Guernsey survive scare to defeat Gibraltar
An unbroken fifth wicket stand of 78 in just 53 balls between Jeremy Frith and Ross Kneller helped Guernsey to a six wicket win over Gibraltar at College Field and a place in tomorrow's semi-finals.
Chasing 117 for the win, Guernsey lost two wickets in the first over as both Tim Ravenscroft and Tom Kimber fell to Mark Bacarese (2-15), to silence the sizeable home support.
Andrew Reyes (1-17) trapped Lee Savident in front to leave it 10 for 3, and when Rodd Hawkins bowled Guersney captain Stuart Le Prevost for 18, the game was very much in the balance.
The experienced Frith however remained calm and in conjunction with Kneller ensured the target was reached with 15 balls to spare.
Frith struck two fours in his 44 from 43 balls, while Kneller was the more aggressive, hitting 5 fours in his unbeaten 40 from just 29 balls.
Guernsey had bowled steadily, with all the bowlers keeping Gibraltar in check. Gary Rich (2-15) and James Nussbaumer (2-28) were the most successful, with Stuart Bisson (1-12) and Tim Ravenscroft (1-24) the other wicket takers.
Dave Coram (36) anchored the Gibraltar innings, while Mark Bacarese (14) and Iain Latin (12) were the other players to reach double figures.
A final total of 116 proved competitive, but not quite enough in the final analysis.