Jersey win final warm up match

The skies were blue and the temperature well into the 30s when the team arrived at the ground at 9am for their final warm up match agains the Royal Malaysian Air Force who very kindly agreed to provide opposition once again.

Some water had got under the covers during thetropical thunderstorm that struck yesterday evening and the startewas delayed even though it was hotter than anything most had experienced!

An early lunch (very good chicken curry and poppadoms) was taken and a 38 over match was agreed on. jersy batted first and despite losing Ed Farley early scored 218 for 7. Dean Morrison returned to form with a good knock of 64 and together with Ben Stevens (56) put on a partnership of 112. Peter Gough (27) and Sam de la Haye (15) helped the Jersey team to a good final score.

Jersey bowled well and always had the Air Force batters under pressure - Anthony Kay bowled some very quick deliveries to return 2 for 32 while Tom Minty enjoyed opening the bowling to take 2 for 29.

The local monkeys (seriously! Macaques I am told) gathered at the top of one of the sightscreens to watch the Jersey bowlers and fielders put added pressure on the batting side who finished on 89 for 8 just as torrential rain once again ended the day.

A good victory for Jersey.

Craig Hogan commented ' Today's match has completed a good acclimatisation and match programme for the squad - we are very grateful to the Air Force for agreeing to play us again and I think we've done all we can to get ready for the tournament. it's great for our blokes to spend time batting and bowling in these conditions'.

Tomorrow's programme includes an official training session, media briefings, tournament meetings and the opening ceremony. It is also a Public Holiday here in Malaysia.

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Chris Minty

Chief Executive Officer

Jersey Cricket Board