Newcomers through to finals
With Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man being the newcomers to cricket at this level, it may have been expected that they wouldn't all make it through to the final group of this tournament. But they all won yesterday to set up what is now essentially a UK Crown Dependency tri-series for the title.
Hosts Jersey won the toss in their match and inserted Gibraltar. Some tight bowling from Jersey restricted the visitors to 130/9 from their 50 overs, Mark Chipperfield going for just nine runs from his six overs, taking two wickets in the process. Thomas Gibbs also picked up two wickets, whilst James Perchard was the pick with 3/21.
The target was no problem for Jersey, and captain Thomas Wherry scored 53 to guide them to the required total in the 29th over.
At Les Quennevais, the Isle of Man took on Germany. Pick of the Manx bowlers was Max Stokoe with 3/17 as Germany were bowled out for 147. A 94 run partnership between the two Knivetons, Richard (47 not out) and Daniel (58) led the Isle of Man to their target in the 31st over of their innings.
The most comprehensive win of the day was that of Guernsey over France. Jonathan Warr (92 not out) and Kristoffer Moherndl (55) were the top batsman for Guernsey as they scored 271/6 from their 50 overs. The target was a tricky one for the French, but they could have done much better than they did. Only Extras (28) and Jack Hardy (17) reached double figures as France were bundled out for just 74, giving Guernsey a 197 run win.
The group to decide 1st to 3rd place will now be made up of the three winning teams from yesterday, whilst the group to decide 4th to 6th place will comprise Belgium, Israel and Gibraltar. Italy, France and Germany will fight it out for 7th to 9th place.