Phoenix and Leinster Lightning batsman Jamie Grassi made a winning start on his debut for Italy as they beat Denmark by six wickets in their T20 World Cup qualifier Europe.

The 23 year-old was one of three Italian debutants along with former England international Jade Dernbach and Kent all-rounder Grant Stewart.

Three Italian debutants; Pic Italian Cricket

A fine bowling display saw the Danes restricted to just 100 for 9, and from then it was a matter of when, not if for an Italian win, despite a battling effort by Denmark.

Instonians opener Nikolai Smith hit two sixes in an entertaining 26, while Man-of-the-Match Gian Meade scored 28 to go with his earlier two wickets.

Grassi struck his second ball for four but perished for 13 as the finishing line drew near.

He qualifies for Italy through his father who was born in Milan.

"It's a proud moment making my T20I debut and to seal it with a win is also a bonus," Grassi told CricketEurope afterwards.

"It is an honour to represent my Italian side of the family in international sport and hopefully it can continue.

"There is a really good team spirit in the camp. I hope we can go on and win the tournament and get to the next stage of the qualifiers for the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022."

Italy, Denmark, Jersey and Germany are battling it out for two places at the Global World  qualifiers next year.