Gibraltar beaten by Belgium by seven wickets
Gibraltar started their ICC Men's T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe C Qualifier campaign with a defeat against hosts Belgium.
After Belgium had won the toss and chosen to bowl Gibraltar finished their batting with a 139/5 (20 ov).
Belgium made swift work of it as they tallied the points with their six’s and fours in quick succession.
They were to finish with a 142/3 (12 ov) winning by seven wickets.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2024 is set to feature a record 20 teams.
Eight spots will be decided by the regional qualifier events. This will include two teams from each of Africa, Asia and Europe, while the Americas and EAP regions will each have one team make it to the World Cup. ICC Men's T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe Qualifier Group C has 8 teams participating, namely hosts Belgium, Denmark, Gibraltar, Hungary, Israel, Malta, Portugal, Spain. The Qualifier A consists of Italy, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Croatia, Romania, Isle of Man, Cyprus, Turkey and Serbia while Qualifier B comprises Guernsey, Austria, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Norway, France, Czech Republic, Estonia and Switzerland.
Gibraltar opened up their campaign with a tough encounter and will now look to their next match tomorrow against Denmark.
The hosts come off the back of a 3-0 series win against Malta, and at the end of last year finished runners-up in the European Cricket Championship where they lost to an England XI.
Squads Belgium: Aziz Mohammad Babakrkhail, Saber Zakhil, Shaheryar Butt(w), Sunny Sheraz Sheikh(c), Murid Ekrami, Muhammad Muneeb, Ahmad Khalid Ahmadzai, Khalid Ahmadi, Omid Mailk Khel, Shagharai Sefat, Maqsood Ahmad, Fahim Bhatti, Sajad Ahmadzai Gibraltar: Avinash Pai (Captain), Kieron Ferrary, Samarth Bodha, Louis Bruce, Julian Freyone, Marc Gouws, Charles Harrison, Richard Hatchman, Iain Latin, Joseph Marples, Kenroy Nestor, Phil Raikes, Kayron Stagno and Matthew Whelan Spain: Christian Munoz Mills (Captain), Awais Ahmed, Raja Adeel, Hamza Dar, Yasir Ali, Zulqarnain Haider, Muhammad Kamran, Daniel Doyle Calle, Josh Trembearth Moro, Atif Mehmood, Ravi Panchal, Charlie Rumistrzewicz, Lorne Burns and Muhammad Atif Denmark: Frederik Klokker (Captain), Saif Ahmed, Nicolaj Damgaard, Monty Singh, Saran Aslam, Jino Jojo, Surya Anand, Amjad Khan, Musa Mahmood, Oliver Hald, Omar Hayet, Shangeev Thas, Rizwan Mahmood and Hamid Shah Hungary: Harsh Vardhan Mandhyan, Abhijeet Ahuja, Asanka Weligamage, Ali Yalmaz Hasan, Abhishek Raj, Khaibar Deldar, Zeeshan Khan Kukikhel, Mark Des Fontaine, Sandeep Mohandas, Satyadeep Ashwathnarayana, Zahir Safi Mohammed, Bhvani Adapaka, Akramullah Malikzada and Farasat Ali Wani Israel: Josh Evans (Captain), Abraham Amado, Eitamar Kahamker, Elan Talker, Eliezer Samson, Eshkol Solomon, Gabi Schachat, Levi Kamarlekar, Mikki Cohen, Niv Nagavkar, Shailesh Bangera, Tomer Kahamker, Yogev Nagavkar and Yair Nagavkar Malta: Ryan Bastiansz, Imran Ameer, Gopal Chaturvedi, Basil George, Aaftab Alam Khan (wk), Varun Thamotharam, Bikram Arora (c), Amar Sharma, Bilal Muhammad, Jitesh Patel, Jaison Jerome, Zeeshan Khan, Justin Shaju Portugal: Mian Shahid Mehmood, Arslan Ahmed, Imran Khan, Zohaib Sarwar, Francoise Stoman (wk), Tariq Aziz (c), Amer Ikram, Najjam Shahzad, Md Fakhrul Hussain, Paolo Buccimazza, Syed Ali Naqi, M Sajjad Yousef, Sukhwinder Singh, Assad Mehmood, Davinder Singh Fixtures Jun 28, Tue Belgium vs Gibraltar, Group 1 Malta vs Spain, Group 2 Israel vs Portugal, Group 2 Denmark vs Hungary, Group 1 Jun 29, Wed Malta vs Portugal, Group 2 Denmark vs Gibraltar, Group 1 Israel vs Spain, Group 2 Belgium vs Hungary, Group 1 Jul 01, Fri Portugal vs Spain, Group 2 Gibraltar vs Hungary, Group 1 Israel vs Malta, Group 2 Belgium vs Denmark, Group 1 Jul 02, Sat TBA vs TBA, 7th place play-off TBA vs TBA, 1st Semi-final TBA vs TBA, 2nd Semi-final TBA vs TBA, 5th place play-off Jul 04, Mon TBA vs TBA, 7th place play-off TBA vs TBA, 3rd place play-off TBA vs TBA, Final TBA vs TBA, 5th place play-off