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Benoni, South Africa, 4September 2017
SuperJersey down Germany in thriller
Pathwayto ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
- Jonty Jenner and Ben Stevens steered Jersey to a five-wicket win in second WCL match
- Ghana hang on to beat Cayman Islands, while Italy and Guernsey also pick up victories
Jersey,Ghana, Italy and Guernsey all picked up vital wins as the ICC WCL Division 5heated up on day two in South Africa.
Eightteams are fighting for just two promotion spots as they begin qualification forthe 2023 World Cup, making each game vital, and only two sides have a 100 percent winning record.
Jerseyis one of those after chasing 248 to beat Germany by five wickets at SaharaPark,Willowmoore in Benoni, South Africa.Jonty Jenner was the glue which held the innings together, as he struck68 not out, and was ably supported by Ben Stevens (53), Peter Gough (36) andNat Watkins (34).
Jersey,who started with a six-wicket win against Vanuatu on Sunday, won the toss andelected to field – sending Germany into the middle.And the decision paid off immediately as Cornelis Bodenstein trappedDaniel Weston LBW in the first over.Germanyrecovered impressively through Mudassar Muhammad (32) and Amith Sarma (42),before Rishi Pillai helped push the score towards 200.
ButJersey continued to take regular wickets, with Stevens, Ben Kynman and CharlesPerchard particularly influential – as they took two wickets each.Germany was bowled out for 248 from 49 overs, andJersey got to work quickly, with Watkins and Gough putting on 42 for the firstwicket.Asad Mohammad eventually broke thatpartnership by trapping Watkins LBW, but that brought Stevens to the crease andhe hit a measured 53.Mohammad got hissecond wicket by clean bowling Stevens, while Harmanjot Singh got Gough.
Thatgave Germany hope, but Jenner arrived at the crease and stole the show as hehit 68 not out from just 65 balls with eight fours and a six.Mohammad continued to trouble the batsmen with aprobing line and length, and he took his third wicket of the match by bowlingLuke Gallichan.Corey Bisson (13) was alsoout cheaply, but Bodenstein (15 not out) was able to support Jenner – whostayed calm to fire Jersey top of Group B ahead of Wednesday’s game with Ghana.
Jerseycaptain Perchard said: “I think we just put in a good performance on a goodwicket. With the bat a platform was set and we just went at the rate required.
“Ithink the boys are all in good form and excited at the prospect of asemi-final, if we can get there. We are looking forward to playing Ghana in twodays’ time.”
Germanyskipper Pillai said: “I think we were about 40 runs short, I feared. If we hadgot those runs it would have been a different result.”
OnWillowmoore Park B, Guernsey rebounded from Monday’s defeat to Italy with a fine display to see off Cayman Islands by six wickets.
CaymanIslands batted first and started strongly, with Sacha De Alwis (60) and RamonSealy (36) putting on 73 for the second wicket.RyanBovell (28) and Conroy Wright (21) also scored some vital runs, but DavidHooper was a menace throughout with the ball – taking five for 36 as the CaymanIslands were restricted to 214-9.
Inreply, Guernsey hit the ground running as Matthew Stokes (31) and Josh Butler (93)put on 97 for the first wicket before Oliver Newey backed that up with a superb54 off just 38 balls.Jason Martin (17 notout) then steered Guernsey to victory, and condemned Cayman Islands to a secondsuccessive defeat, leaving them bottom of the table.
Guernseygo on to face Qatar in a must-win game, with a semi-final place on the line.
“Wedid not score enough runs or put enough pressure on when we were fielding sothat is where we fell down,” said Cayman Islands skipper Sealy.
AndGuernsey’s Jamie Nussbaumer said: “We are very happy. To bounce back from theItaly defeat in such a strong way is very pleasing.”
Elsewhere,Italy matched Guernsey’s superb run chase to beat Qatar by six wickets on WillowmoorePark C to preserve their 100 per cent start to Group A.
Italywon the toss and elected to field, and that looked the right choice when theyremoved Faisal Javid Khan off just the second ball of the match.But Iman-ul-Haq (36) steadied the ship, whileTamoor Sajjad (40) and Kamran Khan (33) carried Qatar to 209 all out from 46.3overs.
HasnatAhmed’s four for 37 did much of the damage for Italy, who then began the runchase in earnest – attacking Qatar’s bowling from the off.Gian Meade (51) and Rakibul Hasan (62) eachmanaged fine half-centuries before Dan Crowley (46) and Peter Petricola (21 notout) secured victory.
Italyface Cayman Islands in the final group game, while Qatar battle Guernsey.
Italycaptain Gayashan Munasinghe said: “We have got the Cayman Islands next and weneed to improve on our fielding. We have got a rest day coming up so that helpsus.”
AndQatar’s Iman-ul-Haq said: “We needed partnerships but we just could not getany. I think we were a little bit tired after our first match.”
OnWillowmoore Park A, there was plenty of late drama as Vanuatu almostpulled off a spectacular victory against Ghana despite being seemingly oncourse for defeat.Batting first, Vanuatuwas restricted to just 124 all out from 47.2 overs, with Ghanaian ObedAgbomadzie taking three for 22 in a superb bowling display.
Vanuatucaptain Andrew Mansale top scored with 26, while Ronald Tari (24) and PatrickMatautaava (16) also chipped in with valuable runs to help edge Vanuatu past100.Ghana, who lost to Germany in theiropening match, started brightly in reply through Frank Baleri (27) and PeterAnanya (50).
ButVanuatu got back into the contest by taking four wickets for just nine runs toshake Ghana, and set up the possibility of a remarkable victory. However,Godfred Bakiweyem kept his cool and scored the final two runs Ghana required towrap up a two-wicket success.
Ghanacaptain Ananya said: “It feels good to win a game, especially an important one.It is such a great feeling. We now need to focus and achieve what we came herefor. After that there will be a party.”
AndVanuatu captain Mansale said: “I think we were batted poorly today. You want toput something on that you can defend but you can’t defend 124 in theseconditions.”
Guernseybeat Cayman Islands by six wickets at Sahara Park, Willowmoore, Benoni
Cayman Islands 214-9, 50 overs(Sacha De Alwis 60, Ramon Sealy 36, Ryan Bovell 28; David Hooper 5-36)
Guernsey216-4, 36.3 overs (Josh Butler 93, Oliver Newey 54, Matthew Stokes 31; ConroyWright 1-25, Alessandro Morris 1-37)
Jerseybeat Germany by five wickets at Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Germany 248all out, 49.2 overs (Rishi Pillai 46, Amith Sarma 42, Brandon Ess 33; BenStevens 2-35, Ben Kynman 2-38, Charles Perchard 2-45)
Jersey 251-5,44.4 overs (Jonty Jenner 68 not out, Ben Stevens 53, Peter Gough 36; AsadMohammad 3-53)
Italy beatQatar by six wickets at Willowmoore Park C, Benoni
Qatar 209 allout, 50 overs (Tamoor Sajjad 40, Inam-ul-Haq 36, Kamran Khan 33; Hasnat Ahmed4-37, Gayashan Munasinghe 3-52)
Italy 212-4,41.5 overs (Rakibul Hasan 62, Gian Meade 51, Damian Crowley 46; Tamoor Sajjad2-42, Khurram Shahzad 1-19)
Ghana beatVanuatu by two wickets at Willowmoore ParkA, Benoni
Vanuatu 124all out, 47.2 overs (Andrew Mansale 26, Ronald Tari 24; Obed Agbomadzie 3-22,Vincent Ateak 2-31)
Ghana 125-8,33.5 overs (Peter Ananya 50, Frank Baleri 27; Nalin Nipiko 3-41, Jelany Chilia2-24)
TEAM M W L T P
Italy 2 2 0 0 4
Qatar 2 1 1 0 2
Guern 2 1 1 0 2
Caym 2 0 2 0 0
TEAM M W L T P
Jersey 2 2 0 0 4
Ger 2 1 1 0 2
Ghana 2 1 1 2 2
Van 2 0 2 0 0
6September: Group A: Cayman Islands v Italy (Willowmoore A); Guernsey v Qatar(Willowmoore Park); Group B: Germany v Vanuatu (Willowmoore C); Ghana v Jersey(Willowmoore B)