Jersey ease past France as Denmark make it two out of two
Jersey cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over France at Preston Nomads on Monday afternoon to complete the first round of matches.
But Group B rivals Denmark kept their noses in front at the end of the first day with an equally convincing win against Germany, wicketkeeper-batsman Fred Klokker leading the way with a superb 47-ball knock of 75.
It was Jersey's varied attack which set up their win, bowling France out for 112. Seamer Anthony Hawkins-Kay took three for 10 in three overs, while left-arm spinner Ben Stevens claimed three for 25.
Wicketkeeper Waseem Bhatti was the most successful of the French batsmen with a 20-ball 37 which included four fours and a six, and Shahid Malik chipped in with a useful 21.
It was never likely to be enough, however, and despite the early loss of Ed Farley Jersey were quickly in the box seat. Skipper Peter Gough hit a 33-ball 43 which included five fours and two powerful straight sixes, and after he fell to a fine catch at mid-off by Zika Ali off Usman Khan's bowling Stevens, who had helped his captain add 70 for the second wicket, finished the job in company with Andy Dewhurst.
Stevens ended the match with two reverse-swept boundaries, reaching his half-century from 34 balls with eight fours and a six, and Jersey won with 37 deliveries to spare.
Klokker started Denmark's innings against Germany in devastating form, the highlight a massive six over midwicket which landed in the sheep paddock next to the Nomads' complex. The Danes lost a little momentum after he was fourth out with the total on 109, with Shakeel Hassan, Kashif Haider and Demuni de Silva each picking up two wickets, but with Michael Pedersen making 29 and Taha Ahmed 21, they managed to reach 161 for seven from their twenty overs.
Germany were soon in trouble when they replied, only Rishi Pillai in their middle order making a serious impression with 28 from 22 deliveries, and they were finally dismissed for 105 in the 18th over. There were two wickets apiece for Bashir Shah and Rana Javed.