Jersey through to semi-finals, Guernsey relegated
Jersey will face Qatar in Thursday’s World Cricket League Division 5 semi-finals after progressing to the knock-out stages as Group B champions.
And Channel Islands rivals Guernsey have been relegated from the World Cricket League pyramid for the first time since joining the International Cricket Council after losing to the Middle Eastern country in their final Group A match.
Unbeaten in South Africa so far, defending champions Jersey beat Ghana by 108 runs on Wednesday to confirm their final position at the top of Group B.
Nat Watkins top scored (44 runs), while Peter Gough, Ben Stevens, Jonty Jenner, Corey Bisson and Jake Dunford all recorded meaningful totals as Jersey registered 226 for eight in their 50 overs.
Ghana lost wickets regularly, as they stuttered towards their final total of 118 all out, in 36.4 overs. Stevens’ excellent form with the ball continued, as he took three wickets for just 17 runs in a particularly miserly nine overs. Corne Bodenstein, Watkins and Elliot Miles took two wickets each.
For Guernsey, their stay in the World Cricket League has come to an end after they lost a nail-biting encounter with Qatar by three wickets.
Ollie Newey scored 80 runs as the Sarnians reached 231 for nine in their 50 overs, but the Qataris got their chase off to an electric start. Inam-ul-Haq and Qalandar Khan both scored half centuries as the Middle Easterners raced to 112 runs without losing a wicket.
Guernsey did eventually break that partnership but they couldn’t prevent Qatar reaching their target, for the loss of seven wickets and with 2.1 overs to spare.
The Sarnians will be relegated into the regional European divisions for the next World Cup cycle. Since making their first appearance in the World Cricket League in 2008, Jersey have yet to slip out of the global system.