Jersey continue winning run

Mon, Mar 10, 2014 9:26 AM

Jersey continued their winning run after they beat Malaysia by 8 wickets with 42 balls remaining. Jersey’s Ben Stevens impressed with 83 runs as their captain Peter Gough also chipped in with 73 runs.

Before all the matches, a minute of silence was observed for the passengers on board of the ill-fated MH370 flight which went missing on Friday.

In the first innings, the wickets favoured Jersey as they managed to get five wickets in just 12 overs. Anthony Hawkins-Kay was the star in those overs as the pace bowler got three wickets to take out Sheikh Nasir Shafiq, captain Ahmad Faiz Mohammad Noor and Fikri Rosdi.

The brilliant bowling performance jolted Malaysia’s batting order as the players couldn’t score as many runs as they did the in the last two games. Even the in-form Syeikh Nasir, who scored 151 runs against Cayman Islands, was bowled out with just four runs.

After the setback, Malaysia recovered with Khizar Hayat (41), Anwar Aruddin (28), Suharril Fetri (33), Hassan Gullam Mohammad (20) and Hiran Rallalange (33) combined well to keep the score respectable at 202 runs for nine wickets.

In the second innings, Malaysia managed to keep Jersey at bay with 101 runs for one wicket after 31 overs. However, Jersey started to pull away and the partnership between Peter Gough and Ben Stevens (83) yielded 123 runs as the whole team got 203 runs.

Malaysia captain Ahmad Faiz was pretty disappointed with his team’s performance as they didn’t manage to score quite good numbers on the spot.

“It’s part of the game. There are two more games and I hope everything goes well for us.
“Our order top-order batsman plan didn’t work out and it might be our bad day because all of us worked hard. Now, we have to motivate each other for the next game,” said Faiz.

Jersey’s Ben Stevens said that the team’s performance today was brilliant and everything worked according to plan for his team.

“Peter Gough batted brilliantly today and Anthony Hawkins-Kay also bowled brilliantly. Let’s just hope that the momentum will continue for us,” said Stevens.

In other matches, Tanzania recorded their first victory when they beat Guernsey by 48 runs. This Guernsey’s third straight defeat and they’re virtually out of the reckoning for Division Four and they are close to relegation. Tanzania’s captain Hamasi Abdullah and Benson Nyakini impressed when they got three wickets each as Guernsey recorded only 115 runs all out in 41.1 overs.

At Kinrara Oval, Endurance Ofem impressed with 90 runs as he helped Nigeria to beat Cayman Islands by 7 wickets with 56 balls remaining. Saheed Akolade also impressed as he got three wickets as Cayman Islands managed 204 runs in 50 overs.

Scores in brief:
At Royal Selangor Club
Malaysia 202 runs for 9 wickets (50 overs)
Jersey 203 runs for 2 wickets (42 overs)
Jersey won by 8 wickets with 47 balls remaining
Player of the Match: Ben Stevens (Jersey)

At Bayuemas Oval
Tanzania 163 runs, all out (48.3 overs)
Guernsey 115 runs, all out (41.1 overs)
Tanzania won by 48 runs
Player of the Match: Benson Nyakini (Tanzania)

At Kinrara Oval
Cayman Islands 204, all out (50 overs)
Nigeria 205 for 3 wickets (40.4 overs)
Nigeria won by 7 wickets with 56 balls remaining
Player of the Match: Endurance Ofem (Nigeria)

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