Jenner stars in Jersey’s mixed start to T20 World Cup Qualifier campaign
JERSEY'S cricketers were unable to follow up a sparkling opening-day win at the T20 World Cup Qualifier as they slipped to a 53-run defeat against Canada in Abu Dhabi.
Victors by 69 runs against Nigeria on Saturday, Neil MacRae’s side under performed with the bat on Sunday, despite 21-year-old Jonty Jenner scoring a second consecutive half century.
Jersey went into the game with the previous day’s highest ever T20I score tucked under their belt, 184/4, but chasing Canada’s 176/5 the Islanders fell away towards the end having been up with the required run-rate at the half-way stage.
Canada’s Nitish Kumar was in terrific form with the bat, on a field with a short boundary, as he notched up 50 runs off 25 balls before going on to score 83 off 35 deliveries including two boundaries and three 6s – for a strike-rate of 230.55.
Jersey coach MacRae said: ‘We did really well for the first ten overs of Canada’s innings by restricting them to 58 runs, but after that on a slowish ground and a flat wicket they came back into it.
‘But 175 to 180 was around a par score for the wicket and apart from Jonty who batted beautifully for his 50, we didn’t do ourselves justice with the bat.
‘It was an off-day with the bat after the previous day against Nigeria, we didn’t play our best cricket through the 40 overs, so we’ve got a day to recover and train before we play the UAE [tomorrow] on the same ground [as yesterday].
‘We’ve got to give Canada credit as they are a good side, they batted and bowled well.
‘We certainly batted with the right intent in taking the game to them, but ultimately we ran out of wickets so fell short.'
Full report in Monday's JEP.
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