ICC World Cricket League Division Five March 13, 2014

Jersey win WCL Division Five

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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.

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  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    CricketingStargazer - the passports of Channel Islanders are slightly different to those of people from the UK, although any Jersey or Guernsey resident (or those of the other islands within the Bailiwick of Guernsey which you mentioned) will be granted a full UK passport if one is desired, in exactly the same way as any resident of Gibraltar, the Falklands, or other British Overseas Territories. I repeat: technically, Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man are not part of the UK (and are proud of the fact), but are Crown Dependencies. I understand that this may seem an odd situation, but that's the legality of it. As such, they have their own legislation, their own government, their own judiciary - and their own sports teams.

  • Mark on March 14, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    NB: James, Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark citizens, like those of the Isle of Man, have UK passports and are full UK Nationals with full UK passports (unlike Gibraltar, who have the second level of passport). Yes, their status is rather singular within the UK, but any Jersey cricketer would, of birth, be qualified to play for England.

    I just find the situation of two British teams in a six-team league a curious anomaly. Incidentally, if Wales has its own team, why not Northern Ireland? N.I. citizens are in the curious situation that they can choose to complete for the United Kingdom, or for Ireland (various Irish medals at the 2012 Olympics were obtained by athletes from the North who are British citizens).

    The whole point is that qualification for UK teams is not quite the simple, straightforward issue that non-British citizens seem to think, especially in a slightly artificial construct such as the WCL. And for WCL teams, even less.

  • Mark on March 14, 2014, 7:41 GMT


    It does! It is England! The ECB is the "England and Wales Cricket Board". I.e. it incorporates both countries.

    There is a Wales Minor County team that played domestic competition and also played in the Minor Counties Championship. Wales (Minor County) played in the 1979 ICC Trophy, replacing Gibraltar,. who were a late withdraw but, as all Wales players are eligible for England. Wales's games and points did not count (they were joint-top of their group with 10 points). You also should know that England have started to play Wales in a ODI friendly alternate years (Wales being Glamorgan + a few Welsh players from other counties).

    The situation with UK sides is actually a lot more complex than most people believe and Scotland is very much a recent artificial construct of the ICC (as is, to a degree, Ireland). They did in recent decades play each other once a year as a 1st Class match, but TCCB rules allowed them to field non-nationals, as ECB rules still do.

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    I agree with James,why does Wales do not have their own team?? Bens Stevens has been a phenomenon in this tournament

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    CricketingStargazer - the Isle of Man has a team which is less successful than Jersey or Guernsey and competes in the European leagues. These three islands have the status of Crown Dependencies and are thus not part of the UK, but have a similar degree of autonomy to the likes of Bermuda and Gibraltar. The Isle of Wight has never been a Crown Dependency, but has only ever been an English county or part of an English county. As such, it has no "national" cricket team (neither do Anglesey or the Orkneys or Shetlands), though it does compete in events such as the Island Games for subnational island regions. So there's no danger of any of the other islands having "national" sides.

    The real question that should be raised, though, is why hasn't Wales got its own representative team?

  • ESPN on March 13, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    As someone who played against him last year I can say he is priceless for Jersey

  • Mark on March 13, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    I felt sorry for Tanzania, who played the two promoted sides (who were way above the level of everyone else) in the first two games, were effectively eliminated from any realistic chance of promotion almost before the tournament had started and then won their next four games more or less for nothing.

    I suppose that I am also a little puzzled about the status of the island sides from the British Isles. Jersey has a team and plays in WCL Div 5, but the Isle of Wight is counted as Hampshire and so does not play as an independent entity (?) What about the Isle of Man who send a team to the Commonwealth Games? Are they excluded because in cricketing terms they count as Lancastrians? There are over 100 inhabited islands in the British Isles... this could get complicated if each demands its own team!

  • Vinay on March 13, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Ben Stevens was fantastic with the bat as well as with ball taking jersey to division 4 by winning 5 out of 5 games.

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