Sam makes early mark as Farmers move clear
FARMERS Caesareans opened up a 22-point lead at the top of the 40-over Premier Division after winning the top-of-the-table match against Rathbones OVs on Saturday.
At the Farmer’s Field, the home team ran out victors by 37 runs with 20 balls to spare.
Nick Ferraby, Sam Malpass and Tony Carlyon performed well with the bat for Farmers, while the OVs reply included a hard-hitting 68 from captain Corey Bisson, who featured in a couple of decent partnerships with Chris Jones and Elliot Corbel.
‘It was a topsy turn game,’ said Farmers captain James Perchard.
‘Nick Ferraby gave us a good start with 36 runs [five boundaries] and then Sam Malpass [a newcomer to the Island] batted really well.
‘Sam [who struck nine 4s on his way to an undefeated 85] and Tony Carlyon  really pushed us on in the final 15 overs to total 218.
‘The total was about what I expected and we had a good start in the OVs reply with Joel Richardson bowling impressively, to eventually finish with three wickets.
‘Corey Bisson batted well for OVs and it was a good ball from Ben Kynman that got Elliot Corbel out because Elliot and Corey were going along well at the time.’
OVs skipper Bisson said: ‘We gave them 20 or 30 runs too many in the last ten overs, our fielding was not good then and we leaked boundaries.
‘Farmers batted well and it was tough for us because we lost a few wickets and I needed someone to stay around with me.
‘Harry Brookes and Chris Jones bowled economically in their spells to restrict Farmers and once Elliot [Corbel] was out we were unable to carry on the momentum we had.’
St Ouen-Springfield, 40-over champions last year, defeated JMCo Walkovers SCF by 55 runs at FB Fields.
St Ouen’s total of 208 included 68 runs from Dean Morrison and 46 late on from fellow former Jersey Cricketer of the Year Ryan Driver.
‘It was a good win,’ said St Ouen captain Dom Blampied.
‘Walkovers matches are always a decent test and we had a great start in their reply with some quick wickets.
‘John Best and Jack Maton were very accurate early on and our fielding was much improved on last week when we put down four or five catches.
‘We didn’t drop any this week so that backed up our bowlers really well.’
John Donaldson top-scored for Walkovers with 78 runs.’
Meanwhile, Saturday was an excellent day for Victoria College as their 1st XI and U13s defeated their Elizabeth College counterparts.
At Mont Millais the 1sts won by 135 runs while the U13s were 128-run victors at Les Quennevais.
Matt Smith, director of sport at Victoria, said: ‘We started off with a really good opening partnership [55 runs] but unfortunately we then lost a few quick wickets to be 68 for four, which was a bit disappointing.
‘It was a bit of a struggle but then Matt Donaldson batted really well to score 69 runs and Chris Thompson came in later to hit 39 not out and help us get up to 226 in our 45 overs.
‘Bowling-wise we started brilliantly with Ed Giles taking four wickets in his first four overs.
‘We reduced Elizabeth to 28 for four in six overs which was really really good.
‘Ed finished up with five wickets for seven runs in 8.4 overs, which was excellent, while Chris Thompson took three wickets as well.
‘We blew them away at the start, we bowled and fielded well and took our catches.
‘They were 46 for eight at one stage and there was no way back for them from there.’
Charlie Webster struck seven boundaries on his way to 60 runs, off 62 balls, in the Victoria U13s’ win.
Elizabeth contributed 53 extras – 22 wide balls and 19 no balls – to the Victoria 30-over total of 201 for nine.
Elizabeth were bowled out for 73 runs in 20.4 overs, Jonathan Cushen took three wickets for one run in his sole over while William Perchard bowled tidily in a four-over spell that included one wicket for just six runs.