Gallichan leads Jersey to victory over Kuwait
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 8:54 AM
A man-of-the-match performance from 18-year old Luke Gallichan led Jersey to a 6-wicket victory over Kuwait on Day 1 of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6.
Having won the toss in glorious sunshine at Grainville and electing to field, Jersey restricted Kuwait to 179 all out in 39.5 overs.
Some early explosive hitting from Muhammad Khan (40 off 45 balls) and Muhammad Kashif (39 off 34 balls) had seen Kuwait race to 99-2 in the 16th over, but Jersey pulled it back and some accurate seam bowling from Tom Minty (2-14 in 5 overs) and good all-round fielding saw the hosts seize the momentum and take the next 8 wickets for 80 runs. Cornelis Bodenstein was the leading wicket-taker with 3-48.
In reply, Jersey were in a spot of danger before the lunch interval at 8-2 in the 3rd over but youngster Gallichan (72* off 114 balls, including 7 boundaries) and Corey Bisson (45 off 85 balls, including 5 boundaries), weathered the early pressure and put on a crucial 97-run partnership for the 3rd wicket.
Andrew Dewhurst (33* off 35 balls) then joined Gallichan for a strong 5th wicket stand that saw Jersey home with 8.4 overs to spare.
Gallichan said, ‘It was my first innings in the WCL Division 6 and I’m thrilled to have scored 72 and to have won the game for our side. I was sent in as a ‘lunch watchman’ but I managed to stay there until the end and I’m really pleased with my performance.’
Jersey captain Peter Gough said, ‘We didn’t bowl as well as we would have liked in the first 18 overs but Paul Connolly, Tom Minty and Ben Stevens pulled it back really well. Kuwait were flying and we thought we’d be chasing 250 so we did a good job to restrict them.
‘With the bat, we were 8-2 and there was a lot of pressure on our men so I was delighted with how Luke and Corey handled the situation, both before and after the lunch interval. I’m pleased with how we played spin today so we’ll look to take that forward against Bahrain tomorrow.’
Kuwait’s captain Hisham Mirza said, ‘We got off to a good start but then came the collapse and 180 was a poor total for a 50 over game. We got some early breakthroughs through Sajid Manzil and there was turn out there for our spinners but Jersey played them well.’
Elsewhere, Argentina beat Bahrain by 3 wickets in a tight, low-scoring encounter at FB Fields.
Having won the toss and electing to bat, Bahrain made 166 all out in 42.1 overs. Muhammad Hanif top-scored with 74 and he was well supported by Shahzad Siddique, who made 36. Lucas Paterlini and Gary Savage were the pick of the Argentinian bowlers, returning figures of 3-34 and 3-41 respectively.
In reply, Argentina’s batsmen shared the runs around as they secured a narrow victory with 5 balls remaining, Pablo Ferguson (37), Alejandro Ferguson (37) and Martin Siri (35) the key contributors and Paterlini hitting vital runs down the order to see his side home.
Argentina’s captain Esteban Macdermott said, ‘I think we did extremely well with the ball and we kept them to an achievable target. I think the pressure and the nerves of seeing victory so close played against us but ultimately we got over the line and we’re very happy about that.’
At Les Quennevais, Nigeria beat Vanuatu by 6 runs in another close encounter. Having been put into bat, Nigeria made 230 all out in 49.2 overs, Adekunle Adegbola (44) and Segun Olayinka (34) the top-scorers.
Captain Andrew Mansale led the way in Vanuatu’s run chase, making 58, and Kalworai made an unbeaten 57, but it wasn’t enough as Oluseye Olympio’s 3-41 helped Nigeria to a slender victory.
Vanuatu’s manager Mark Stafford said, ‘We played quite well today but we let ourselves down in some critical areas. It was a gutsy performance from us to get so close with our batting but I think we let Nigeria get 30 runs too many in the field.’