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HEARTBREAK FOR SPAIN AS THEY LOSE OUT ON NET RUN RATE
 
5th May 2014

Spain entered the final day of the tournament knowing nothing less than a strong victory over Belgium would be enough to send them to the Division Two tournament in Essex.

Having lost to Israel the day before after a sub par performance the hosts drafted in Pedro Venus at the expense of Gary Crompton. Belgium with three wins out of three, lost the toss and were put into bat by La Seleccion.

Former Zimbawbwe international Brighton Watambwa opened the batting with Jamil and they made a bright start befor Jamil went with the score on 14. The seam attack of Spain were putting in their best performance of the tournament and at the half way stage of the Belgium innings they only had 58 runs on the board for the loss of two wickets.

An expensive solitary over from Farhat Mahmood that went for 17 gave the batting side some momentum but Spain soon counteracted that with a steady flow of wickets in the next couple of overs.

An unbeaten partnership at the end of the innings of 29 by Waqas Shafique and Sunny Sheikh Mohammad gave the Belgians a final total of 131 for 7 off their allocated overs.

Spain started badly losing four quick wickets. An 89 run partnership between Nisar Ahmed and Tanveer Iqbal turned the game for the Spaniards and when Ahmed was finally out for 65 only nine more runs were needed.

Skipper Iqbal hit the winning run at the begining of the 18th over. After an agonizing thirty minute wait it was declared that Belgium were the winners of the tournament, by the narrowest of margins, just two runs.

Heartbreak for Spain once again in an ICC Tournament but the players, coaches and support staff can be proud of the effort given to the Cricket Espana cause throughout the week.

Once again, Spain beat an associate nation who receive much more monetary funding from ICC Europe and proved that on their day they can be a match for the majority of European countries on their home soil.

ravster