Manx U19s lose to Denmark in European cricket final

Carl Wagstaffe
The Isle of Man were beaten by 60 runs against Denmark

Isle of Man cricket manager Gareth Dawson says batting is turning into the Achilles heel of Manx cricket.

His comments follow the island's defeat to Denmark in Tuesday's ICC European Under-19 Division Two championship final at King William's College.

The Manx team dismissed the Danes for 140 but were then bowled out for just 80 runs.

Dawson told BBC Isle of Man: "We needed some big scores but they didn't come and we've been here before."

Denmark opened the batting after winning the toss in a final shortened to 42 overs after heavy overnight rain.

The Manx side started well and reduced the Danes to 80-5 after 20 overs, with Alex Stokoe taking three early wickets in front of the home fans.

Seb Aycock
Seb Aycock took 3-24 in the final against Denmark

Denmark struggled against the Manx spinners and were eventually dismissed for 140, with left arm spinner, Seb Aycock closing with 3-24.

In reply, the Isle of Man made a terrible start, losing their first two wickets with no runs on the board, and the third with just two scored.

They recovered from that point to reach 23-3 from 11 overs, at which point lunch was called.

After the interval, the Manx side managed to bat out the tricky first couple of overs, but lost two more wickets soon after, and were on the back foot at 45-5 from 20 overs.

They never got back into the game from that point, and were bowled out for 80, losing by 60 runs.

Dawson continued: "It is the same old story, we get ourselves in to these great positions and then don't score in the final. I thought we were excellent to limit a very strong Danish batting order to 140, but we struggled badly with the bat.

"We needed someone to build an innings that we could support but 15s are no good at this level.

"Batting has become our Achilles heel and we will need to put in some hard work to rectify that."

The Isle of Man qualified for the final with victories over Gibraltar, Germany and Spain.

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