After a week of intense competition in scorching temperatures Italy were crowned ICC European Division 1 champions on finals day at Hove on Saturday.
The group matches for the Twenty20 competition had taken place at both Horsham and Preston Nomads during the week, and saw Italy win Group A with Guernsey runners-up, while Denmark were the Group B champions with Jersey also progressing.
The semi-finals went to form with Italy progressing after a low-scoring victory over Jersey, while Denmark defeated Guernsey thanks to a brilliant unbeaten 140 from Freddie Klokker.
It meant a final many were expecting and Italy, having won the toss chose to bat and made a strong 215-3 from their 20 overs, star performer Andy Nothcote with an unbeaten 68 from 41 balls.
In reply Denmark recovered from losing early wickets to stay in with a shout before eventually falling 18 runs short of victory.
Horsham’s Cricketfield Road ground hosted matches from Monday to Friday with good crowds making for a lively atmosphere under perfect sunshine.
Both Italy and Denmark will now take their place in the ICC World T20 Qualifiers in November ahead of the main event in Bangladesh next year.