Qualifying in the European sub-regional group B tournament continued today in Finland with Austria, Norway, Guernsey and Switzerland all recording wins.

In Group 1’s morning match, Austria were put into bat by neighbours Slovenia and racked up 214-4 from their 20 overs with Mirza Ahsan’s 70 from 33 balls the key knock. Only two Slovenian batters reached double figures in their reply as they were bowled out for 73, Sahel Zadran taking 5-13 in the 141 run win.

In the afternoon Group 1 match, Guernsey, the likely finalists from the group, batted first against Luxembourg. Matthew Stokes top scored with 35 in a solid, if not spectacular, 131-5. Shiv Gill scored 47 from 38 balls in Luxembourg’s reply but there were no other high scores as they were kept to 114-6, losing by 17 runs.

In the Group 2 match in the morning session, Raza Iqbal and Sher Sahak starred with 53 and 43 respectively as Norway made 186-6 from their 20 overs against the Czech Republic. Sabawoon Davizi was the only Czech batter to reach double figures in their reply as they were bowled out for 66, Muhammad Butt taking five wickets for just eight runs as his team secured a 120 run win.

The other Group 2 match today saw a remarkable finish between France and Switzerland. The French batted first after winning the toss and had Gustav McKeon star with 109 from 61 balls before he was run out in the final over. The next highest score was Zain Ahmad’s 18 as France scored 157-5 from their 20 overs.

Swiss captain Faheem Nazir led the way in the Swiss reply, opening the batting and scoring 67 from 46 balls. Nobody was able to stay with him though and his partners contributed 25 between them when he was the fifth wicket to fall in the 14th over.

Number nine Ali Nayyer led a late inning fight back, but it was looking unlikely when he was the non-striker at the start of the final over, batting with number 11 and with 16 runs still to get. Centurion McKeon was given the final over, his first of the innings.

Number 11 Ashwin Vinood got a single to get Nayyer back on strike, but he could only manage a single himself from the next delivery. A wide followed by another single to get Nayyer on strike and Switzerland needed 12 form three balls. Nayyer then hit a six, then ran two more before hitting the last ball of the match for a four to secure an unlikely one wicket win.

Tomorrow is a rest day and on Wednesday, Group 1 will see Austria play Guernsey and Bulgaria take on Slovenia. In Group 2, Estonia play Switzerland and Norway come up against France.