Andrew Nixon (CricketEurope)
Jersey may have been the victors when they came up against the Dutch at Under-19 level last week, but the positions were reversed at Under-15 level today as the Netherlands had a comfortable win over Jersey on the opening day of the European Under-15 Championship today at Rugby School.
Jersey elected to bowl first after winning the toss, and it initially looked to be a good decision. Ashir Khan was run out from the first ball of the match, with opening partner Michael Skerrit dismissed in the next over. Number 3 Sean Walsh was out soon afterwards with the score on 23, and the Dutch were well on the back foot.
A recovery started though, with the fourth, fifth and sixth wickets putting on 40, 51 and 41 respectively. Captain Bas de Leede top scored for them with 57 as his team made 181-9 from their 50 overs. Harrison Carlyon was the pick of the Jersey bowlers with 3-45.
A modest target, but Jersey failed to get anywhere near it. Jim Dukker took a hat-trick in the third over, and Jersey were unable to recover from there. Only three of their batsmen made double figures as they were bowled out for 65, losing by 116 runs. Nicholas Bett also took three wickets .
Jersey now have a day off to recover before they take on Ireland on Tuesday. The Netherlands will play Ireland tomorrow.
Netherlands Under-15s beat Jersey Under-15s by 116 runs
Rugby School Cricket Grounds, 3 August
Netherlands Under-15s 181-9 (50 overs, B de Leede 57, H Carlyon 3-45)
Jersey Under-15s 65 (21.1 overs, J Dukker 3-10, N Bett 3-14)