Easy win for Guernsey as menís T20Is resume

After womenís T20Is resumed in Austria last week, the first menís T20I since March was played today in Guernsey as the hosts took on the Isle of Man in what was the first T20 International for the Manx side.

With both Guernsey and the Isle of Man currently free of Covid-19, an ďair-bridgeĒ has been created between the two islands, and the respective cricket boards took the opportunity to arrange several matches this week with a large contingent travelling to Guernsey for several matches from Under-13 level all the way up to the senior side, the first time they had played each other since 2004.

(Flying the flag: Pic Martin Gray)

A sizeable crowd was present at the College Field ground, a welcome sight for anyone watching the live stream in the era of simulated crowd noise on televised sport.

The visitors won the toss and opted to bat first. Adam McAuley was the only Manx batsman with a significant contribution, top scoring with 43 before he was bowled by William Peatfield.

(George Burrows is bowled by Will Peatfield: Pic by Martin Gray)

Peatfield and Matt Breban both took 3-24 for the home side as they kept the Isle of Man to just 100-9 from their 20 overs.

Guernsey lost Luke Le Tissier early in their reply, but were largely untroubled thereafter.

Zak Damarell and captain Josh Butler put on 74 for the second wicket, with Damarell scoring 52 from 31 balls, including three sixes, before he was dismissed.

(Zak Damarell drives: Pic Martin Gray)

Butler finished unbeaten on 37 from 27 balls, finishing the innings with a four as his team completed an eight wicket win in 11.3 overs.

The sides will meet again tomorrow for two more T20s, though they will not be full T20Is with Guernsey opting to give some fringe squad members a run out.

(IOM bowler Jacob Butler flying: Pic Martin Gray)

SUMMARY SCORE

At College Field, Guernsey beat Isle of Man by 8 wickets

Isle of Man 100-9 (20 overs; A McAuley 43; W Peatfield 3-24, M Breban 3-24)

Guernsey 101-2 (11.3 overs; I Damarell 52, J Butler 37*)