Chris Minty of the JCB
Jersey beat Malaysia in another close finish!
At last a close game went Jersey's way yesterday when a great team effort secured a nail biting victory against the host country. The team - led from the front by Peter Gough - battled hard to gain a deserved victory. Coach Craig Hogan instilled some 'Aussie ticker'
into his young team and sen them out to win the game.
Batting first and looking to post 240 plus the loss of early wickets brought Corey Bisson and Peter Gough together for a patient but crucial partnership of around 90. When they were dismissed young Dan Garton and Sam de la Haye were looking good and 200 plus was still possible as Sam was just beginning cut loose. An unfortunate run out was a setback and the Jersey batters scraped together a total of 171 which gave them a chance.
The Malaysian bowling attack was one of the best we've seen - 2 useful quicks, and aggressive medium pacer and 3 quality spinners - backed up by an athletic fielding side.
Jersey's opening overs bowled by Anthony Kay and Alex Cooke took 4 wickets but proved expensive. Runs were obviously at a premium and with spinners James Faudemer and Ben Stevens not quite at their best it was going to be hard work. Gough rotated his bowlers and as wickets fell victory was in sight but an 88 run partnership by Malaysia held things up and caused some concern, Kay was brought back to break this partnership and duly did so to put Jersey back on track. Some good fielding and catching kept victory in sight but the score was rising slowly and there were plenty of overs left - Gough brought himself on and took a caught and bowled almost immediately Cooke bowled the next over, the batsman was hit on the pads and a huge appeal saw Test umpire, Steve Davis, raise his finger to confirm an lbw and a famous Jersey win.
Jersey play Nigeria today - another big game!
Chief Executive Officer
Jersey Cricket Board