Jersey still hoping for promotion after victory over Fiji

Mon, Feb 22, 2010 2:44 PM

Jersey still has hopes of achieving promotion into Division 4, after a mixed bag of results over the weekend at the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5 in Nepal.

Jersey batting duo Mathew Hague and Dean Morrison made up for the side’s first day loss against hosts Nepal by securing a nine-wicket win over Fiji. The game saw Jersey ease past a Fiji side that was all out for 120 runs in 36.2 overs. Hague and Morrison both made quick-fire half-centuries with the 31-year-old Morrison reaching his with eight fours and one six in 53 balls. Meanwhile man of the match Hague stuck it out to the conclusion of the game and was helped by Peter Gough to secure the Channel Island's victory.

Hague, who recently came out of retirement, said: "It was an important game for us to win. The first thing we have to do is get a couple of wins under our belt and ensure that we do stay in Division 5. It was a much needed win to beat Fiji as we couldn't afford to have two losses.

"I didn't have a great game yesterday. Cricket is a bit of a mental game so it is nice to get some runs on the board and start feeling confident again."

Looking ahead to Tuesday's match against USA, Hague admitted it wouldn't be easy. He said: "The game against the USA should be a good match, as they are pretty strong, but our win today will give us a lot of confidence."

This was after the defeat to hosts Nepal by six wickets on Saturday. Dean Morrison lead with the bat again with a hard-fought 62 runs off 112 balls, but there was little support from the rest of the Jersey batting line up resulting in a batting collapse.

Man of the match and captain of Nepal Paras Khadka made an impressive 69 runs off 66 balls as it reached its target with 12 overs to spare after Jersey had earlier been bowled out for 174.

Jersey and the five other teams Nepal, Fiji, USA, Bahrain and Singapore all still have realistic hopes of gaining promotion ahead of Tuesday’s fixtures.

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