A magnificent 90 from wicket-keeper batsman Ed Farley inspired Jersey to an 8-wicket victory over arch-rivals Guernsey in the 3rd?4th place play-off at FB Fields.
Chasing 158, Farley batted majestically with fellow opener Dean Morrison to put on 130 for the first wicket, clearing the boundary on numerous occasions in a destructive display of six-hitting. Guernsey's bowlers could find no answer to Farley's strokeplay, the Jersey opener scoring freely either side of the wicket and regularly clearing the ropes.
The signs had looked ominous for Guernsey from the off as Farley smashed his first maximum off the fourth ball of the Jersey innings, opening bowler Lee Savident's first over going for 15. Farley went on in a similar vein and took a particular liking to the off-spin of Tim Ravenscroft, bringing up his 50 in a mere 28 balls with another towering six over the midwicket boundary that ended up in the groundsman's shed.
Farley continued on his merry way and finished with 90 off 48 balls, a remarkable 72 of these coming in boundaries. He eventually perished in the 14th over with the score at 132-1, going for another lofted drive but this time picking out Tim Duke at long-on. Ryan Driver (13*) and captain Peter Gough (14*) then finished the job with minimal fuss but Guernsey had long since given up any realistic hopes of victory.
Earlier Guernsey had won the toss and elected to bat first in sunny but breezy conditions, setting what appeared to be an above-par 158-8 in their 20 overs. They started slowly when they lost opener Adam Martel in the 2nd over. Tim Ravenscroft (16) then looked threatening, timing the ball well but often to the fielder, before being out-foxed by slow left-armer Ben Stevens, drawn down the pitch only to be beaten and easily stumped by Farley.
Skipper Stuart Le Prevost (15) and Jeremy Frith (16) then shared in successive partnerships with Ross Kneller (37) to move Guernsey on to 82-4 in the 12th over, but both fell victim to Stevens. Guernsey's middle and lower order then chipped in with scores to keep up the momentum, GH Smit (13 off 8 balls) and Lee Savident (17 off 15 balls) accompanying Kneller to move the total onto 124-5 in the 16th over. But Stevens then got his fourth victim, Kneller dancing down the track only to swipe at thin air and be smartly stumped by replacement keeper Dean Morrison.
At Farmers Norway comfortably beat France by 6 wickets in the 5th-6th place play off. Having won the toss and electing to field, Norway put in a sharp bowling performance to bowl France out for 70 in 16.3 overs. Only captain Waseem Bhatti (20) and Usman Khan (14) reached double figures as Zaheer Ashiq ripped through the lower order, picking up 4-2 in 1.3 overs. In reply Norway survived a scare, recovering from 10-3 in the 6th over to reach victory with 19 balls to spare, captain Zeeshan Ali making 33 not out in 40 balls, including four 4s and one 6.
Belgium beat Austria by 11 runs in the seventh-place play off at Grainville. Having lost the toss and being put into bat, Belgium made 125-8 in their 20 overs, Jamie Farmiloe top-scoring with a well-made half-century.
In response Austria could only make 114 all out with 3 balls to spare, Belgium's youngster Faisal Khaliq the pick of the bowlers with 3-18. Imran Asif top-scored for the Austrians with 49 but it was to be Belgium's day.
At Victoria College Germany were unable to repeat their sterling batting performance of yesterday as they lost by 23 runs to Gibraltar in the ninth-place play-off. Gibraltar won the toss and elected to bat, making 157-7 in 20 overs as wicket-keeper batsman Kieron Ferrary top-scored with 33. In reply Germany fell considerably short, all out for 134 in 18 overs. Gibraltar's captain Iain Latin did most of the damage with figures of 3-34.
Meanwhile Israel beat Croatia by 86 runs at Les Quennevais to record their first win of the tournament in the eleventh-place play off. Israel made 172-7 batting first, captain Herschel Gutman leading the way with a half-century. Croatia could only muster 86 all out in response, Eliezer Samson returning the impressive figures of 4-11.
Brief scores from mornings matches:
3rd-4th Place ? Jersey beat Guernsey by 8 wickets.
Guernsey 158-8 (20.0 overs, R Kneller 37; B Stevens 4-14)
Jersey 162-2 (17.2 overs, E Farley 90, D Morrison 33)
5th-6th Place ? Norway beat France by 6 wickets.
France 70 (16.3 overs, Z Ashiq 4-2)
Norway 71-4(16.5 overs, Z Ali 33*)
7th-8th Place - Belgium beat Austria by 11 runs.
Belgium 125-8 (20.0 overs, J Farmiloe 50)
Austria 114 (19.3 overs, I Asif 49; F Khaliq 3-18)
9th-10th Place - Gibraltar beat Germany by 23 runs.
Gibraltar 157-7 (20.0 overs, K Ferrary 33)
Germany 134 (18 overs, I Latin 3-34)
Les Quennevais 1:
11th-12th Place - Israel beat Croatia by 86 runs.
Israel 172-7 (20.0 overs, H Gutman 70)
Croatia 86 (17.0 overs, E Samson 4-11)
Final day's fixtures (24th July):
Final: Italy v Denmark (FB Fields, 1430)
For more information including full scorecards from all matches in this tournament please go to:
ICC European Division 1 Championship website