Jersey beat Guernsey in close encounter at WCL Div 4
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 10:32 AM
Malaysia booked a spot in the final and also booked their flight to Singapore after beating Nigeria by 9 wickets at Bayuemas Oval. Together with Jersey, Malaysia will now play in ICC World Cricket League Division Four at Singapore this June.
Shahrulnizam Yusoff and Suharril Fetri impressed in the first innings when they got three wickets each. Nigeria could only score 113 runs in 32.2 overs as Malaysian bowlers were on a roll during that innings.
Olajide Bejide and Ricky Sharma scored were top batsmen with 23 runs each for Nigeria but it wasn’t enough for them.
In the second innings, Malaysia only needing to chase 114 runs got the job done as the partnership of Captain Ahmad Faiz Mohammad Noor and Syeikh Nasir Shafiq scored 111 runs to help Malaysia notch 115 runs.
Man-of-the-match Ahmad Faiz was delighted with the victory and said that the players performed very well today.
“We managed to stop them at 113 runs and it was a good score to chase. Our partnership did well and I’m happy with the victory.
“We always think positive whenever we face our opponents. Our bowling was very good today and managed to keep the Nigerians at bay,” said Faiz.
Ahmad Faiz also said that the game plan was Division Four will be the same and he said that the players will look to score big runs in the match-ups in Singapore.
“In every game, our batsmen and bowlers have been doing their job. We managed to control ourselves well and overcome our opponents. Our top-order batsmen will have to be their best tomorrow against Jersey in the final,” he said.
Captain Adegbola Adekunle said that the Nigerians started badly and that start proved to be the downfall for Nigeria.
“In this tournament, we’ve played well but they’re improvements that need to be made. Each and every member of the side will have to improve and I hope there will be more facilities in Nigeria for our cricketers.
“Experience in Malaysia has been great and I hope this experience will help us do well in the next two years when the next tournament comes,” said the man who is also known as Phillips.
In other cricket grounds, Benson Nyakini impressed as he got four wickets to help Tanzania sink Cayman Islands in the final group game at Royal Selangor Club. Tanzania won by 12 runs and will face Nigeria in the 3rd and 4th playoff. Cayman Islands is relegated to Division Six together with Guernsey.
At Kinrara Oval, Jersey had to dug deep to win against Guernsey as they beat them by only a wicket in a closely contested match. Dean Morrison impressed with 63 runs for Jersey while Guernsey’s Oliver Newey scored 56 runs. Guernsey has yet to win a match so far in this tournament and they have been relegated to Division Six.
Jersey dedicated the win to former Jersey Cricket President Keith Stevenson Dennis who passed away yesterday due to heart attack.