Jersey make dream start

Sun, Jul 22, 2007 3:24 PM

Hosts Jersey made a dream start to their first European Under 19 tournament on Sunday, running up a massive 329 for six in their 50 overs and then bowling Italy out for 192.

The Jersey side had originally been given a free day on the first day of the competition, but the tournament schedule had to be revised at the last minute after most of the Gibraltar squad's equipment went astray at Gatwick Airport during their journey on Saturday. Because of the need to assemble the Jersey players, the match started two hours late, continuing late into the evening.

Star of the Jersey innings was Mark Chipperfield, who hit 115 not out from 98 balls with fourteen boundaries. Batting at number four, he shared half-century partnerships with Edward Farley, who made 36, Richard Blackburn, and Thomas Gibbs as the Jersey batsmen piled on the runs.

And as the Italian bowlers wilted in the closing stages, Chipperfield, Anthony Kay and Nick Baxter plundered 87 from the final ten overs. The Jersey score benefited from no fewer than 49 wides in a total of 66 extras.

Chipperfield then continued by claiming a wicket in the second over of the Italian innings, but Fida Hussain and Alessandro Merlo steadied the ship with a 64-run stand for the second wicket.

It was Blackburn who eventually secured the breakthrough, and wickets then fell in rapid succession as Italy slumped from 70 for one to 99 for five. Luis di Giglio and Dylan Sarnelli added 40 for the sixth wicket, but with Blackburn coming back to finish with three for 37 and Richard Perchard taking two for 21, the Italians were never really in the hunt and the innings ended 137 runs short of the Jersey total.

Although Jersey will be pretty happy with such an overwhelming victory, they will be somewhat worried about the way in which their bowlers emulated the Italians in their generosity with extras, giving away 34 wides and 15 no balls in just 44.3 overs.

In a game of fluctuating fortunes, Belgium ended fairly comfortable winners over a ten-man French side, hit by visa problems and other difficulties. Led by a superb spell from skipper Jonathan Houghton, who took four for 14 in his ten overs, France did well to reduce the Belgians to 117 for eight, but a desperate situation was rescued by a remarkable 77-run partnership between Simon Newport and Mohsin Abbas, 60 of which came from the bat of Newport.

This enabled Belgium to reach a total of 203, slightly less than they would have hoped for at the start of the match but a good deal better than had seemed likely for much of the innings.

France had got through their overs smartly enough to permit a five-over spell before lunch, in which the French openers accumulated just 5 runs. They were soon in trouble after the interval as Soheel Hussain and Seb Shukla reduced them to 8 for three. That soon became 33 for four, Hussain finishing a six-over stint with three for 12, but positive, if sometimes chancy, batting from Rameez Ihsan, Jack Hardy and Sandanvel Manivelraj got them through to 120 for six.

Hardy went on to make 49, but once he was out leg-before swinging at a full toss the game was effectively over, and France were finally dismissed for 146 at the start of the 36th over.

The match between Israel and Germany was decided by an extraordinary batting collapse, which saw the Germans disintegrate from a promising position of 80 without loss in reply to Israel's 233 for nine.

Germany lost all ten wickets for 17 runs in less than 15 overs, with Solomon Varsulkar taking four of 15 and Matan Razpurker four for 17. Max Hoeck top-scored with 31, but apart from the two openers, none of the German batsmen was able to reach double figures.

Earlier, Oran Chincholkar had made 40 for Israel, with Max Seil taking four for 42 for Germany.

Tomorrow's revised programme sees top seeds Gibraltar taking on Italy at Farmers Field, Israel playing the Isle of Man at Grainville, and Guernsey meeting Belgium at Les Quennevais.

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