Jersey’s win double
THREE batsmen scored half centuries as Jersey recorded two comfortable victories in the ICC World T20 European qualifier tournament in the Netherlands yesterday.
Following Wednesday’s abandoned match against Italy, which has been rearranged for today, the Islanders defeated Spain by ten wickets before following up,with a 54-run success against Isle of Man in Amstelveen.
Having restricted Spain to 92 for eight in their allotted 20 overs, Ben Ward, who captured three Spain wickets – all stumped by wicket-keeper Jake Dunford – scored an undefeated half century as he and Jonty Jenner got Jersey to their winning total with 5.2 overs to spare.
Ward and Jenner faced 21 balls between them before they were out cheaply against Isle of Man, but the early damage was repaired in fine style as Ben Stevens and teenager Harrison Carlyon featured in a 137-run third-wicket partnership, helping Jersey to 156 for four in their allotted 20 overs.
Stevens struck five 6s and two fours to top score with 75, while Carlyon ended 50 not out, off 45 deliveries, including four boundaries.
Jersey then bowled the Isle of Man for 102, in 18.2 overs, with Carlyon and Stevens taking three wickets apiece, for a dozen and 19 runs respectively.
Carlyon had a fine game with three catches, two off his own bowling.
‘They were two very good performances,’ said Jersey manager Neil McRae, adding: ‘It sets us up nicely for the game against Italy [today] and Belgium [tomorrow] with both teams currently unbeaten.
‘We bowled really well against Spain before Ben Ward and Jonty Jenner saw us home in just over 14 overs.
‘Ben Stevens and Harrison Carlyon put on a great partnership to get us to 156 against the Isle of Man and on a flat wicket the spinners again dominated the innings to share the wickets.
‘It was very important to get four points on the table ahead of what is a massive game against Italy.’
There were also wins in Group B for Belgium, by three wickets against Finland, and Italy, by 56 runs, also against Finland.
Jersey, Italy and Belgium have each won their two matches to date, Isle of Man have one success in three games while Spain have suffered two defeats and Finland three in their matches.
Following today’s game against Italy, Jersey face Belgium tomorrow and Finland on Sunday, both the latter matches taking place at Schiedam.
Full results inside Friday's JEP.