Cricket champs face title play-off

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The two clubs made the date after winning their final divisional matches last night to finish joint top of the table.SCF ended the play-off hopes of Beeches following a seven-wicket success at Grainville while St Ouen, who scored 165 for 1 in 12 overs, cruised to 73-run win against St John at FB1.In the other match, Abacus were victorious by 12 runs against Air Conditioning Jersey at FB2.SCF skipper Matt Hague said: ‘It was a comfortable win in the end but it looked a fair way off when we required 46 to win off the final five overs.’We got there well and with plenty of wickets in hand.

It was comfortable in the end, with five balls to spare.’But I don’t think our batting won the game for us, it was our bowling.

Restricting Beeches to 94 in 12 overs was a fine effort.

Everyone bowled well, but in particular medium-pacer Renny Maraj.

I shouldn’t be surprised really because he’s had a very good season, he bowls good line-and-length consistently every game.’St Ouen promoted Ward Jenner to open with Mark Tribe, in the absence of Rob Tewkesbury, and the pair were soon into their stride scoring at nine runs an over.Jenner reached 50 off 38 balls and was soon followed by Tribe off 37 deliveries.

Jenner was the only wicket to fall holing out on the long-on boundary caught by Gary Kynman off the bowling of Phil Terry.Jenner’s innings of 85 included ten 4s and a 6.

Tribe carried his bat for 60 including five 4s and three 6s.St John started brightly through Rob English (26) and Andy Richardson although Richardson became the first of Stuart Ramskill’s two wickets.Ramskill bowled in tandem with young Danny Blasco who is maturing as an off-break bowler.

Blasco ran through his three overs taking one wicket for 17.Simon Appleby bowled his first over of the season and the last one of the game.After being hit for a six by Nick Broughton, who showed some resistance late on with 31, he took his wicket thanks to the safe hands of Dave Clark.Richard Robinson top-scored for Abacus with 64 (two 6s and six 4s).

Air Con gave all their players a bowl and they reversed their batting order as it was their final match of the season.The Division I play-off is next Wednesday while Centurions and JUBRFC will play-off for the Division II title on Tuesday – both matches are at Grainville.

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