Jersey chase down big Fiji total
Fiji have been beaten by Jersey by five wickets in the fifth place WCL Division 5 play-off game at the Engineering Ground in Lalitpur today.
It was a solid effort by Fiji due largely to the batsmen, who for the first time in the tournament, broke the 200 run barrier.
The Fijian openers got the side off to a good start against a very young and inexperienced Jersey new ball partnership of Alex Noel (16) and Charles Perchard (17).
Sekove Ravoka was the first batsman dismissed for 15 in a useful stand of 33.
Joe Rika (75) and Iniasi Cakacaka (78) then proceeded to put together a very fine 161 run partnership. Incredibly, these were the first and only half-centuries hit by Fijian batsmen in the whole tournament,
The rest of the line-up did well to add a further 64 runs in the last 8.4 overs to take the total to 258 for 7.
The reliable Ryan Driver took 4 for 58 for Jersey.
It would be a formidable target for Jersey to chase even with top class batsmen in the line-up such as Driver, Peter Gough, Dean Morrison and Matthew Hague.
Morrison and Hague rattled off 50 for the first wicket before promising wrist spinner Viliame Yabaki struck in the ninth over.
This brought Driver to the crease.
Morrison was bowled by Yabaki for 38. Youngster Sam de la Haye compiled a composed 23 to put the match in the balance at 139 for 3.
Driver's 78 lifted Jersey to 194 for 4.
Jersey's top five batsmen are as good as any in this competition but the middle and lower order have struggled.
Peter Gough batted sensibly and Sam Dewhurst was giving good support. After 48 overs Jersey required 13 runs for victory.
Gough scored a couple of doubles to start the 49th over - keeping the strike in the process. Another six runs were added in the next four balls. Only three runs were now needed from the last over.
Dewhurst hit a boundary from the first ball of the 50th over to give Jersey a well deserved victory. The chase was perfectly timed.
Gough remained not out on 58. It was a match winning contribution.
Fiji tried hard and played well but clearly Jersey was the better side throughout the tournament and deserved to claim fifth place.