World Cup Qualifier: Run-rate denies Jersey despite final-day victory
JERSEY finished their T20 World Cup Qualifier with a 14-run win against Oman, but it was not enough for them to qualify for the knock-out stages and earn a place in next year’s World Cup in Australia.
Despite missing out on a top-four finish on net run rate, they had the satisfaction of preventing Oman from winning the group and automatically qualifying for Australia, with Ireland taking the spoils in Group B instead.
Jersey defended their 141/7 total by bowling Oman out for 127, a fine team performance all round.
Head coach Neil MacRae said: ‘It was a really good performance, we were looking to put on a good show to end the tournament and the boys did that with all parts of their game good – the batting, the bowling and the fielding.
‘It’s disappointing to miss out on progressing on run-rate, but that’s tournament cricket.
‘However, we beat the team that were top of the group going into the game and to come out here and win five out of eight games, including our warm-up fixtures, and not make the top four is tough.
‘The players are extremely disappointed, but they should be really proud of their efforts because we’ve come out here to Abu Dhabi and beat the home teams of the UAE and Oman.'
Nick Ferraby and Nick Greenwood put on a Jersey T20 record opening stand of 60 runs against Oman but the team failed to capitalise on their fine start with four wickets down off 11.1 overs – all four falling to Mohammad Nadeem who finished with a career-best 4-23 off four overs.
Jersey lost five wickets for 51 runs in the eight overs after the powerplay, before digging in to bat out their 20 overs for 141.
A brilliant direct hit for a run out from captain Chuggy Perchard had Oman in trouble at 106/7, with 17 balls remaining, and with 20 required to win off he final six deliveries Anthony Kay claimed two wickets.
Full report in Monday's JEP.
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