Jersey ensured that no team goes home from the European Under-15 Championship without a win by beating Guernsey at Rugby School today, but it wasn't enough to prevent them from finishing last in the tournament.
Batting first after winning the toss, Guernsey's innings of 185-9 was built around a knock of 61 from Declan Martel. Pick of the bowlers for their Channel Island rivals was Daniel Birrell, who took 3-16.
In reply, Jersey lost both openers for single figure scores, but a partnership of 76 for the third wicket between Christopher Thompson and Benjamin Ward got them on track before Thompson was out for 35.
Harrison Carlyon fell for a duck shortly afterwards, but there was to be no batting collapse as Ward and Benjamin Tait were able to put on 67 for the fifth wicket. Ward was the next wicket to fall, having scored 67, and Jersey went on to complete a four wicket win with 2.5 overs to spare.
Whilst the win wasn't enough to lift them from the bottom of the table, Guernsey managed to secure second place despite their defeat today, as Scotland's loss to Ireland saw them drop down to third. After finishing fifth and last in both of the last two tournaments, Guernsey will no doubt be delighted with their performance this week.
Jersey Under-15s beat Guernsey Under-15s by 4 wickets
Rugby School Cricket Grounds, 8 August
Guernsey Under-15s 185-9 (50 overs, D Martel 61, D Birrell 3-16)
Jersey Under-15s 187-6 (47.1 overs, B Ward 67, C Thompson 35)