The Jersey Cricket Board were delighted to host the Chinese National Women's
cricket team this weekend and our island shone beautifully under the July
summer sun. On Friday 25th July the Jersey Women took on their visiting opponents in a 40 over competition. Winning the toss China decided to bat first on a sun kissed strip at Grainville Cricket Ground. Jersey struck early on with Flo Copley picking up
a wicket in her second over.
(Photo courtesy of the JEP)
China rebuilt and with a second wicket partnership of 106, hard hitting and quick running between wickets saw China looking comfortable. At the half way stage China were 99-2 with their captain Huang Zhzio looking set. Jersey worked hard in the field, and the team fought back well, a double wicket maiden for Amanda Smith forming part of the fight. Jersey managed to take 7 of the Chinese wickets but runs still came easy for the batting team as they finished on an impressive 270-7 off their alloted 40 overs.
Copley 8 overs 3 wickets for 53runs
& Smith 4 overs 2 wickets for 37 runs being the pick of the Jersey bowlers.
Captain Huang Zhzio stared for china with the bat scoring an impressive 145* her maiden century.
The Jersey batters were faced with a mammoth challenge and China team were not in
any mood to make it easy for them. Both opening bowlers giving Jersey openers
Smith and Dunning very little opportunity to score runs, and Smith being bowled
for 1 in the 3rd over. Despite the restriction of runs Jersey were showing some
will power and a partnership of 48 from Dunning and Copley saw the Jersey team
quite happy to be only one wicket down going at just under 4 an over at the 10
However the bowlers came back strong and wickets began to tumble. The Jersey batting order struggling to play and deal with the spin of the
Chinese attack and sadly
Jersey finished 77 all out in 31 overs. A disappointing end to a promising
start for the Jersey women. Lots of positive were to be taken from a game which
proved to be a huge learning curve from a squad consisting of 4 new players.
Both the coach and the captain of the women’s side thought there were positives
to be taken from the performance against a very strong and confident Chinese
Having already played numerous matches in the UK against Berkshire and the MCC the Chinese women spent two days on the island thanks to sponsor Bedell, Rathbones, British Airways and the Merton Hotel.
The Jersey Cricket Board would like to add their thanks to sponsors One Foundation and Tamarind for their continued support of womens cricket.
Squad for European Women’s Tournament
15th -18th August 2013
Jersey Cricket announces its squad as follows:
Gemma Dunning (Captain), Amanda Smith, Michele Leerson, Tracey Vallios, Flo Copley, Helen Liron, Emily Le Feuvre, Katie Ridley, Rose Hill, Marcia Lee, Jayne Coppin, Helen Lagadu.
The team is accompanied by Coach Corey Bisson.
The Jersey Cricket Board is delighted to announce this August Jersey will be hosting a 4 team European Women’s Tournament.
Jersey will play host to France, Germany and Hungary from the 14th – 18th August in a T20 tournament which will take place at FB Fields. Each team will play each other once with the tournament culminating in a final between the top two teams on Saturday 17th August.
Jersey travelled to Chateaux Thoiry CC, France earlier in the year and successfully retained the Oliver Dubaut Trophy. Jersey also defeated Germany twice at last year’s European Women’s Tournament including a 8 wicket victory in the final. Moreover, the Jersey squad know that the German team will be looking for revenge and a win against Jersey on home soil will be in their sights. Hungary remain an unknown entity and Jersey will have to wait for the tournament to discover their final opponents.
Senior player Corey Bisson and coach of the Jersey women commented “The girls have all worked hard over the summer on all aspects of their game and have seen massive improvements mostly in their batting. I’m feeling confident that they are up for the challenge of this tournament and we are looking forward to defending our unbeaten T20 record, and again being crowned champions”
On the morning of Saturday 18th May the Jersey women took part in a training clinic which saw 45 girls and women participate from numerous French clubs and the Jersey squad. The morning consisted of numerous stations ranging from batting, bowling and fielding drills which were lead by French and Jersey coaches.
In the afternoon Jersey took to the field in defence of the Oliver Dubaut trophy. France won toss and asked Jersey to bat first. Amanda Smith and Tracey Vallios opened the innings and struggled to accumulate runs on a slow outfield and some extremely tight bowling from the Rebecca Blake and Sharon Whiting. The pitch also provided the bowlers with some assistance in the form of good carry and uneven bounce. Jersey carried on there innings and picked up runs where possible but wickets tumbled as pressure mounted and the number of over’s ran out. Jersey finished on 89 all out in the 24th over with only Amanda Smith making a significant contribution to the total with 27.
Sadly the rain came down and the conditions changed somewhat when the French opening pair came out to knock off a reachable target. However Jersey had other ideas and despite slippery conditions underfoot and with the ball Jersey bowled extremely tight lines offering the opening batters very little width to score runs. With the lack of runs came wickets and at drinks the game was still in the balance with either team in a winning position. However, Jersey continued the pressure, wickets fell and Leerson and Smith bowled well in partnership to keep France to 51-4 off their allocated 25 over’s. Amanda Smith was the obvious women of the match with her 27 and bowling figures of 4overs, 2 maidens, 2 wickets for 6 runs. Amanda was well assisted by Michele Leerson only conceding 3 runs off her 5 over spell.
Jersey were again winners of the Oliver Dubaut trophy, captain Gemma Dunning commented “We are relieved and delighted to have won the trophy for a 3rd year. It was a tough game, and having only managed a low total we knew we would have to bowl and field extremely well to retain the trophy. We have been pushed hard in this fixture, and we were surprised and delighted to see that the French side have made huge steps in development over the past 12 months” adding “ we look forward to seeing them at the European tournament being held in August in Bologna”
Both teams had hoped to have play a T20 fixture on the Sunday morning but sadly inclement weather meant that the game was taken indoors and a 6 a side fun competition organised. Looking ahead the Jersey ladies are now back and training hard for the forth coming T20 competition and two visiting teams to Jersey in coming months.
30 July 2012
The increasingly rapid development of European women’s cricket was underlined in Utrecht last week as teams from six countries took part in a Twenty20 tournament in a refreshingly festival atmosphere.
Previous tournaments of this kind have been hosted by Belgium, but this season it was the Kampong club which hosted the event at its Maarschalkerweerd complex, where the availability of three grounds meant that all six sides could be in action simultaneously.
Jersey, the eventual winners, Gibraltar and Estonia were participating for the first time, joining defending champions Germany, Belgium and a Dutch invitation eleven in a round-robin competition.
Hungary, who have taken part in the past, were unable to do so this year for financial reasons, but one Hungarian player, Anna Lovrics, currently staying in the Netherlands, guested with the Belgian team, and it must be hoped that now that Hungary has become an ICC member, she will be able to appear for her own country next season.
Led by Gemma Dunning, a former Yorkshire Under-19 player, Jersey went through the competition undefeated, and confirmed their superiority with an 8-wicket victory over Germany in Saturday’s final.
Belgium finished third by virtue of a narrow 4-run win against the Netherlands XI in their final round-robin match. Estonia were just pipped for fifth place by Gibraltar, but they had produced what turned out to be their best performance of the week in their opening match against the Gibraltarians, losing by just two 2 runs in a tense encounter.
For all the teams, however, the week was as much about gaining experience and learning new skills as it was about the results, and for many it was a first opportunity to play on a turf pitch. The Estonian squad also benefited from a coaching clinic from members of the Dutch national women’s side.
There were plenty of notable individual performances, including two half-centuries for Belgium’s Catherine Cook, twelve wickets for the Dutch skipper Meike Lubbers and some excellent bowling by Danielle Moore of Belgium, and fine allround efforts by Germany’s Maura Brauser and Gibraltar’s Noelle Laguea.
Dunning’s unbeaten 36 in the final was also a very good innings, and sealed her claim on the Player of the Tournament award.
It may be early days, but Jersey’s performances here lead one to wonder how long it will be before they are ready to join Ireland, the Netherlands and Scotland in ICC Europe’s European Women’s Division 1 championship, at least in the Twenty20 format.
Gibraltar 118-3 (20 overs) beat Estonia 116-6 (20 overs) by 2 runs
Germany 83-3 (20 overs) lost to Jersey 85-3 (18 overs) by 7 wickets
Germany 97-7 (20 overs, MA Lubbers 4-16) beat Netherlands XI 62 (M Brauser 4-17) by 35 runs
Belgium 164-3 (20 overs, C Cook 59*) beat Gibraltar 84 (18.3 overs, D Moore3-7, M Thrupp 3-14) by 80 runs
Netherlands XI 95-4 (20 overs) lost to Jersey 99-5 (17.4 overs) by 5 wickets
Belgium 159-3 (20 overs, C Cook 68*) beat Estonia 71 (15.5 overs, D Moore 3-15) by 88 runs
Estonia 76-8 (20 overs, C Meier 3-15) lost to Netherlands XI 77-1 (12 overs)
Gibraltar 75-6 (20 overs) lost to Jersey 77-5 (16.1 overs, N Laguea 3-14) by 5 wickets
Germany 116-5 beat Belgium 57 (15 overs, M Brauser 3-20)
Netherlands XI 118-3 (20 overs, MA Lubbers 45*) beat Gibraltar 106-6 (20 overs, N Laguea 40) by 12 runsGermany 180-2 (20 overs, M Brauser 47*) beat Estonia 51-5 (20 overs) by 129 runs
Belgium 92-8 (20 overs) lost to Jersey 93-2 (18 overs) by 8 wickets
Jersey 119-5 (20 overs) beat Estonia 101-4 (20 overs) by 18 runs
Germany 125-7 (20 overs) beat Gibraltar 94 (20 overs, T Harreiner 4-14) by 31 runs
Belgium 103-4 (20 overs) beat Netherlands XI 99-6 (20 overs) by 4 runs
Germany 106-4 (20 overs) lost to
Jersey 107-2 (16.5 overs, G Dunning 36*) by 8 wickets
The Jersey Women’s Cricket Association travel to Utrecht, Holland tomorrow to participate in a 6 team European T20 Tournament. The tournament is hosted by Kampong Cricket Club Utrecht who are celebrating 110 years of cricket.
Captain Gemma Dunning said ‘This is a great opportunity for us to show our true potential against tough opposition. We are looking forward to the challenge and it will be a great opportunity for us to see the standard of women’s cricket in other European countries’
Those countries include Holland, Germany, Gibraltar, Estonia & Belgium
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