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Manx lose to Italy in European Opener

The Isle of Man Under-17 team have lost to Italy by 47 runs in their opening match of the ICC European Division Two Championship in Denmark.

In beautiful conditions in Copenhagen, Italy set the Island 211 to win when reaching 210 for 8 in their 50 overs.

It could have been a bigger target as the Italian 4th wicket partnership put on 150 runs.

On the Manx bowling front, Nicholas White led the way with 3 wickets for 31 runs from his 10 overs.

Andrew Vels and Sam Kebbell also picked up a wicket each with good fielding leading to three run-outs.

The Island reply got bogged down early against a very accurate Italian attack and the run-rate kept creeping up and up.

Top scorer was Rowan Bird with 29 runs off 57 balls as the Manx finished on 163 for 9 from 50 overs

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