Netherlands and Jersey tie a see-saw game

Mon, Aug 6, 2012 4:21 AM

Netherlands and Jersey tie a see-saw game
The Netherlands and Jersey tied in a rain affected game that twice saw Jersey come back from almost certain defeat.

Batting first after the Netherlands won the toss, Jersey initially were struggling against the spin of Asad Zulfiqar and Daniel Doram. They were 73-7 at one point, but a break for a sudden rain shower gave them chance to regroup.

After the interval, Jersey batted with much more confidence, and the eighth wicket pair took the total to 160-7 when the innings ended after 50 overs. Asad Zulfiqar was the pick of the Dutch bowlers with 4-16.

Two further rain interruptions reduced the Dutch target to 139 from 34 overs. Like Jersey earlier in the day the Dutch struggled to start with; and had scored 33 when the third wicket fell, before a 43 run partnership for the fourth wicket steadied their innings.

Towards the end of the innings though, Jersey began to build up the pressure, bowling economically and fielding well. The Netherlands could not find any impetus to their run chase, and whilst it should have been easy when ten were needed from the final four overs, they didn't quite make it. Two were needed from the last ball, and the Dutch could only manage one, the match ending in a tie.

A good performance by Jersey to get a tie, but the Dutch will be very disapointed, as they twice threw away a winning position, both with the ball and the bat.

Ireland started their campaign for a first Under 15 title since 2007 with a big win over hosts Guernsey at the KGV ground today.

Batting first, Ireland scored 277-6 before rain brought an end to their innings, with the end being played in heavy rain. Jack Tector top scored with 80, whilst William McClintock scored an aggressive 50 from just 32 balls.

With rain eventually reducing Guernsey's target to 209 from 27 overs, the hosts were never in with a chance. Thomas Viellard batted well to score 36 before he was out in the last over, but Guernsey could only manage 101 before the last wicket fell from the last ball innings, the fourth wicket for Lorcan Tucker.

Ireland have shown that they intend to win this tournament with their performance today and will hope to continue in similar fashion when they play Jersey tomorrow.

Brief scores:

Jersey v Netherlands at Port Soif.
Match tied (D/L)
Toss: Netherlands. Target: 139 in 34 overs
Jersey 160-7 (50 overs) E Miles 45*, A Zulfiqar 4-16
Netherlands 138-9 (34 overs) T Ward 3-27

Guernsey v Ireland at KGV.
Ireland win by 107 runs (D/L)
Toss: Ireland. Target 209 in 27 overs.
Ireland 277-6 (48 overs) J Tector 80, A Dennison 42, W McClintock 50*

Guernsey 101 (27 overs) T Veillard 36, L Tucker 4-18

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