Jersey surprise hosts; Netherlands claim group A lead
It may have come against a UAE side in turmoil after four suspensions and - as was revealed after the match - Ghulam Shabber leaving the country and turning up in Pakistan without informing UAE officials but Jersey's win over hosts UAE today will certainly count as one of the biggest in Jersey's cricketing history coming as it does against a side that's consistently been up towards the top of associate cricket for the best part of 25 years.
Batting first after winning the toss, Jersey weren't looking likely to post a decent score when they lost their sixth wicket in the 16th over with the score on 106. But Ben Ward took matters into his own hands by clubbing 47 from just 24 balls to help take his team to 147 from their 20 overs.
The hosts started their reply with an opening partnership of 60 between Rohan Mustafa and Chirag Suri. Suri was dismissed by Harrison Carlyon from the second ball of the ninth over, which sparked a huge collapse in the Emirati batting order. Eight overs later they were firmly on the back foot at 92-8. They were eventually bowled out for 112, losing by 35 runs. Harrison Carlyon finished with 3-15 whilst Ben Steven took 3-20.
Over in Dubai, the Netherlands took on a buoyant Singapore, the latter batting first after winning the toss. Spin played more of a role for the Dutch than it has in previous matches with Roelof van der Merwe taking 3-22, but pace was still a key, particularly from Timm van der Gugten who took three wickets whilst going for just nine runs in his three overs.
Singapore failed to set a competitive total as they were bowled out for 101. The Dutch lost Tobias Visee and Ben Cooper cheaply before Max O'Dowd and Colin Ackermann - playing his first match of the tournament - put on 39 before O'Dowd was stumped for 35.
Ryan ten Doeschate and Pieter Seelaar were removed pretty quickly to give Singapore brief hope, but Ackermann and van der Merwe put on an unbroken 39 to secure the five wicket win. Ackermann finished unbeaten on 34.
Group A action tomorrow will see Namibia take on Bermuda and Singapore look to bounce back when they play Kenya. In Group B, Oman will play Nigeria in the morning, Ireland will take on Canada in the afternoon and Jersey will look for another win when they play Hong Kong under lights in the evening.