Cricket: Jenner hits half-century on first-class debut

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WHILE England were crashing out of the Champions Trophy in Cardiff, Jersey's Jonty Jenner was creating history in West Sussex.

In making his debut for Sussex County Cricket Club, the 19-year-old Islander is believed to have become the first Jersey player to feature in a first-class game. And, although the match is far from over, it has already been a debut to remember.

With his team struggling, at 90-4 on the first day of a four-day encounter against South Africa A, Jenner marched to the crease at Arundel yesterday and scored a memorable half-century. He was eventually caught at long leg having scored 68 runs, including nine boundaries, from 114 deliveries.

'I went in on a hat-trick ball just before lunch and was 0 not out at lunch, which was very nervy,' said the Old Victorian. 'But I returned after the break and played well, absorbed a lot of balls but it was what was needed from a sticky situation.'

Full story in Thursday's JEP.

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