The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Europe Qualifier started Friday in uncharacteristically hot conditions in the Netherlands. With the temperature reaching record highs in many parts of Europe, the teams were tasked with battling the conditions as well as the opposition.
On the fields of Excelsior ’20 in Schiedam, it was Denmark who won the toss and chose to bat against France. Both teams were keen to put their stamp on the tournament with a win on the opening day after gaining promotion from the Europe Division 2 last year. Denmark showed positive intent with the bat, building partnerships despite regular loss of wickets. It was opener Musa Shaheen (130 runs) who formed the backbone of the innings, scoring a fine century and batting through to the 50th over to get the Denmark total to 259 all out.