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The not-very-Italian-sounding Andy Northcote scored 102 (retired not out) for Italy as they trounced Fiji by 254 runs in the World Cricket League Division 4 tournament currently underway in Tanzania.

There isn’t much infrormation available to the casual googler on Mr. Nothcote. If you speak Italian, you may learn more here. Then again, you may not – I’m afraid that my Italian stops at ‘due birre perfavore‘.

The Italians had earlier lost to Hong Kong, who have won both their games so far (as have Afghanistan). I fancy Afghanistan and Hong Kong to qualify for Division 3, but it would be nice to see Jersey make it if possible.

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The next stage (Divison 4) of the inaccurately-named World Cricket League gets underway tomorrow, with Jersey and Afghanistan (qualifiers from Division 5 – see highlights here) joining Hong Kong, Italy, Fiji and hosts Tanzania in the battle for two spots in the Division 3 tournament (to be held in Buenos Aires).

  • Afghanistan have a brand-new coach in Kabir Khan, and will have the support of many neutrals due to the obvious obstacles the team have faced.
  • Italy has an interesting cricketing history, but none of the current crop have done much to attract my attention up until now. Here’s hoping that changes over the next few days.
  • Tanzania will be hoping that home advantage has the same positive effect for them that it did for Jersey in Division 5, and following a reasonably successful tour of the UK they might not be too far wrong.
  • Fiji are missing a key player in Neil Maxwell (who is also Brett Lee’s agent), so will be up against it. As with Italy, I’m hoping to learn something about Fijian cricket over the next couple of days.

For more on the tournament, including live coverage, go here.

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The World Cricket League Division 5 (see Well Pitched‘s guide to the WCL) reached its climax today as Afghanistan edged Jersey by 2 wickets in a low-scoring final.

Hamid Hassan took 4-27 for Afghanistan as the hosts were bowled out for a mere 80. Jersey made it hard work for the Afghans to chase down this seemingly low total, though, with only 20 balls remaining when the game was decided.

Both sides will now go on to compete in the WCL Division 4 tournament in September, along with Fiji, Hong Kong, Italy and Tanzania.

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