The Guernsey Cricket Board XI earned an impressive 2-1 win over the visiting Flamingo Netherlands A side in a three-match series played in Guernsey on May 23rd, 24th and 25th. The two teams were competing for the Fortis Group International Cricket Challenge Trophy.
The home side played as the Guernsey Cricket Board XI as three of the players used in their 18-man squad are still in the process of satisfying the ICC eligibility criteria in time for next year's European Second Division Championships. The Dutch side played under the Flamingo name in recognition of the sponsorship provided by the famous Dutch club for the tour. The visitors' 11-man squad included eight players who are in coach PJ Bakker's recently-announced 27-man national squad for the 2007 season. The Dutch side were accompanied by coaches Bakker and Roland Lefebvre, while the home side were coached by Sussex CCC Academy Director, Keith Greenfield.
The Guernsey Cricket Board XI won the first two games very comfortably by 124 runs and by 80 runs, with the visitors gaining some consolation with a 4-wicket win in the last over of the third game. In the second game the home side gave a debut to 15-year old Tim Ravenscroft, an all-rounder who attends the Hampshire CCC Academy.
All three games were played at the island's primary ground, the King George V Playing Field.
Game 1 - Wednesday 23rd May - toss won by GCB XI
Guernsey Cricket Board XI 259 for 4 in 50 overs (A Banerjee 107 not out, M Oliver 71, GH Smit 37, M Bukhari 2 for 44) beat Flamingo Netherlands A 135 all out in 44.3 overs (G Rich 4 for 28, A Banerjee 2 for 8, J Frith 2 for 31) by 124 runs.
Game 2 - Thursday 24th May - toss won by GCB XI
Guernsey Cricket Board XI 220 for 9 in 50 overs (J Frith 58, T Ravenscroft 36, M Oliver 35, M Jefferies 30, M Ghaznavi 4 for 44, M Bukhari 3 for 52) beat Flamingo Netherlands A 140 all out in 46.2 overs (S de Bruin 40, T Ravenscroft 2 for 15) by 80 runs.
Game 3 - Friday 25th May - toss won by Flamingo Netherlands A
Guernsey Cricket Board XI 212 for 8 in 50 overs (J Frith 31, GM Mol 3 for 25) lost to Flamingo Netherlands A 214 for 6 in 49.1 overs (M Bukhari 41, J Schoonheim 41 not out, G Rich 3 for 23, J Frith 2 for 29) by 4 wickets.
The home side's Jeremy Frith was named overall man-of-the series while Mudassar Bukhari was named as the Flamingo Netherlands A side's man-of-the series.