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August 17, 2007
Jersey followed up their victory at the European Under-19 Division 2 Championship, with a win over France in the final of the Under-23 tournament in Guernsey on Thursday.
They were not troubled by France, winning by seven wickets. Put into bat, the French were bowled out for 80 with only one batsman, Ali Sarfraz, reaching double figures with 18. Jersey then needed just 16.2 overs to knock off the runs.
The tournament hosts, Guernsey, missed out on a place in the final to eventual runners-up France. In the group stages, both sides produced victories over Italy, but the deciding fixture between the two sides did not produce a result due to bad weather. France qualified for the final against Jersey on run-rate, leaving a disappointed Guernsey to play off for third place against Gibraltar.
Guernsey won the play-off at College Field by seven wickets, with 12 balls to spare as 15-year-old Tim Ravenscroft enjoyed a good all-round game, following up his three wickets with an undefeated 58.
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