Jersey win a thriller
Jersey have beaten Guernsey by one wicket in a thrilling clash between the two Channel Island rivals at Kampong Cricket Club in Utrecht today.
Jersey won the toss and elected to field first on a much cooler day than the tournament opening day. The decision soon looked to be the correct one when the first two wickets fell in the first six overs with the score on 24. But Isaac Damarell got the Guernsey innings back on track, initially in a 39 run partnership with Luke Le Tissier.
After Le Tissier was out, Damarell then shared a 73 run partnership with Oliver Nightingale for the fourth wicket which ended when Nightingale was out for 33. Damarell was out soon after having made a fine 73.
Andrew Le Page then hit a quick fire 50 from 45 balls, whilst Matthew Stokes also chipped in with 32 to take Guernsey's total to 252-9 from their 50 overs. Paul McCafferty was the pick of the Jersey bowlers with 4-53.
Jersey's reply started steadily, and when they lost two wickets in four balls with the score on 42-1, the game looked to be Guernsey's for the taking. Callum Rabet and Jonty Jenner then swung the game back the way of Jersey with a 63 run partnership for the fourth wicket before Jenner and Alex Cooke put on an impressive 108 for the fifth wicket.
Jenner and Cooke fell in quick succession towards the end of the innings, sparking a collapse from 213-4 to 228-8. But James Duckett held his nerve with an unbeaten innings of 23 from 16 balls to take Jersey over the line, hitting a four from the penultimate ball to secure the one wicket win in a thrilling finish.
Tomorrow will be a rest day and these teams will be back in action on Monday with Jersey playing the Netherlands and Guernsey playing Ireland.