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Poulton-le-Fylde's Bobby Denning admitted that he was "devastated" after the Spanish national cricket team he coaches lost to Sweden by one wicket in the semi-final of the ICC Europe Division Two competition in Corfu.

Victory over the Swedes would have led to Spain's cricketers realising their long-held ambition to becoming an Associate Member of the International Cricket Conference. That honour would have brought with it about £230,000 of funding for the development of the game on the Iberian peninsula and Denning's players will now have to wait until 2013 for another opportunity.

"We did think that we were one of the two best teams in the competition and our defeat was made worse by the fact that we were just two deliveries away from what we had been trying to achieve for a year," said Denning.

"Sweden were 187 for nine and they still needed six to win with two balls left in the game. Having fielded well until then we dropped a simple catch from which they ran two and they then got a streaky inside-edge for four to go through to the final.

"The manner in which they got the four made it hard to swallow," he added. "When that happened our whole world came crashing down."

Denning's next involvement with the Spanish team will occur when he goes out to plan the side's schedule for 2013, but before that he will fly out to India with the England Blind squad in November. Next year he is due to tour South Africa with England's Deaf team.

Wriiten by: Paul Edwards

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