One of associate cricket's oldest and most fiercest rivalries had its latest incarnation yesterday at the KGV ground in Guernsey as Jersey were the visitors for the annual inter-insular match.
Jersey had won last year, so Guernsey were hoping to take the trophy back on their home turf. They had a setback in their preparation though when it was revealed that Will Fazackerly, who made his debut for Leicestershire earlier this year, had been ruled out for six months due to a stress fracture in his back. Luke Nussbaumer had also been ruled out, and there were also injury concerns over skipper Jamie Nussbaumer, but he was eventually cleared to play.
It was Jersey captain Charles Perchard who won the toss, and he asked the home side to bat first. Robert McBey bowled Josh Butler in the fifth over, before Matt Stokes and Ollie Newey put on 103 for the second wicket. That partnership ended when Newey was caught by former captain Peter Gough from the bowling of current captain Charles Perchard having scored 40.
Stokes reached 72 before he was eventually out in the 40th over, trapped lbw by Nat Watkins. An unbeaten 38 from Jason Martin helped Guernsey reach 204-7 from their 50 overs. Watkins was Jersey's leading bowler with 2-48.
There was no early wicket for Jersey in reply, with Peter Gough and Nat Watkins scoring steadily in their opening partnership of 42 before Watkins was dismissed for 23 by Guernsey captain Nussbaumer. Gough was the third man out, being bowled by Max Ellis in the 26th over having scored 42.
Ellis then had Harrison Carlyon out lbw for a duck three balls later, and Guernsey were looking like they had a chance of defending their low total. Of course they had Jonty Jenner - who made his first-class debut for Sussex earlier this year - to contend with, but he could only manage 31 before skipper Nussbaumer had him caught behind.
Corey Bisson also scored 31 before he was bowled by Luke Le Tissier, and with that dismissal Jersey found themselves on 165-7 and were facing defeat. However Guernsey were then frustrated by an eighth wicket partnership of 37 between Jake Dunford and Charles Perchard, which ended in the 49th over when David Hooper removed Perchard.
Elliot Miles joined Dunford for the final over with just three runs needed. A dot followed by three singles secured a 2 wicket win for the visitors.
Both teams will shortly be flying to South Africa for the World Cricket League Division 5 tournament. Jersey will be in a group with Germany, Ghana and Vanuatu, whilst Guernsey will be playing the Cayman Islands, Italy and Qatar.
Guernsey lost to Jersey by 2 wickets
King George V Playing Fields, 26 August
Guernsey 204-7 (50 overs, M Stokes 72, O Newey 40, J Martin 38*)
Jersey 205-8 (49.4 overs, P Gough 42, M Ellis 3-37)