Jersey edge low-scoring match
Jersey 111 for 7 (Morrison 59*, Akolade 3-22) beat Nigeria 110 (Faudemer 4-25) by three wickets
Jersey stumbled to a three-wicket victory over Nigeria at the Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur in a replay of the round three game that the sides had been forced to abandon on Tuesday due to adverse weather conditions.
The toss for the game took place on schedule, with Jersey choosing to field, but as soon as captain Peter Gough had made his decision the weather took a turn for the worse and the rain clouds blew in, leading to a delayed start and the match being reduced to 40 overs.
Nigeria's batting has struggled throughout this tournament, and they had another off day as 20-year-old left-arm spinner James Faudemer picked up 4 for 25, including the wickets of key top order batsmen Varun Behani, Oluwaseun Odeku and player-coach Sean Philips. Behani was Nigeria's top scorer with 25 as they were bowled out for 110 in 32 overs.
Nigeria fought back early with the ball, as after a quick turnaround they claimed three wickets before lunch. Jersey captain Gough was promoted to opening the batting alongside Ed Farley, the latter departing for a duck after facing just three balls. Gough managed just six runs before he was dismissed by Joshua Ogunlola, the medium-pacer finding the edge of his bat.
Saheed Akolade then dismissed Ben Stevens, clean bowling the 19-year-old and four overs later Akolade sent Ben Silva packing after the 33-year-old was caught by some nifty fielding from Ramit Gill. Jersey slipped to 88 for 7 but they were seen home by Dean Morrison's unbeaten 59.
"I normally open the batting but today Peter Gough opened instead as I came in at No. 6 today," said Morrison. "We lost early wickets, including two before the break which wasn't great and it was up to me and Corey Bisson to steady the ship and we put on a 52 run partnership before he departed. It was then about batting through to make sure we reached the target, even if it was with only an over or so to spare.
"Like I said, I normally open, but back when I played in Australia I used to come in down the order so when I came in today at six I knew what I had to do which was that to help the tail bat through. We had to keep trying for the win and I kept saying to the guys that came in to join me it was all about keeping going and getting victory.
"It's definitely taken the heat off us to have another win, although we can't be complacent we have to win tomorrow to keep ourselves in with a chance in this tournament."