Jersey ensured they would go into Monday's final round of ICC Europe Division One Championship matches with an unbeaten record by recording a commanding six-wicket victory over Scotland A at Farmers Field on Saturday. Ireland A showed they would not surrender their European title easily, however, with a comprehensive win over Netherlands A while Denmark recorded their first win against Italy.
Scotland won the toss and elected to bat against Jersey but the fielding side quickly seized the initiative, reducing their opponents to 20-4. Spinner Ben Stevens weighed in with two wickets as the slump continued on 41-6. Chalmers (24) and Petrie (39) buckled down, more than doubling the score in an invaluable seventh-wicket stand, and with Zeeshan Bashir contributing an enterprising unbeaten 32 towards the end they managed to get the total up to 149-9.
Jones was the pick of the Jersey bowlers with 3-26, while Driver and Stevens took two each, and the bowling was backed up by some excellent catching. Sam de la Haye held on to two splendid catches, while Driver's catch at midwicket to dismiss Petrie was as good as one is likely to see anywhere.
Seven overs of the Jersey innings took place before lunch, and they reached 27 without loss. Immediately after the interval, however, Stuart Chalmers struck one and Tyler Buchan twice, and on 41-3 the hosts' challenge was in danger of faltering. Driver and Peter Gough gradually restored some order, adding 93 in a fourth-wicket stand which took their side to within sight of victory. Gough was dismissed for a patient 26, but Driver reached 70 not out, from 107 deliveries, and Jersey reached their target with 11 overs to spare. Driver was declared Man of the Match for a quality all-round performance.
Netherlands A were similarly put under pressure by Ireland A after winning the toss and electing to bat, and were dismissed for 86 in 41.2 overs. The experienced Tom de Grooth top-scored with 34. Albert van der Merwe was the most successful of the Irish bowlers with 3-13, and there were two wickets each for Reinhardt Strydom, Shane Getkate and Andrew Balbirnie. In reply Strydom smashed an 18-ball 43, with three fours and four sixes, taking Ireland to victory for the loss of only two wickets with more than 30 overs in hand.
At Les Quennevais Denmark recorded their first win of the tournament by beating Italy by three wickets. The Italians reached 173-9, opener Hayden Patrizi giving them a good start with 30, and Hemantha Jayasena, Michael Raso and Gayashan Munasinghe all contributing in the middle order. Jacob Larsen bowled an economical spell in taking 3-15, and David Borchersen later claimed 3-26.
Denmark, too, made a good start, Freddie Klokker making 48, but Munasinghe returned to the attack to put them under pressure, and at 149-6 the Italians were in with a chance. Rizwan Mahmood, however, denied them with a solid 66 not out, facing 92 deliveries and hitting five fours and a six. Munasinghe finished with 4-26, but it was Mahmood's innings which settled the match, and it earned him the Man of the Match award.
Score summaries (day five):
At F.B. Fields: Netherlands A 86, 41.2 overs (A van der Merwe 3-13)
Ireland A 90-2, 19.2 overs (R Strydom 43)
Ireland A won by 8 wickets
At Farmers: Scotland A 149-9, 50 overs (M Petrie 39; Z Bashir 32 not out; C Jones 3-26)
Jersey 150-4, 39 overs (R Driver 70 not out)
Jersey won by 6 wickets
At Les Quennevais: Italy 173-9, 50 overs (H Patrizi 30; J Larsen 3-15, D Borchersen 3-26)
Denmark 174-7, 39.4 overs (R Mahmood 66 not out; F Klokker 48; G Munasinghe 4-26)
Denmark won by 3 wickets
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