Jersey win WCL Division Five
Nat Watkins' knock of 116 helped Jersey win the ICC World Cricket League Division Five final against Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur by 71 runs. With Watkins' hundred and an 84 from Ben Stevens, Jersey set Malaysia a target of 248 in 50 overs. Malaysia were all out for 176 despite a fifty from opener Shafiq Sharif (62) as Stevens took three wickets. Both the teams will now get promoted to Division Four.
Stevens also finished as the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 403 runs from six innings at an average of 67.16 and was named the Player of the Series. Malaysia's offspinner Khizar Hayat, who took a five-for in the final, was the leading wicket-taker with 15 wickets from six matches at 11.46, and an economy rate of 3.24.
During the league stage too Jersey were the most successful team, winning all their five matches. Runners-up Malaysia lost only one of their five, and were two points ahead of Tanzania, who finished third in the tournament after winning the third-place playoff against Nigeria by three wickets. Tanzania had won three of their five league games while Nigeria had won one lesser.
Guernsey had finished last in the league stage by losing all their matches but managed to register a win when they beat Cayman Islands by seven wickets to finish fifth. Regardless of the result of the fifth-place playoff, the bottom two teams, Guernsey and Cayman Islands, will be relegated to Division Six.