Jersey crowned ICC European Division 1 Champions
Archie Irtizaali of the Jersey Cricket Board
Jersey captured their first-ever European championship yesterday with a 116-run victory over Italy at FB Fields.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Jersey laid a wonderful platform for victory with a stand of 131 for the second wicket by Dean Morrison, the tournament's leading run-scorer, and Ryan Driver.
Driver was the first to go, stumped by Hayden Patrizi off Andy Northcote for a 90-ball 53, and his partner Morrison soon followed in identical fashion, having made 77 off 103 deliveries with nine fours and a six.
Peter Gough hit a quickfire in with 47 from 48 balls, but Gayashan Munasinghe (three for 46) and Dilan Fernando (four for 49) fought back for Italy. In the end, Jersey were all out two balls before the end of their scheduled fifty overs and set Italy a target of 232 for victory.
Driver carried on with the ball where he left off with the bat, picking up three quick wickets, and he soon had the Italians in trouble at 23 for three. Northcote and Michael Raso, the latter his side's most reliable batsman throughout the week, produced a partial recovery. However a combination of Ben Stevens, James Faudemer and Peter Gough, all picking up two wickets each, meant Italy were dismissed for 115.
Driver ended with three for 23 which combined with his half century deservedly won him the Man of the Match award.
The victory also confirmed Jersey's status as winners of the tournament and thus crowned ICC European Division 1 champions. This feat was made all the more impressive as they to finished the five-match tournament undefeated.