Jersey cricket clubs still in CI Trophy hunt

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And the final round-robin group matches pit the Jersey clubs against each other with St Ouen meeting Fairbairn SCF and Jersey champions Romerils playing Rathbones OVs.

The only club definitely out of the competition are Guernsey Rovers, who were defeated by eight wickets by Romerils in Guernsey.

Rovers won the toss and elected to bat and on a flat wicket they were struggling on 96 for nine before their last pair took them to 129 off 32.3 overs.

Good bowling all round continued to thwart Rovers as teenager Paul Connolly and Nigel Crocker took three wickets apiece, with Ryan Driver and Nick Walmsley notching two each.

Romerils opened their innings with the intention of scoring the runs as quickly as possible before the rain came.

Nigel Crocker went without scoring and Jamie Brewster hit one six and three boundaries before departing for 24 with the score on 56 for 2 off 9.3 overs.

The heavens opened and after the loss of eight overs, Duckworth Lewis calculations led to a revised winning target for Romerils of 117.

With more rain threatening, Ian Crocker and Ryan Driver returned to the crease reaching the target with an unbroken partnership of 61 runs.

Driver was unbeaten on 51 and Crocker on 35.

Driver struck two sixes and six fours while Crocker hit three fours.

Rathbones OVs’ match in Guernsey was abandoned with the points at stake shared.

St Ouen had an excellent eight-wicket win at the FB Fields against Guernsey’s Optimists.

The Sarnians won the toss and batted and they were in a good position at 80 for 1 after 20 of their allotted 45 overs.

Optimists eventually closed their innings on 198 for nine and St Ouen knocked off the required runs in 31 overs with Australian Dean Morrison hitting an unbeaten 98.

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