Jersey win third game in a row
At Selangor Turf Club, Peter Gough's Jersey set Fiji a healthy target of 248 at the ground that is surrounded by the Selangor horseracing course. Dean Morrison was back in his usual opening spot despite his match-winning effort in the middle-order yesterday but the 33-year-old was not to be as lucky with the bat, managing just 11 while Ed Farley made just four runs.
Ben Stevens made his first real impact with the bat today, the 19-year-old managing to score 37 runs before edging a ball to Maciu Gauna behind the stumps for Fiji. Corey Bisson managed just 18 runs today and thus captain Gough accompanied by Sam de la Haye put in important innings with the bat, the pair contributing 108 runs to the fifth-wicket partnership.
Aftter Gough's departure, de la Haye added another 32 runs alongside Anthony Hawkins-Kay but Joe Rika's catching skills proved in fine form at Selangor, the Fijian captain catching both Gough and de la Haye to send them packing.
In chasing down the target, Fiji set about the task with aplomb, going after every ball and the side's attitude paid off with the side just two wickets down in the 21st over and 122 runs on the board. Brothers Colin and Joe Rika rotated the strike for the third-wicket partnership and adding 57 runs to the total in the process.
After Colin's departure, Joe continued to perform, scoring a half-century that included some big hitting from the Fijian left-hander but despite the side going all out to chase down the total, even the tail-enders couldn't quite make it to the target and the side fell just 28 runs short of victory to add to the misery of relegation. Stevens and Charles Perchard did well for the Jersey side, the duo picking up three wickets each to help Jersey to maintain its Division 6 berth.
Winning for a third day in a row, captain Gough said: 'It's been a tough week for us where we had some close games early on in the week which we could have won and now three wins on the trot. I'm pleased we've manage to maintain our position in Division 6, it's been a tough few World Cricket Leagues for us with trips to Nepal and Tanzania and now here but I'm happy with our performances this week.
'I think one of the positives we can take away from this week is the way the side batted as a unit. It wasn't about just relying on one player to do the job, it things went wrong up the top then someone down the order would step up and there was always one or two players who made sure we got the runs, that's been a really pleasing aspect of this tournament.'
Fiji's assistant coach Taione Cakacaka said: 'It has been a disappointing week, but it was great the boys were able to finally show some of the form we know they are capable of today against Jersey. They showed spirit and they went down fighting. We'll go back to Fiji now and review the tournament and also the preparation leading up to it and go from there. We know that we can rebuild from this and get Fiji back into the higher divisions where it belongs.'
Tomorrow's play-offs will be as follows:
1st/2nd - Malaysia v Guernsey (Kinrara Oval)
3rd/4th - Kuwait v Jersey (Selangor Turf Club)
5th/6th - Fiji v Nigeria (Bayeumas Oval)
All matches start at 1030 local time (0230 GMT)
At Selangor Turf Club
Jersey 247-6, 50 overs (Stevens 37, Gough 55, de la Haye 63; Tawsheed 2-32)
Fiji 219 all out, 43.5 overs (J Rika 52; Stevens 3-52, Perchard 3-26)
Jersey won by 28 runs