Bowlers battered as JEP KO Cup opens with a bang

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A total of 353 were scored at FB3 where Jersey Academicals defeated NatWest by seven wickets.

Steve Farnden (96) and Simon Varley (31) put on 80 for NatWest’s first wicket as Farnden hit a personal best score, which featured him clouting two 6s and nine 4s.

Unfortunately Farnden missed out on scoring a century when he missed the final ball of the innings as his side closed on 176 for 2.

In reply, Paul Dicker and Will Sinclair put on an opening partnership in the region of 120 as the Accies got home with four balls to spare.

Dicker’s undefeated 78 comprised two 6s and five 4s while Sinclair cleared the ropes three times together with hitting five boundaries.

Young Paul Connolly and Phil Cadoret shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 115 as the Sloggers, of Division III, defeated G4 Securicor, of Division II, by 42 runs.

Connolly hit seven boundaries on his way to 78, off 56 balls, while father-and-son Steve and Myles Landick – Steve making a comeback after several years out – were unbeaten on 42 and 30 respectively for G4 Securicor.

Rob Tewkesbury and Mark Tribe steered Division I St Ouen to a ten-wicket victory against Division III newcomers Jersey Post at Les Quennevais.

Both batsman scored unbeaten half centuries with Tewkesbury hitting four boundaries and Tribe a six and half-a-dozen 4s.

Abacus moved safely into round two following an eight-wicket win against Rathbones OVs at FB1.

OVs closed their 15 overs on 147 with Phil Le Cornu scoring a fine 68 while opener Nigel Johnson carried his bat for 46.

Richie Robinson’s three-over spell resulted in three wickets for 15 runs and Robinson opened to carry his team-mates to victory with an undefeated 83.

Robinson struck a dozen boundaries and one six as Abacus won with four overs to spare.

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