Jersey Cricket Board
Jersey's Under 11 side had a successful festival in Guernsey recently. The youngsters, ably coached by Peter Gough, won 2 out of their 3 games against Guernsey and County opposition. At KGV on a hot day playing against Guernsey, Will Giles got the team off to a great start with a quick-fire 35 and featured in a useful partnership of 70 with Jonty Jenner. Then strong-hitting Solomon Warner came in ending on 33 as he and Jenner put on a superb stand of 85, Jenner ending up with 67 as the JCB closed on a creditable 185. But Guernsey batted very well, a useful partnership between Nightingale and Fazackerly realizing 95 runs and good bowling at the death from Luke Hinton (4 overs for 2 runs) was required to eke out a narrow victory by 8 runs.
At 2 for 2 against Dorset after only 4 balls, JCB needed another good partnership, and this time it was Josh Le Cornu who dug in for a highly effective 13 runs in another 50+ partnership again with Jenner. Warner then repeated his previous days heroics with 39 runs in a magnificent partnership of 113 with Jenner who started the final over on 89. He managed a boundary off the first ball, then 2 more, then lost the strike and was able to scramble 2 more off the last ball of the innings to finish undefeated on 98 – a remarkable effort. The total of 200 was always likely to be too many and Dorset ended on 114-3. Will Kaye, Harry Jenkins and Warner being the successful bowlers.
The final game against East Devon saw some changes to the batting line up which didn't exactly work as planned – Giles and Charlie Ellam took the score to 27-3 but a collapse saw a slump to 33-7. Jenner, batting this time at number 9 was ably assisted by Massimo Furness in a 44 run partnership, of which Furness made a high-quality 29. Ollie King at number 11 may only have scored 3 runs but his partnership with Jenner for the last wicket was 42 and JCB recorded 137 all out – Jenner 56 not out. Good bowling from Kaye who took an early wicket, backed up by strong fielding (a good run out from Warner) kept the pressure on the Devonshire side, but in the heat further wickets were not forthcoming and East Devon eventually crawled over the line in the 35th over to win by 8 wickets.
The festival was overall a fantastic intensive learning experience for some highly promising young cricketers.