ICC Media Release
Jersey batting duo Mathew Hague and Dean Morrison made up for the side's first-day loss in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5 (WCL Div. 5) by securing a nine-wicket win over Fiji today in Nepal.
The game, which was broadcast live on local Nepalese television at Tribhuvan University ground, saw Jersey ease its way past a Fiji side that was all out for 120 in 36.2 overs.
Hague and Morrison both made quick-fire half-centuries with the 31-year-old Morrison reaching his with eight fours and one six in 53 balls. Meanwhile man of the match Hague stuck it out to the conclusion of the game and was helped by Peter Gough to secure the Channel Island's victory.
In Fiji's innings, Jersey's Ben Stevens took 2-11 while the top scorers were Sekove Ravoka, Tikovanualevu Kida and veteran player Iniasi Cakacaka each making 25.
Hague, who recently came out of retirement, said: “It was an important game for us to win. The first thing we have to do is get a couple of wins under our belt and ensure that we do stay in Division 5. It was a much needed win to beat Fiji as we couldn't afford to have two losses.
“I didn't have a great game yesterday. Cricket is a bit of a mental game so it is nice to get some runs on the board and start feeling confident again.”
Looking ahead to Tuesday's match against USA, Hague admitted it wouldn't be easy. He said: “The game against the USA should be a good match, as they are pretty strong, but our win today will give us a lot of confidence.”
Meanwhile, Fiji coach Steve Jenkin reflected on his side's second loss of the tournament: “It's a bit early for in-depth reflections but we were set up to score 250 plus and unfortunately we weren't patient enough to get those runs and lost wickets too quickly.
“Our guys want to hit every ball - they aren't showing the patience to stay there. We need to change that approach in our future games.
“We bowled poorly and we didn't do anything that we should have done. We need to get six of our guys fit again, after being sick, but we will talk about what went on here, and try and put things right.”