July 18, 2010

World Cricket League Europe Division One

Denmark off the mark, Jersey remain unbeaten

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Jersey 150 for 4 (R Driver 70*) beat Scotland A 149 for 9 (M Petrie 39, Z Bashir 32*, C Jones 3-26) by six wickets

Jersey's R Driver punches through the off side, Jersey v Scotland A, World Cricket League Europe Division One, Jersey, July 17, 2010
Jersey's R Driver remained unbeaten on 70, from 107 deliveries  © ICC/CricketEurope
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Jersey continued their unbeaten run with a comprehensive six-wicket win in Farmers Field. Scotland opted to bat but got off to a disastrous start, losing four wickets for 20. The spinner Ben Stevens took two wickets and the total was soon 41 for 6. Chalmers (24) and Petrie (39) battled with a seventh-wicket stand, and with Zeeshan Bashir contributing an enterprising unbeaten 32 towards the end, they managed to push the total up to 149.

Jones was the pick of the Jersey bowlers with 3 for 26, while Driver and Stevens took two each, and the bowling was backed up by some excellent catching. Sam de la Haye held on to two splendid catches, while Driver’s catch at midwicket to dismiss Petrie was the pick of the lot.

Jersey batted out seven overs before lunch and reached 27 without loss. Stuart Chalmers and Tyler Buchan struck immediately after the break, leaving the hosts at 41 for 3. Driver and Peter Gough scripted the recovery stand with 93 for the fourth wicket. Gough was dismissed for a patient 26, while Driver remained unbeaten on 70, from 107 deliveries, as Jersey reached their target with eleven overs to spare.

Denmark 174 for 7 (R Mahmood 66*, F Klokker 48, G Munasinghe 4-26) beat Italy 173 for 9 (H Patrizi 30, J Larsen 3-15, D Borchersen 3-26) by three wickets

At Les Quennevais, Denmark recorded their first win of the tournament by beating Italy by three wickets. Opener Hayden Patrizi gave Italy a good start with 30, and Hemantha Jayasena, Michael Raso and Gayashan Munasinghe all contributed in the middle order to take the score to 173. Jacob Larsen bowled economically and took 3 for 15, while David Borchersen later claimed 3 for 26.

Denmark got off to a good start, with Freddie Klokker making 48, but Munasinghe returned to the attack to put them under pressure. Italy were back in the game at 149 for 6. Rizwan Mahmood, however, led Denmark’s charge with a solid 66 not out, facing 92 deliveries and hitting five fours and a six. Munasinghe finished with 4 for 26, but it was Mahmood’s innings which settled the match, and it earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.

Ireland A 90 for 2 (R Strydom 43) beat Netherlands A 86 (A van der Merwe 3-13) by eight wickets

Ireland A had the easiest of wins as they sent Netherlands A crashing to 86 and then chased down the target in 19.2 overs. The experienced Tom de Grooth top-scored with 34 while Albert van der Merwe was the most successful of the Irish bowlers with 3 for 13, and there were two wickets each for Reinhardt Strydom, Shane Getkate and Andrew Balbirnie. Strydom blasted an 18-ball 43, with three fours and four sixes, taking Ireland to victory with more than 30 overs in hand at FB Fields.

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