Jonty Jenner makes first-class debut
Jersey international Jonty Jenner has made his first-class debut for Sussex as they began their four day match against South Africa A at Arundel yesterday.
Jenner came in to bat at number six - joining Bermuda and England Under-19 player Delray Rawlins - with the score on 90-4, after a pre-lunch collapse saw the home side go from 83-0. Jenner's first ball saw him see off a hat-trick attempt by Duane Olivier.
The pair went on to put on 172 in 45 overs, both bringing up their maiden first-class fifties in the process, before Jenner mistimed a hook and was caught at long leg by Dane Paterson. Rawlins eventually fell for 96, just short of his first first-class century.
Jenner has been involved with Sussex since 2012 having played that year for their Under-14 side. He has risen through the age groups there, alongside his international commitments with Jersey, and his debut for the senior side, even in a game against a touring side, represents a big step in his development.
He is the first home-grown Jersey player to play first-class cricket, though amongst the Channel Islands he was beaten to it by Guernsey's Lee Savident, who played four first-class matches for Hampshire between 1997 and 2000.