Jersey overcome Demark in ICC Division One opener
Jersey Cricket Board
At Grainville tournament hosts Jersey took on Denmark. Denmark won the toss and decided to bat on a pitch that, combined with the overcast conditions, was expected to give the opening bowlers plenty of assistance.
The Jersey bowlers got on top and kept the Danes in check with some accurate seam bowling. Opener Frederick Klokker defied the Jersey attack and carried his bat through the innings, making a patient 67 and taking the Man of the Match award.
Wickets kept falling at the other end, however, and things didn't look good at all for Denmark when they were 97 for 8 after 40 overs. But then Martin Pedersen came in, playing in his first match for his country's full side.
Taking on the Jersey bowlers Pedersen turned the innings around, and he and Klokker added 67 runs in the last ten overs. Pedersen's 38 not out came from just 33 deliveries as Denmark ended on 164 for 8. Matthew Hague was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets in his ten overs for just 19 runs, and Ryan Driver and Thomas Minty picked up two each..
Even though the pitch had eased off Jersey found the going tough to begin with and lost two quick wickets. But opener Dean Morrison and wicketkeeper Ed Farley dug in and began to score runs as the Danish spin attack bowled too many loose balls.
Farley was run out on 39, while Morrison was caught behind off spinner Michael Pedersen for 55. But only 34 were now needed with 20 overs remaining, and Chris Jones, supported by Tim de la Haye saw them through to a five- wicket victory.
The match was notable for the 100th international appearance by batsman Carsten Pedersen, who became the first Dane ever to reach this milestone.