Jersey have now returned home after their first ever World T20 qualifying tournament. They finished 6th in Group A having beaten Hong Kong and Nepal during the tournament. Defeats to USA, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, USA meant that Jersey had to beat Ireland at Malahide CC in Dublin on the final day of the first round of the tournament to have a chance of qualifying. Jersey lost the toss and were put into bat on a damp morning in Dublin. Captain Peter Gough hit 42 but Jersey collapsed from 106-2 to 122 all out. Ireland reached the target with more than three overs to spare.
Coach Neil MacRae told BBC Jersey "We're disappointed that we're not going to the World Cup - the challenge now is to move forward with this young group of players and go to the next World Cup. It's been an unbelievable experience for all of us. We've learned a huge amount, the players deserve huge credit for the way they've come through this. We've been tested a number of times, we've had some tough lessons to learn, but ultimately we've come back and played our best cricket at the end of the week and that's all we could ask. I'm incredibly proud, they've been a huge credit to Jersey."
Jersey beat Hong Kong in Bready, Ireland by 9 wickets to secure their first ever ICC World Twenty 20 Qualifier victory.
Captain Peter Gough top scored with 81 off 60 balls and was awarded Man of the Match. He was supported by opening batsman Ed Farley who hit four 6s and three 4s on his way to making 57 off 35. After Farley was caught by Kinchit Shah off the bowling of Irfan Ahmed, Jonty Jenner came to the crease and helped Jersey reach their total of 154/1 after 17.2 overs.
Jersey now top Group A ahead of Ireland and Nepal on net run rate. Jersey face Papua New Guinea tomorrow who have yet to play.
Jersey has arranged to play two interesting warm up matches in Hampshire this weekend.
On Sunday, June 28th they play UAE – who played in the World Cup recently – at Totton CC and on Monday play Kenya at the Ageas Bowl, home of Hampshire County Cricket Club.
Both countries will provide very good opposition ahead of the qualifiers in July.
Jersey Cricket announces its squad for next month's ICC World T20 Qualifier as follows:
Peter Gough (Captain), Nat Watkins (Vice-Captain), Edward Farley, Ben Stevens, Anthony Hawkins-Kay, Tom Minty, Charles Perchard, Jonty Jenner, Corey Bisson, Rhys Palmer, Ben Kynman, Callum Rabet, Paul Connolly, Dominic Blampied and Corne Bodenstein.
The team is accompanied by Neil MacRae, Lee Meloy and Craig Meredith.
On the final day of play at Pepsi ICC Europe Division 1, Jersey was crowned winners on net-run-rate. It was still possible that one of four teams could run out eventual winner of the tournament and grab the qualification spot going into the start of the day with Italy, Jersey, Guernsey and Denmark all on equal points. Jersey defeated rivals Guernsey by four wickets, Denmark defeated Italy by 16 runs and Norway beat France by 15 runs, to ensure victory was the hosts.
At Farmers, Guernsey scored 121 for nine and Jersey chased down the winning runs in 14.3 overs to win by four wickets, at Grainville, Denmark beat Italy by 16 runs, as they scored 142 for six in 20 overs and Norway defeated France by 15 runs at FB Fields after posting 116 for nine.
Guernsey posted 121 for nine in 20 overs with Tim Ravenscroft (39, four fours and one six) supported by Ben Ferbrache (19), Tom Kimber (16) and Matt Stokes (15). Nathaniel Watkins was the pick of the Jersey bowlers taking four wickets for 18 runs. Jersey’s batters took the attack to the Guernsey bowlers, opener Peter Gough (23, five fours) and Cornelis Bodenstein (36, six fours and one six) getting their team ahead of the run rate. Anthony Hawkins-Kay (25) secured victory in 14.3 overs, securing victory for Jersey and winning the tournament.
Captain, Peter Gough was delighted with the win “The Italy game was crucial and gave us a huge win, the defeat to Denmark was disappointing, but to stay in the tournament coming in to the last day was great, it gave us a huge shout. We came in to the Guernsey match initially looking for victory, we bowled well and in the chase we did lose wickets, but the batters coming in were positive and backed themselves looking for boundaries and we managed to finish up a few overs early,” said Gough.
Looking ahead to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland in July 2015: “It’s an amazing feeling, we have been trying to qualify for the past couple of years, getting to the semi-final stages, but we have done it now and looking forward to playing against different opposition and representing Europe,” said Gough.
Denmark put an end to Italy’s hopes after securing a 16-run over at Grainville. Freddie Klokker (67, seven fours) once again fired for the Danes and was supported by Hamid Shah (25). Michael Pedersen (11 not out) and Kamran Mahmood (11 not out) took the Danes to 142 for six from 20 overs. The pick of the bowlers from Italy were Carl Sandri 2-24 and Dilan Arsakulasuriya 2-31.
Italy’s reply faulted as they were 21 for four after 4.3 overs, as Petricola, Northcote, Sandri and Perera were all dismissed cheaply. Captain Damian Crowley (43) and Gino Rasa (45) steadied the ship, but the Italians were too far behind the run rate and came up short, with Denmark winning by 16 runs. The stand out Danish bowlers were Raja Basit Javed 3 wickets for 19 runs and Syed Bashir Shah 3 wickets for 26 runs.
Italy’s Carl Sandri picked up the award for the Most Valuable Player, as leading wicket taker for the tournament he took 12 wickets and scored 133 runs.
In the day’s other match at FB Fields Norway completed a 15-run victory over France. Sufyan Saleem scored a quick fire 39 from 37 balls including five fours and Shahzad Umran contributed with 29 runs. The pick of the French bowlers was Rameez Eshan (2-8). France’s reply consisted of falling wickets Rameez Ehsan (23) and Waseem Bhatti (20), as Shahzad Umran taking four wickets for 11 runs. Norway bowled out the French for 101 runs and won by 15 runs.
The Pepsi ICC Europe Division 1 tournament takes place from 9-13 May in Jersey.
Participating Countries: Denmark, France, Guernsey, Italy, Jersey, Norway
Jersey's squad is below:
Peter Gough (Captain), Dominic Blampied, Corne Bodenstein, Corey Bisson, Ed Farley, Jonty Jenner, Anthony Hawkins-Kay, Ben Kynman, Tom Minty, Rhys Palmer, Charles Perchard, Ben Rive, Ben Stevens, Nat Watkins.
Manager: Tony Carlyon
Coach: Neil MacRae
Assistant Coach: Lee Meloy
The JCB has announced its squad for the Inter-insular in Guernsey on September 7th:
NATIONAL SQUAD MATCH REPORTS - 2013
14/6/13 - JCB v Cricket Club Conference (CCC) - The national squad travelled to Three Bridges Cricket Club in Sussex for their latest warm up match prior to the Euro Div T20 Championship and also the WCL 6 qualifiers in July to play CCC.
Having lost the toss Jersey were asked to field. Tight bowling at the start restricted CCC to a modest run rate of under 4 for the first 10 overs however, when the track started to dry out whatever seam movement there was faded and the very adept CCC side started to push on and put jerseys bowlers to the sword. Strong batting from Richard Wharton who almost saw the full 45 overs out (118) and his brother Ed Wharton (59), assisted by others, put up a good total of 250/6. Wickets were shared around between the Jersey bowlers and good fielding also added to the wickets total with two sharp run outs.
Jersey opened well in response with Pete Gough and Paul McCafferty sharing a 1st wicket partnership of 91( off 107 balls). Progress after that was slow but steady and just under the required run rate. The loss of two quick wickets meant a consolidation phase and this was orchestrated by initially E. Farley and A. Cooke (69 off 80 balls) and then Faley and A. Dewhurst (51 off 38). With the total inching closer but some good bowling pushing the required run rate up it was looking like CCC had done enough with the final over leaving Jersey requiring 11 to win. After a wide on the first ball, Jersey lost L. Gallichan 2nd ball of the over and with 11 runs still needed, T. Minty scampered a one to get the in form Farley on strike. With 3 balls remaining Farley lofted a mercurial 6 over long on, followed by 4 in the same region and Jersey got home and won by 3 wickets.
All in all a great day's cricket and a special thanks to players, officials and supporters of the CCC and the Three Bridges CC for their hospitality and comradeship. SCORECARD
26 & 27/5/13 - JCB v MCC - The national squad played a strong MCC side in two games over the bank holiday weekend. The first game which was a 50 over a side game played at Grainville was a close encounter which saw the MCC win off the last ball. Jersey posted 234 runs for 9 off their allotted 50 overs (D. Morrison 99 off 122 balls). MCC timed their chase well and scored the winning run off the last ball with 8 wickets down, Jersey bowler P. Connolly taking 4 wickets for 54 runs SCORECARD.
The following day saw a T20 game played at Farmers Field. MCC posting a modest total of 144/5 of their 20 overs were put to the sword by the Jersey batters from the go with Jersey never dropping below the required run rate of 7 per over and easily got to their target with 2.3 overs to spare and won by 7 wickets (A. Dewhurst 41, T. Minty 30 n.o., P. Gough 25, C. Bodenstein 25) SCORECARD
The games over the weekend sees Jersey having played five this season so far and won four. Next National Squad game is against the Cricket Club Conference in Sussex on 14 June and should prove to be another strong test for the squad in its run up to the ICC European Div 1 and ICC world League 6 Tournaments coming in July.
20/4/13 & 21/4/13 - Jersey beat Kent Premier League team Sevenoaks Vine CC in two games at Grainville. The firstgame. a 50 over match SCORECARD and second a T20 SCORECARD. In game one 'Chuggy' Perchard bowled really well and was supported from good performances by P. Connolly and B. Kynman (the latter making his senior squad debut) - D. Morrison in his first game back from his honeymoon lead the batting attack from no.2 ending up with 78 n.o. off 125 balls, captain P. Gough 52. Game 2 saw Jersey batting first and after losing P. Gough without scoring E. Farley (44) and A. Kay (53) steadied the ship whereby Jsersey posted a modest total of 147/4 off their 20. 'Chuggy'Perchard then weaved his magic again tying down the oppostion whilst regularily taking wickets (3/12 off 4), again another senior squad debutant LE. Gallichan (2/35 off 4) stepped up to the mark and with some tight fielding Sevenoaks were always chasing the ever increasing run rate, until they ran out of overs 11 runs short.
14/4/13 - Jersey beat Cornwall by 7 wickets in T20 - Thanks to the tremendous efforts of Steve Blampied (groundsman at Grainville) and the willingness of the match officials (Mike and Jane Carpenter / Heath Kearns) and both teams, Jersey excelled to beat the Minor Counties Champions today. Having been set a respectable total by Cornwall of 117 to win, Jersey paced themselves well, always staying with the run rate. Having wickets in hand in the closing overs allowed Ben Stevens to open his shoulders and in two devestating overs he took the game away from Cornwall. Ben, who ended up on an undefeated 60 (5x6's and 2x4's) off 30 balls smashed his way past the Cornwall's total with almost two overs to spare. Some great fielding, catching and running between the wickets were the cornerstone of Jersey's victory. A great start to the season SCORECARD
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