July 19, 2010

World Cricket League Europe Division One

Jersey finish undefeated

Liam Brickhill
The victorious Jersey team pose with the European Division One cup, July 22, 2010
The victorious Jersey team pose with the European Division One cup  © ICC/CricketEurope
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Jersey 231 (Morrison 77, Driver 53, Fernando 4-49, Munasinghe 3-46) beat Italy 115 (Driver 3-23) by 116 runs
Hosts Jersey finished with a 116-run victory over Italy at FB Fields to finish the five-match tournament undefeated.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Jersey were set on the road to a clean sweep with a stand of 131 for the second wicket between Dean Morrison and Ryan Driver. Driver was the first to go, stumped off Andy Northcote for a 90-ball 53. Morrison soon followed having made 77 off 103 deliveries with nine fours and a six.

Peter Gough weighed in with 47 from 48 balls, but Gayashan Munasinghe (3 for 46) and Dilan Fernando (4 for 49) bit back for Italy, and Jersey were all out for 231.

Driver soon had the Italians reeling on 23 for 3 with three quick wickets. Northcote and Michael Raso produced a partial recovery, but with Ben Stevens, James Faudemer and Peter Gough picking up two wickets each Italy were dismissed for 115. Driver ended with 3 for 23 to go with his half-century, and took the Man of the Match award.

Ireland A 236 for 6 (Strydom 108, R McCann 32*) beat Scotland A 235 for 9 (Chalmers 61, Flannigan 42, van der Merwe 3-34) by four wickets
The battle for second place between Ireland A and Scotland A at Grainville resulted in victory for the former, as they chased down the Scots’ total of 235 for 9 to win by four wickets.

Scotland were given a good start by Freddie Coleman (38), Ryan Flannigan (42) and Ewen Chalmers. However it took some hard hitting from Sean Weeraratna and Marc Petrie in the closing overs to get the total up to something defendable. Albert van der Merwe was again the most successful of the Irish bowlers with 3 for 34.

Reinhardt Strydom and Niall McDonnell got their side off to a solid start. Together they put on 90 in 18 overs, but McDonnell departed for 38. Strydom started to raise the tempo, and reached his century in the 46th over. He and Rory McCann added 54 for the sixth wicket. Strydom went on to 108, made off 122 balls with ten fours and two sixes. McCann finished on 32 not out.

Netherlands A 268 for 5 (Heggelman 128m Griujters 48) beat Denmark 251 (Pederson 70, Luten 3-40, Woutersen 3-51) by 17 runs
A depleted Netherlands A side completed a fine victory over Denmark, moving into fourth place in the process. Tom Heggelman posted the first century of the competition with a splendid 128, made off 153 deliveries with 17 fours and two sixes. He was involved in two century partnerships, the first of 104 with his captain Tim Gruijters (48), and the second of 122 with Tom de Grooth, who also made 48.

Heggelman then claimed Denmark’s first wicket in his second over as they set out in pursuit of the Dutch total of 268 for 5, and then came back to finish it off by taking the last as the Danes were all out for 251, just 18 short of their target.

There were half-centuries from brothers Michael and Carsten Pedersen, and another from Jacob Larsen. Michael Pedersen top-scored with 70, made from 114 balls with six fours, while Carsten made 57 and Larsen 51. Adam Woutersen and Mattijs Luten collecting 3 for 51 and 3 for 40 respectively.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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