Denmark win Norway battle to keep alive hopes of progress from ICC T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier

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Denmark's slim hopes of reaching the International Cricket Council T20 World Cup were kept alive with victory against Norway ©Twitter
Denmark's slim hopes of reaching the International Cricket Council T20 World Cup were kept alive with victory against Norway ©Twitter

Denmark defeated Norway by 46 runs to record their first win of the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier in Guernsey.

The neighbours had been due to play on Saturday but the match was postponed due to wet conditions.

At King George V Sports Ground in Castel, the Danes won the toss and elected to bat first.

Captain Hamid Shah forged a strong opening partnership of 56 before Nicolaj Laegsgaard went for 21 runs.

Shah fell short of his half-century, though, as he was stumped on 40, but at 69-2 Denmark were still in the driving seat.

Norway did enjoy some success with the ball, however, and slowed their rivals with two quick wickets from Raza Iqbal as Denmark stumbled to 116-6.

Denmark defeated Norway by 46 runs to record their first win at the International Cricket Council T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier in Guernsey ©Twitter
Denmark defeated Norway by 46 runs to record their first win at the International Cricket Council T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier in Guernsey ©Twitter

They closed the innings on 141-7 with Rizwan Mahmood adding 23 runs in the closing stages.

After the break, Laegsgaard did not waste any time ripping into the Norwegian top order.

Ehtsham Ul Haq had just one run on the board when he was bowled by the Dane, who followed up with a caught and bowled to oust Walid Ghauri as Norway fell to 18-2.

Hayatullah Niazi put up some resistance with a knock of 27 but when he was bowled by Saif Ahmad, Norway were staring defeat in the face at 69-7.

Ahmad took 3-9 as Norway edged to 80-8 but as the innings closed, they were 40 runs short of their target at 95-9.

While victory gives Denmark a slim chance of progress, Norway have recorded three successive defeats, extinguishing any hopes of a T20 World Cup appearance.

The group winners will advance to the 14-team ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates.

The host nation will compete in the event in October, alongside Scotland, Zimbabwe, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Oman and Ireland, who qualified due to their ranking at the last World Cup.

Papua New Guinea will be the Asia-Pacific representative, while Kenya and Namibia carry African hopes.

One Asian and two Americas places will be determined at regional events in July and August, respectively.



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