After morning and afternoon fixtures on the open day of the Pepsi ICC Europe Division 3 tournament in La Manga, proceedings on the second day got off to a later start on the second day, with fixtures only in the afternoon.
Israel beat Finland for their first win in the tournament, with Finland’s 115-9 in their 20 overs was due largely to Mohammed Saiful Islam’s unbeaten 35 off 21 balls at the bottom of the innings, with opener Zahidullah Kamal the next highest scorer. Israel overhauled the Finland score at the start of the 19th over, winning by five wickets, with Srinath Rajith Manikka Arachichige batting through for an unbeaten 46, and a fine all-round performance by Josh Evans, who took 4-23 and scored 33. Finland also struggled with wides, with Extras contributing 21 to the Israel total.
Belgium’s total of 128, with their final wicket falling in the 20th over, against Greece owed a lot to the 60 off 39 balls by Abdul Rehman, and 30 from opener Sheikh Muhammed. For the Greeks Spirodon Goustis returned the exceptional figures of 4-1-6-5 and there were three wickets for Koutsoufis. Greece. Former Zimbabwean Test player Brighton Watambwa’s 4-1-9-4 halted the Greeks in their chase, and helped the Belgians to restrict Greece to 101-7 in their chase to win by 27 runs.