Ali delivers knockout blow to Israel


Israel's European woes continued as they suffered a fourth consecutive defeat at the European Division 1 T20 Tournament in the Channel Islands.

Defeats against Denmark, Jersey and Germany had left Herschel Gutman's men rooted to the bottom of Group B.

Things started brightly at Grainville against France when Gutman's decision to field first was rewarded by an excellent display in the field.

France started in the worst fashion possible as opener Arunkamar Ayyavooraju was out first ball, LBW to David Massil.

A second wicket fell with the score on 13 as skipper Waseem Bhatti (4) was caught by Eshkol Solomon off the bowling of Eliezer Samson.

Opener Abdul Rehman blasted 35 off 28 balls, including four 6s, whilst Williamdeep Singh made 24 to help France to 112 in 19.2 overs.

Massil finished with the best figures of the Israeli bowlers, returning 3-11, whilst Samson took 3-17.

In reply, Israel struggled from the off, reduced to 14-3 within the first few overs. It was a position from which they never recovered, Gutman top-scoring with 14 as leg-spinner Zika Ali continued his good form with figures of 4-18 from four overs.

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