Jersey promoted to Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 9:46 AM
The ICC World Cricket League Division Four will see Jersey in Singapore this June after the side beat Cayman Islands in a one-sided match at Bayuemas Oval. The British island also booked a place in the final as they continue to top the standings in Division five.
Ben Stevens was the star as he recorded 79 runs and three wickets to continue his sensational form in the tournament in Malaysia.
In the first innings, Jersey had an early scare when their top order batsmen could only score one run in two overs, Nathaniel Watkins was bowled out by Troy Taylor with one run after nine balls while Gough was caught out by Cayman Island’s Ainsley Hall with just one ball.
However, yesterday’s man-of-the-match against Malaysia, Stevens continued his great form when scored 79 runs out of 95 balls. After 26 overs, Andrew Dewhurst (44 runs caught out Omar Willis), Edward Farley (86 not out) and Anthony Hawkins-Kay (36 not out) were the top batsmen as they helped Jersey record 279 runs for six wickets.
“Earlier in the innings, we were a bit in trouble. The wickets were good and their seamers bowled really well to get wickets in the first two overs.
“However, the other batting partnerships settled us down and it was good to see them get some runs.
“Ben Stevens is an outstanding cricketer. He has been brilliant all week. He is batting positively and his bowling has been decent as well. He is a decent all-around cricketer and we’re proud of him.
“Tactically there are parts of the game we’ve to improve. We’ve got to improve our batting and bowling skills and at the same time, improve our fitness if we want to do well in the Division Four,” said Gough.
The second innings saw Jersey’s continued dominance when they recorded five wickets in just 12.2 overs with Cayman Islands recording just 27 runs. Conroy Wright’s entrance galvanized Cayman Islands a little as he scored 79 runs in just 51 balls but it wasn’t enough to beat high-riding Jersey.
Thomas Minty and Stevens were the stars in the second innings when they bagged four and three wickets respectively to help Jersey win by 122 runs.
Ronald Ebanks said that Jersey batted very well today and said that they deserved to win. He also added that Cayman Islands has underperformed in this tournament and they will look to win their last game against Tanzania if they want to remain in division five.
“The heat was a factor but I wouldn’t really want to complain about the conditions and atmosphere. As a cricketer, we’ve to be prepared for everything,” said the 30-year-old Ebanks.
In other matches, Malaysia’s captain Ahmad Faiz Mohammad Noor lead from the front as he scored 103 runs to help Malaysia beat Guernsey by 63 runs. Malaysia recorded 286 runs and eight wickets in that game as they close in for a place in the final of the tournament and also promotion to Division Four.
Khalil Rehemtulla impressed as he got three wickets to help Tanzania beat their African rivals Nigeria by 10 runs. This is their second victory in the tournament. Nigeria’s captain Adekunle Adegbola got two wickets and 41 runs but it wasn’t enough to inspire Nigeria to a victory.
Scores in brief:
At Royal Selangor Club
Tanzania 216 runs, all out (48.3 overs)
Nigeria 206 runs, all out (48.1 overs)
Tanzania won by 10 runs
Player of the Match: Adekunle Adegbola (Nigeria)
At Bayuemas Oval
Jersey 279 runs for six wickets (50 overs)
Cayman Islands 157 runs all out (32.5 overs)
Jersey won by 122 runs
Player of the Match: Benjamin Stevens (Jersey)
At Kinrara Oval
Malaysia 286 runs for seven wickets (50 overs)
Guernsey 223 runs for eight wickets (50 overs)
Malaysia won by 63 runs
Player of the Match: Ahmad Faiz Mohammad Noor (Malaysia)