Isle of Man cricketers start with win over Cyprus

Isle of Man vs Cyprus by Gary Weightman

The Isle of Man cricket team made a winning start to their ICC European Division 2 Championship campaign with a narrow 19-run victory over Cyprus.

Max Stokoe and Gareth Morris got the Manx side up and running quickly with an opening stand of 94 as the island reached 166-3 from their 20 overs.

In reply Syed Hussain hit five sixes for Cyprus but his side fell short of the Isle of Man's total.

Alex Stokoe
The Isle of Man finished third in Belgium last year

Alex Stokoe returned figures of 3-33 as the Cypriot challenge ended on 147-8.

Gareth Dawson's side will be looking to improve on last year's third place finish in Belgium and make the final of the competition in Corfu.

The winner of the competition will gain promotion to next season's Division 1 tournament.

The Isle of Man squad includes several new names, including Philip Littlejohns, Russell Miller and Mark Williams, while Alex Stokoe joins elder brother Max in the full side.

Batsman Gareth Morris is one of the island's key players.

Last year he hit 289 runs in Belgium, at an average of 57.80, including the only century of the tournament, a 141 against Cyprus.

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