European qualifying for the next Women's T20 World Cup - set to be played next year in Bangladesh - got underway today in Jersey with six teams battling it out for two spots in September's Europe Division One tournament in Spain.
Italy, Jersey, Sweden and Turkey are all making their debut in women's pathway events, with the latter also playing their first ever internationals as part of the tournament. France and Germany are the other two teams involved.
Turkey were one of two teams playing twice today, and their inexperience showed. No players were able to reach double figures against Sweden as they were bowled out for just 51, Surya Kala Ravuri taking 3-7. Sweden knocked off their required runs without loss in just 7 overs.
One of Turkey's batters did manage to make double figures in their afternoon contest against Germany, Gulce Cengiz contributing 11 to their total of 57, thought she was outscored by the 18 extras conceded by Germany. Just like Sweden earlier in the day, Germany chased their target in seven overs without losing a wicket.
Italy also played twice today. In the morning they were bowled out for 42 by hosts Jersey with Gerogia Mallet taking four wickets for just five runs and Erin Gouge taking 3-13. Jersey scored their required runs in 7.2 overs to win by seven wickets.
The afternoon game between France and Italy was the highest scoring of the day, France batting first and putting on 104-8 from their 20 overs, Marie Violleau top scoring with 22. Chathurika Mahamalage (34) and Emilia Bartram (44 not out) led the run scoring for Italy, who won by six wickets with 4.2 overs to spare.
Play continues tomorrow in Jersey and the hosts will be one of the two teams pulling a double shift tomorrow, taking on Germany in the morning and Turkey in the afternoon. Sweden also play twice, coming up against France in the morning and Italy in the afternoon.