Jersey register first win, Singapore climb to second
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 1:28 PM
A rain affected day saw some close nail biters. A low scoring day saw Singapore successfully defend 208 to inflict the first defeat on Malaysia. Jersey recorded their first win against Italy chasing 148, while Oman lost out on a chance to make it 2 wins as the fell short of Denmark’s meagre total of 137.
Regional rivals Singapore and Malaysia played each other at SCC. Malaysia put the hosts into bat and despite dropping a couple of catches made early inroads reducing the hosts to 71 for 3 in 25.1 overs. Rezza Gaznavi, who sent the only six of the innings scoring 44, and Christopher Janik, 49, consolidated for the next few overs putting up a 76 run stand which laid the platform needed for Singapore to finish off strongly, but Hassan Ghulam struck twice dismissing both the set batsmen. In the end Singapore managed 208 for 9 in their quota of 50 overs.
In reply, Malaysia got off to a shaky start losing their 4 top order batsmen in single digits. Thanks to what the Singapore manager described “the most wonderful piece of captaincy he’s ever seen”, almost every bowling change bore instant fruit starting with the choice to open with two off spinners. Once again it was Nasir Shafiq who took the responsibility of holding one end up. There were signs of fight back when Suharril Fetri helped put together a ___ run stand. With Nasir Shafiq’s wicket, the innings was wrapped up by Abhiraj Singh who picked up 3 for 25.
Captain Saad Janjua explained his tactics after the match: “I read the pitch had not much to offer for spinners, so I wanted to bowl some medium pacers and use spinners in the latter half when they could make use of the rough patches. It worked!”
The other game at Kallang between Jersey and Italy was reduced to 40 overs per side. Jersey started off on the bright side picking up wickets at regular intervals. Captain Damian Crowley, 44, was the lone warrior as the Italians posted a meagre total of 147.
Jersey’s chase started off brightly and even though they lost youngster Jonty Jenner, 16, to an unfortunate run out they got to 122 for the loss of 2 wickets. They made a meal of it losing 5 wickets to get the next 25 runs but in the end managed to get over the line to secure their first victory of WCL-4.
Captain Peter Gough scored a vital 61 off 92 balls: “We are really happy and really looking forward to playing the next game. We learned a lot in the last 3 games.”
The third game of the day saw Denmark bundled out for a paltry 137. Oman chose to field after rain had reduced the contest to 34 overs. The Danish top order batsmen couldn’t convert their starts and lost their last 7 wickets for 30 runs. Some abysmal running between the wickets resulting in 4 run outs didn’t help Denmark’s cause. Freddie Klokker, 46 off 37 balls, Michael Pedersen, 26, and Zishan Shah, 23, were the only significant run scorers.
Oman failed to continue their form from their last game and lost wickets regularly. Only four batsmen got to double figures and none of them scored more than 25. Zishan Shah took 3 wickets in 4 overs, resulting in Oman falling short by 13 runs.
Captain Michael Pedersen was pumped up after the close encounter: “We were a bit unlucky to get so many run outs but it was a reasonable target. Four runs per over, we knew, would be tough. But we were brilliant on the field. Always kept the pressure on them and basically just ran through them.”
Scores in brief:
Italy 147 for 9 in 40 overs (D Crowley 44; C Perchard 2-30 B Stevens 2-29 N Watkins 2-24)
Jersey 148 for 7 in 37 overs (P Gough 61 N Watkins 23; G Munasinghe 2-26 C Sandri 2-3)
Jersey won by 3 wickets with 3 overs remaining
Player of the Match: Peter Gough (Jersey)
At Indian Association:
Denmark 137 all out in 33.1 overs (F Klokker 46 M Pedersen 26 Z Shah 23 A Lalcheta 2-18)
Oman 125 all out in 31.2 overs (A Ilyas 25 A Hussain; A Ahmed 2-22 A Khan 2-20 Z Shah 3-15)
Denmark won by 13 runs
Player of the Match: Zishan Shah (Denmark)
At Singapore Cricket Club:
Singapore 208 for 9 in 50 overs (C Janik 49 R Gaznavi 44; H Ghulam 3-39 K Hayat 2-32)
Malaysia 160 all out in 44 overs (N Shafiq 69 S Fetri 43*; M Dharmichand 2-28 C Kumarage 2-10 A Singh 3-25)
Singapore won by 48 runs
Player of the Match: Sheikh Nasir Shafiq (Malaysia)