berrington 40*, B McMullen 28*; A Akbarjan 2-22)
Austria 66 (16.3 overs; M Leask 3-11, C Greaves 2-2, G Main 2-13, S Sharif 2-22)
Jersey beat Germany by 51 runs.
Grange, 25 July.
Jersey 190-5 (20 overs; N Greenwood 86*, J Jenner 46; S Naqash 3-37, J van Heerden 2-41)
Germany 139-8 (20 overs; F Mubashir 57; J Sumerauer 4-22, C Perchard 2-29)
Scotland beat Italy by 155 runs
Grange, 24 July.
Scotland 245-2 (20 overs; Oli Hairs 127* [53 balls], Brandon McMullan 96)
Italy 90 (12.4 overs; Grant Stewart 41; Gavin Main 5-26, B Currie 2-13, Safyaan Sharif 2-14)
Scotland are moving close to qualification for next year's men's T20 World Cup in the West Indies & USA after a dominant performance against Italy today in Edinburgh. Put into bat by Italian captain Gareth Berg, Scotland started in blistering fashion with George Munsey and Oli Hairs scoring 55 from the first five overs. Munsey fell for 12 from the first ball of the sixth over, but that didn't slow Scotland down as Hairs and Brandon McMullen both went on to make big scores. Hairs brought up a century from only 40 balls - one ball faster than the previous record for fastest T20I century by a Scotland player held by George Munsey - and the pair added 183 before McMullen was out for 96 one over from the end of the innings. Hairs finished the innings unbeaten on 127 from 53 balls, equalling Munsey's record for the highest T20I score for Scotland. Their final total was 245-2. Grant Stewart scored a quick 41 from 21 balls in the Italian reply, but nobody else made double figures as they were bowled out for 90, losing by 155 runs. Gavin Main was the pick of the Scottish bowlers with 5-26.
Denmark beat Austria by 8 wickets
Goldenacre, 24 July.
Austria 97-9 (20 overs; A Randhawa 28; N Laegsgaard 4-19, S Munir 3-17)
Denmark 98-2 (12.4 overs; S Ahmed 53*, A Hashmi 30*)
Austria were put into bat by Denmark and were kept to 97-9 from their 20 overs. Nicolaj Laegsgaard was the leading wicket taker with 4-19, whilst Saud Munir took 3-17. Denmark lost Laegsgaard and Taranjit Singh early in their reply but were otherwise untroubled as Abdul Hashmi and Saif Ahmad scored an unbroken 84 for the third wicket to secure the eight wicket win. Hashmi scored 30 whilst Ahmad contributed 53.
Ireland beat Jersey by 9 wickets
Goldenacre, 24 July.
Jersey 78-9 (20 overs; Asa Tribe 26; Barry McCarthy 3-7, Ben White 2-10, Josh Little 2-23)
Ireland 80-1 (10.2 overs; Paul Stirling 35*, Andy Balbirnie 25)
Man of the Match Barry McCarthy (Alan Rennie Photography)
Ireland brushed aside the challenge of Jersey to make it four wins on the bounce and leave themselves one victory away from qualifying for the T20 World Cup. Once again the win was set up by the bowling unit with Barry McCarthy's three wickets enough this time to persuade the adjudicators to give him the Man of the Match accolade. Ben White's superb tournament continued with another two wickets, and Josh Little (2-23) set the ball rolling with early strikes. George Dockrell - playing his 300th game for the Irish - also got in on the action as Jersey were kept to a very modest 78 for 9. Skipper Paul Stirling (35*) and Andy Balbirnie (25) made short work of the chase, getting there just after the midway point, while Lorcan Tucker also passed 1000 T20I runs in a comprehensive 9-wicket win.
Germany beat Denmark by 6 wickets.
Grange, 23 July.
Denmark 124-9 (20 overs; T Singh 43, S Ahmed 40; R Ahmadi 2-18, M Ashraf 2-21, D Klein 2-23, V Bharathi 2-33)
Germany 126-4 (16.5 overs; J van Heerden 42, M Richardson 27; A Mahmood 3-22)
Italy beat Jersey by 25 runs.
Goldenacre, 23 July.
Italy 183-8 (20 overs; Wayne Madsen 52, Justin Mosca 49, Marcus Campopiano 44; Ben Ward 3-38, Chuggy Perchard 3-39)
Jersey 158 (20 overs; Nick Greenwood 32, Asa Trbe 24, Jonty Jenner 20; Gareth Berg 3-26, Grant Stewart 3-29, Harry Manenti 2-23)
Italy kept alive their T20 World Cup qualification hopes with a 25-run win over Jersey. Derbyshire finally released Wayne Madsen and his debut half century plus runs for Justin Mosca (49) and Marcusss Campopiano (44) helped them to a challenging 183 for 8 - three wickets apiece for Ben Ward and skipper Chuggy Perchard. Jersey briefly challenged thanks to runs for Nick Greenwood (32) and Asa Tribe (24), but kept losing wickets when they appeared to be giving themselves a chance. Three wickets apiece for Player/Coach Gareth Berg and Grant Stewart sealing a 25-run win.
Ireland beat Austria by 128 runs.
Grange, 23 July.
Ireland 226-4 (20 overs; Lorcan Tucker 94*, Ross Adair 46, Neil Rock 36; Aqib Iqbal 2-47)
Austria 98 (18.4 overs; R Shigiwal 33, Aqib Iqbal 29; Mark Adair 4-13, Josh Little 2-16, Curtis Campher 2-18)
Lorcan Tucker scored 94 not out (ICC/Ian Jacobs/Cricket Scotland)
Ireland produced a record breaking display to brush aside the tournament whipping boys Austria. They produced their highest T20I total of 226 for 4, with Lorcan Tucker making his highest score - his unbeaten 94 including 8 fours and 4 sixes. Ross Adair - a late replacement after Andy Balbirnie got a niggle in the warm-up - cleared the ropes three times in a hard-hit 46, while Neil Rock's 36 was also a personal best for the Rush man. Mark Adair struck with his first ball going on to claim a career best 4 for 13 as Austria were bowled out for 98 - two wickets apiece for Josh Little and Curtis Campher. The margin of 128 runs was also an Irish record - a sterner test awaits in the form of Jersey on Monday.
Man of the Match Lorcan Tucker
Germany beat Austria by 9 wickets
Goldenacre , 21 July.
Austria 83 (18.4 overs; S Naqash 2-12, M Ashraf 2-13, V Bharati 2-15, D Klein 2-18, R Ahmadi 2-21)
Germany 86-1 (4 overs; J van Heerden 47*)
Ireland beat Denmark by 9 wickets.
Grange, 21 July.
Denmark 122-9 (20 overs; Barry McCarthy 3-16, Mark Adair 3-17, Ben White 2-33)
Ireland 123-1 (14.3 overs; Paul Stirling 55*, Andrew Balbirnie 53)
Ireland's Paul Stirling (Capt), on his way to a fine 55 not out (Ian Jacobs/Cricket Scotland)
Ireland made it two wins from two with a convincing 9-wickets win over Denmark at the T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Edinburgh. The victory was set up by a dominant bowling display with Mark Adair and Barry McCarthy each taking three wickets, and two for Ben White to restrict the Danes to a modest 122 for 9. Oliver Hald - who plays his club cricket with Phoenix, and The Hills' Nicolaj Laegsgaard were best with the bat making 21 and 20. Man of the Match Andrew Balbirnie and skipper Paul Stirling both scored half centuries as they shared an opening stand of 90, sealing the win in the 15th over. Balbirnie's 53 from 28 balls saw him hit 4 fours and clear the ropes three times, while Stirling's unbeaten 55 from 39 balls included 9 boundaries. Ireland are back in action on Sunday, when they take on Austria.
Ireland captain Paul Stirling after beating Denmark
Scotland beat Jersey by 14 runs.
Grange, 21 July.
Scotland 149-6 (17 overs; R Berrington 34, G Munsey 33, M Watt 31*, C Greaves 30*; E Miles 2-25, B Ward 2-26, C Perchard 2-34)
Jersey 135-9 (20 overs; B Ward 37*, N Greenwood 36, J Jenner 29; M Watt 4-21, B Currie 2-126)
Jersey beat Austria by 8 wickets.
Grange, 20 July.
Austria 104-9 (20 overs; Nick Greenwood 2-10, Julius Sumerauer 2-17, Chuggy Perchard 2-22)
Jersey 106-2 (9.2 overs; Nick Greenwood 50*, Jonty Jenner 29*)
Jersey demolished Austria by 8 wickets to give their NRR an early boost in their clash at the Grange. Austria struggled to 104 for 9 with two wickets apiece for Nick Greenwood, Julius Sumerauer, and skipper Chuggy Perchard. Nick Greenwood (50*) and Jonty Jenner (29*) then made light work of the modest target, getting there before the ten-overs mark.
Ireland beat Italy by 7 runs.
Goldenacre, 20 July.
Ireland 158-8 (20 overs; Curtis Campher 61, Harry Tector 41, Andy Balbirnie 26; Gareth Berg 3-24, Harry Manenti 3-39)
Italy 151-9 (20 overs; Gian-Piero Meade 26, Gareth Berg 26; Mark Adair 3-33, Ben White 2-22, Josh Little 2-29)
Ireland survived a late scare to get their quest for a T20 World Cup spot off to a successful, if not convincing start. They lost early wickets and at the midway point of their innings looked vulnerable at 59 for 3. A stand of 76 between Man of the Match Curtis Campher (61) and Harry Tector (41) got them up to 158 for 8 - three wickets for Gareth Berg and Harry Manenti. Josh Little and Mark Adair struck early blows, while Ben White also claimed two wickets as Ireland always looked relatively secure. That was until with 20 needed from the last over, Berg struck 10 off the first three balls to get the pulses racing, evoking memories of recent horror losses from similar situations. However, Adair dismissed Berg with the fourth delivery to finish with three wickets and secure a welcome 7-run win.
Scotland beat Germany by 72 runs (DLS)
Goldenacre, 20 July.
Scotland 234-5 (20 overs; Ollie Hairs 73, Richie Berrington 60, Michael Leask 38*, George Munsey 29; S Naqash 2-44)
Germany 65-7 (11 overs; Gavin Main 2-8, Safyaan Sharif 2-9, Mark Watt 2-12) (Target 138 in 11 overs.)
Hosts Scotland produced a dominant display to get their campaign off to a winning start despite their match against Germany being rain affected. Ollie Hairs decision to come out of retirement paid off as he and skipper Richie Berrington both hit half centuries as they piled on the runs in a total of 234 for 5. Chasing a revised target of 138 in 11, Germany managed 65 for 7 with two wickets apiece for Gavin Main, Safyaan Sharif and Mark Watt.