Jersey Cricket firmly focused on Kenyan task

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FRESH off the back of a remarkable 62-run victory against previously unbeaten hosts Uganda, Jersey must shift their attention to today’s second match against Kenya.

It was the perfect start for the Caesareans to the second Challenge League Group B Series contest, but the side know their work is far from over.

They will face a side also fresh off a victory in their first match of the series, over Bermuda.

Star of the opening game Dom Blampied said: ‘It was a fantastic day out.

‘To beat Uganda at home, with a big home crowd, was brilliant.

‘As a bowler, you always have to be ready.

‘We have such a strong bowling attack throughout, so whenever Chuggy [Perchard] gives you a wave to bowl you always have to be ready to give your best.

‘I’m just thankful for coming out on the good side today and helping contribute to get us over the line.

‘Our aim before the tournament started was to go five wins from five, to then see what we can do back in Jersey come August.

‘It’s a perfect start, but that’s all it is.

‘Our focus is now on Kenya to keep the momentum going.’

Blampied’s late contribution of five wickets in as many overs highlighted the depth of talent that captain Perchard has at his disposal.

During the five match tournament, that strength in depth of the Islanders will be pushed, so contributions such as this will prove vital as the event progresses.

Perchard said: ‘We’re delighted at the way we’ve started.

‘The top three batters [Harrison Carlyon, Nick Greenwood and Josh Lawrenson] batted superbly and put us in a strong position.

‘We probably didn’t capitalise on that like we should have and ended up about 30 runs light.

‘The Ugandans got off to a rapid start and left us with a lot of work to do.

‘We really dug deep to drag that game back and there were so many key contributions.

‘Blamps [Blampied] was obviously the highlight and probably had his best day ever in a Jersey shirt, along with Ben Stevens, whose figures were so tight, with key wickets.

‘As much as we enjoyed that win, our attention is fully on Kenya.

‘We need to keep winning and they’re a good side with plenty of quality – particularly with the bat.

‘They’re experienced and beat us last time round in Oman, so the lads will be right up for it and fully focused on getting some revenge for that.

‘We’re on the same wicket that we played Uganda on, so the pitch will be ageing and will certainly play into our spinners.

‘The toss is key and we will be hoping to bat first and set a good score.’

Perchard and his men begin their game at 8am GMT today in Kampala.

ICC TV will be streaming the event for free.

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