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Jersey’s unwanted hat-trick

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JERSEY clubs suffered a hat-trick of defeats in the Praxis IFM Channel Islands League on Saturday.

Farmers Caesareans and JMCo Walkovers SCF were both beaten in 35-overs-a-side games in Guernsey, by Canacord Griffins and 2mi Wanderers Irregulars respectively, while Rathbones OVs went down against Cobo Tigers, in a T20 game after Tigers’ flight was delayed, on their home ground at the College Field.

Griffins defeated Farmers by 82 runs with Ben Fitchet scoring 77 runs for the victors in a total of 229 for six.

Island captain Chuggy Perchard top-scored for Farmers with 46 runs, but they were bowled out for 147 in 29.4 overs, Luke Le Tissier doing the damage with a five-wicket return in 6.4 overs.

Performance of the day was by Wanderers’ Matt Stokes with a magnificent 170 not out in his team’s 153-run demolition of Walkovers.

Stokes’ first 50 runs came off 53 balls, his next 50 off 30 balls and his next 70 runs off just 30 balls. His last 120 runs came at a strike rate of 200.

Ross Chadwick carried his bat with 52 runs for Walkovers, but he had little support as they chased 284 for victory.

Walkovers succumbed to the ‘Ant and Dec’ pairing of Ant Stokes and Dec Martin who took seven wickets between them.

Cobo Tigers handed out back-to-back maulings to Jersey clubs in consecutive weeks after winning by nine wickets against OVs.

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A week after thumping Farmers by ten wickets, Josh Butler’s well-drilled side turned in a fine performance for their third CI League victory in four games.

Bowling OVs out for 90 runs in 17.3 overs, Butler and Co required just eight overs to chalk up their success.

Butler, who scored an unbeaten century against Farmers, finished undefeated on 38 having struck one 6 and five 4s off just 22 balls.

Butler and the hard-hitting Alex Bushell put on 36 runs for the first wicket, Bushell falling to a good catch by 15-year-old Dylan Kotedia off the youngster’s own bowling.

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Bushell, attempting to drive the ball to long-off, was captured at knee-height – much to Kotedia’s delight.

Bushell departed having scored 30 of the 36 runs on the board, his 11-minute innings included 15 deliveries, six of which he despatched to the boundary line with relative ease.

Zak Damarell came in to hit an unbeaten 21 runs and he featured in a 26-ball 50-partnership with Butler, who brought the half-century partnership up with a six – over the College-side fence and into the road – before then hitting the winning runs with a boundary.

It was a whirlwind innings from Cobo as they took just 27 minutes to reach their winning total.

Butler said: ‘It was always going to be a tricky game with a late flight and the reduced overs and the way OVs started with the bat I thought we were going to be chasing around 200, but we restricted them well and to chase them down was very pleasing.

‘Corey Bisson batted nicely and once he was out and we got our spinners on, we know that we are good fielding team and that we could restrict them.

‘We fielded well and took some good catches, Faz [Will Fazakerley] in particular.

‘It’s always pleasing to get runs [myself] and as a batter my aim is to score runs and help contribute to a win.

‘It’s great that everyone is in form, Alex [Bushell] has just come back from university and he’s hitting the ball nicely, while Zak [Damarell] has had a great year as well.’

OVs lost Peter Millar off the third ball of their innings, caught behind by Damarell.

Jonny Gough struck two boundaries and a six in the third over, off Will Peatfield, to take the score on to 28 off three overs.

Fazakerley took a dolly of a catch at midwicket to dismiss Bisson for 15 runs, off the first ball of Ollie Newey’s second over, and next ball Chris Jones was out after edging the ball to wicketkeeper Damarell.

Gough, who top-scored for OVs with 20 runs, holed out to Ben Ferbrache at mid-on, for the first of three Luke Nussbaumer wickets, and two overs later, in the ninth, Tom Minty was well caught by Butler at deep midwicket leaving OVs reeling on 55 for five.

Kotedia and Ollie Hughes moved the score on to 80 before Hughes became Damarell’s third victim behind the stumps, off Tom Veillard, and next over Kotedia departed following a fine caught and bowled by Nussbaumer, who held on to a rising ball well.

Fazakerley ended Jamie Clayton’s innings with a superb diving catch at long-off, having ran some 15 yards to get there, before Peatfield knocked over Bill Millar’s off-stump and the final wicket fell as Butler held on to another catch – the ninth OV caught, at deep midwicket.

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Andy Bradshaw

By Andy Bradshaw
Sports Reporter

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