Manx U19s start Euro campaign with Gibraltar victory

Carl Wagstaffe
Carl Wagstaffe's 78 helped the Isle of Man to a comfortable opening victory

The Isle of Man made a strong start to their ICC European Under-19 Division Two campaign on Thursday, with a 123-run win over Gibraltar at Cronkbourne.

Put into bat, the hosts scored 176-3 from their 42 overs, reduced from 50 due to the morning's rain.

Carl Wagstaffe top scored with a well crafted 78, and Alex Stokoe contributed 39.

In reply, the Gibraltarians were dismissed for just 53, with left-arm spinner Seb Aycock taking 3-7.

Last year, Aycock was the leading wicket-taker as the Island' s U17s won the ICC European Division Two Championships on home soil, taking 14 wickets in five matches.

The Island's wicketkeeper, Adam Killey, was also in fine form with three stumpings.

Italy top Group A after they followed Wednesday's win over Germany with a six-wicket victory against Spain at King William's College.

Denmark lead Group B after beating Norway by 221 runs at St John's. Belgium beat France by seven wickets at Vagabonds.

The Isle of Man will now face Germany at Cronkbourne on Friday.