Juniors retain inter-insulars in style
On a sunny Saturday at FB Fields both the U13 and U11 Jersey teams retained their respective Jersey Post Inter Insulars. It is the third year running that both sides have taken home the trophies.
The U13 team came out winners by a mammoth 144 runs. A commanding total of 224-6 in their 40 overs was largely due to captain Asa Tribe with a fine knock of 94 off 95 balls. He was well supported by George Daniels (33) and Charley Webster (27) to ensure the Guernsey bowlers were never on top. In reply Guernsey could only manage 80 runs before George Richardson took the last wicket to finish with figures of 3-27. The opening pair of Stanley Norman and Fraser Crow ripped through the Guernsey top order taking 2-14 and 2- 15 respectively.
In the U11 fixture Jersey once again batted first but was struggling at 25-3 after a great opening spell from Guernsey's Harry Duke. A fine partnership between Jack Stevens and Will Hodgson got the youngsters through a tough period and the score was up to 90 before Stevens departed. Hodgson continued to punish any bad bowling finishing with 72 off 62 balls and Jersey 177 all out.
This always looked like a difficult chase as the Jersey bowling attack never let Guernsey relax. A superb team performance in the field mixed with controlled accurate bowling meant Guernsey could only find the boundary twice in the 20 overs they faced. Fine spells from left arm spinners Toby Britton (2-14) and Louis Kelly (2-1) did the damage resulting in Guernsey bowled out for 67 and a 110 run win for Jersey.
Cricket Development Manager, Lee Meloy, was delighted with both performances saying "itís fantastic to see our young players reaping the rewards for all their hard work during the winter and early season. We've put a lot of time into both groups and itís a credit to the players and coaching staff that we can produce results like these at a junior level".
The u15s complete the rounds of junior inter insulars next Saturday in Guernsey at Port Soif.