Luxembourg Lose Final Two Games in Cyprus
Luxembourg have played their final two matches at the ICC European Division 4 Championship held over the course of the last week, losing heavily to both Switzerland and Cyprus, but finishing fourth and, thanks to their two early victories, improving on their performance at the same competition in Belgium three years ago. Saturday's penultimate match saw Luxembourg fail to fire facing hosts eventual champions, Cyprus, as they were bowled out for 111 batting first, with only Romesh Paul (34) providing any lengthy resistance, and Cyprus had no trouble chasing down their target, doing so in 23 overs for the loss of just one wicket, opener Wickramathanthrigie finishing unbeaten on 52.
The team fared little better in today's final match against Switzerland. Again winning the toss and electing to bat, skipper William Heath (43) watched as the team collapsed around him, sinking to a tournament low of 88 all-out. Luxembourg's bowlers gave a good final account of themselves, managing to take six wickets before the inevitable Swiss victory came in the 15th over, and Nishith Gandhi's three wickets sealed an excellent tournament for the Luxembourgish bowler. He finished as the tournament's top wicket taker with 15 wickets at an average of 9.47 from his five games. The Luxembourg squad will also be proud to have been presented with the Spirit of Cricket Award by the Tournament Director, John Stock.
Luxembourg Ease to Second Victory in Cyprus
Luxembourg continued their good performances in Cyprus on Thursday with a comfortable four wicket win over Finland. Finland elected to bat and a solid 52-run opening partnership from brothers Michael and Christopher Shaw gave them a good foundation, but wickets fell steadily and Finland found themselves on 120-7. Despite this a further 54-run partnership between batsmen number eight and nine gave Finland the defendable total of 184. Runs from Anand Pattabiraman (33), Philip Burleigh (25), Nishith Gandhi (37) and an unbeaten half-century for Tony Whiteman (58*) gave Luxembourg the victory, easing home with just over one over to spare. Match report and Scorecard from the ICC.
Luxembourg Lose Out in Tight Finish
Luxembourg's second match of the ICC European Division 4 Championship in Cyprus ended in defeat by just 1 wicket against Austria. Having won the toss, Luxembourg elected to bat and were restricted to 142 off 49.2 overs, a total that looked to be below-par given Austria's 264-run total yesterday. However, an electrifying opening spell from Richard Neale and Nishith Gandhi saw Austria tumble to 7-4 after five overs, Gandhi adding the four wickets to his haul the previous day and Neale keeping the other end excruciatingly tight. Keeping the pressure high, Luxembourg might have been hopeful of pulling off an emphatic victory as the fall of Austria's seventh wicket came with only 41 on the board, still more than a hundred behind. Unfortunately they had not reckoned with Austrian numbers eight and nine, Amar Naeem (45) and Satish Kaul (41), whose 89-run partnership brought them tantalisingly close to victory. Nevertheless, as the number eleven batsman came to the crease and nervously faced-out a maiden over, the game hung in the balance. However, it was not to be and Austria scrambled over the finish line victors by one wicket. On the day when Cyprus posted the huge total of 360-4, it seems the Championship is hotting up. Match report and Scorecard from the ICC.
Luxembourg Open Championship With a Win
Luxembourg claimed victory in their first match of the ICC European Division 4 Championship against Slovenia. Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Luxembourg were all-out for 225 after 48.3 overs, with impressive performances from Tim Andrews (52), Romesh Paul (37) and Tony Whiteman (36). In response Slovenia managed only 126, Nishith Gandhi's 4-19 helping give Luxembourg an excellent start to the week-long tournament. Scorecard, Photos and Match Report at the ICC.
Luxembourg Squad Ready for Cyprus Tournament
On Monday 7th September a 13-man Luxembourg squad will fly out to Cyprus to compete in the ICC European Division 4 Championship against Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Slovenia and Switzerland. Proceedings will get under way the very next day against Slovenia as the squad begins the potentially grueling series of five 50-over games in 6 days. Managed by former ECC tournament umpire and long-serving umpire co-ordinator for Belgium and Luxembourg, Bryan Rouse, the squad, which balances youth with experience, hopes to improve on their performance in the previous Division 4 tournament in Belgium in 2006.
Updates will appear here periodically, and tournament information and rolling coverage will be available on the ICC's dedicated tournament page.
Squad Members: William Heath (captain), Timothy Andrews, Philip Burleigh, Wayne Codd, Graham Cope, Mark Fitzgerald, Brian Field, Nishith Gandhi, Piran Merkl, Richard Neale, Anand Pattabiraman, Romesh Paul, Tony Whiteman.
Scorer: Mick Swithinbank.
Manager: Bryan Rouse.
Switzerland 89-6 (15.1 overs) beat Luxembourg 88 (38.3 overs) by 4 wickets.