The NCU Under 16's beat the touring Jersey side by 17 runs in a tightly fought contest at Belmont.

Reece Malone's 49 provided the backbone of the home side's total of 127 for 7, with Ewan Wilson contributing a vital unbeaten 30.

Josh Lawrenson and Asa Tribe picked up two wickets apiece for Jersey.

Lawrenson (23) and James Sunley (43) got Jersey off to a solid start, but a tight bowling display saw the required rate creep up, and in the end the NCU prevailed by 17 runs.

Luke Allison was the pick of the attack, while there was a wicket apiece for Hugh Minford, Michael Waite, Ethan Hanna and James Lambert.

Jersey will now face Ireland Under 15's in two 50-over contests at Woodvale on Wednesday and Thursday.

Match Photos

At Belmont, NCU U16's beat Jersey U15's by 17 runs

A Johnston b Lawrenson 0
M Glass run out 5
R Malone c Sunley b Tribe 49
S McLaren c&b Tribe 2
A Wylie b Forrest 5
B Beattie c Sunley b Lawrenson 1
E Wilson not out 30
N Allison c Tribe b Clarke 4
J Lambert not out 3
Extras 30 (18b, 2lb, 10w)
Total (7 wkts, 20 overs) 127

Bowling: J Lawrenson 4-0-25-2; T Clarke 4-0-28-1; D Kotedia 4-0-14-0;
A Tribe 4-0-27-2; R Forrest 4-0-21-1

P Gouge b Minford 2
J Sunley b Allison 43
J Lawrenson b Hanna 23
A Tribe lbw b Lambert 5
S Wattling b Allison 4
D Kotedia b Waite 2
J Smith not out 5
G Daniels not out 1
Extras 27 (5b, 9lb, 13w)
Total (6 wkts, 20 overs) 110

Bowling: L Allison 4-0-12-2; E Hanna 4-0-11-1; H Minford 2-0-8-1; J Lambert 2-0-10-1;
M Humphreys 2-0-13-0; S Mclaren 2-0-15-0; M Waite 3-0-21-1; M Glass 1-0-8-0