ODEY WEALTH INTER INSULAR TROPHY 2017
Saturday 26th August
KGV Playing Fields
Under blue skies and a bright sun the resplendent looking KGV hosted a gripping match that in the end saw Jersey just get over the line.
The toss was won by new Jersey skipper Charles Perchard who chose to insert the Greens on what looked a belter of a wicket, prepared by Stu Le Prevost. The usual morning dew meant that batting first was always likely to be the harder and perhaps this was the thinking.
Guernsey started up with Matt Stokes and Josh Butler and got to 16 before Rob McBey cleand JB up with the last ball of the fifth over. Ollie Newey strode to the wicket at three and he and Stokesy started to build a base to launch the innings from. Stokesy caressed a few drives over the boundary rope in typical unflustered style, whilst Ollie ticked along beside him. The pair put on 103 for the second wicket before Ollie (40 from 98 balls) lofted one off Perchard and ex-skipper Peter Gough clung on running back. Guernsey were 119/2 after 35 overs and needing to have a big final third to the innings.
Lucas Barker was next in, having joined the squad to replace the injured Will Fazakerley, but he fell run out backing up for 4, despite a big dive to make his ground. Jason Martin came in at 5 and his game is all about tempo and he soon looked to up the run rate. However 11 runs later he lost Stokesy adjudged leg before to Nat Watkins as he went back to one. 137/4 with only 10 overs left looked well short at this stage.
Jason though, assisted by brief but darting contributions from Ben Ferbrache, Tom Nightingale and David Hooper managed to get Guernsey up to 204/7. A count of only 14 boundaries in the innings being a contributing factor in a total that felt about 20-30 runs light.
The Jersey chase began with Gough and Watkins and they looked at ease as they marched onto 42 after 12 overs before Jamie Nussbaumer induced a false shot from Watkins that was snaffled by Luke Le Tissier (making his IIT debut). Jamie was bowling after some intense rehab on his injured ribs but gritted his teeth and charged through the pain. Ben Stevens was next in and both he and Goughy have been a nemisis to the Guernsey side over the years. They only added another 18 though as the highly impressive David Hooper bowled Stevens.
Jonty Jenner then came to the wicket and his quick scoring style in a low scoring game would have been worrying the Greens. 23 runs later they were parted as Max Ellis got through Goughy's defences and then removed Harrison Carlyon 3 balls later. 93/4 after 26 kept the Guernsey boys in it. Max Ellis was into a very good spell and was troubling all the batsman.
Corey Bisson had now joined Jenner and the two looked very solid as they picked off the bad balls and ran well to accumulate nicely. They had put on 45 in 10 overs when the returning Nussbaumer got a nick down the legside off Jenner and Jason Martin took the catch. Bodenstein was next in and again he and Bisson moved on steadily as they chased down the Guernsey 204 which was now looming into sight.
The impressive Ellis (3/37) bowled Bodenstein and then Luke Le Tissier got his first Inter Insular wicket bowling Bisson to set up a tense finish. The noise level around a healthy crowd at the KGV was starting to increase as the home fans sensed a victory.
Perchard and Dunford were now at the crease and they moved the score to 202 before Hooper got the Jersey skipper. Miles joined Dunford for the final over with 3 needed and the Guernsey skipper bowling.
One Run (Scores tied)
Before Dunford nudged the ball for another single to send the Jersey contingent wild and the Guernsey players and fans dropping their heads.
A great game in the end and in the end great viewing. Both sides now move on to South Africa and ICC World Cricket League 5 and hopefully another match in the Final.
Man of the Match - Matt Stokes (Guernsey)
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