Jersey 154-1 (Gough 81, Farley 57) beat Hong Kong 153-6 (Rath 43, Stevens 2-22) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Responding to enthusiastic chants of "Come on you Jersey Boys" from their traveling supporters, Jersey turned in the first major upset of the tournament on their ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier debut, trouncing Hong Kong by nine wickets at Bready. A 112-run stand by openers Edward Farley and captain Peter Gough was the result of an audacious assault and a cinch victory was achieved with 16 balls to spare.
The left and right-hand duo of Gough and Farley put on a scintillating display just as entertaining as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons though Hong Kong may want a refund after their own subdued performance. Gough set the tone in the fourth over, ramping fast bowler Haseeb Amjad over fine leg and clattering him over midwicket a few balls later.
Farley joined the party in the sixth over, hitting Aizaz Khan for a four through the leg side before a flick sailed over cow corner for six, ending the Powerplay at 46 for 0. The rout was in full swing in the ninth over when Aizaz was punished for three more boundaries - one by Gough through fine leg and two more by Farley - over mid-on and a vicious pull through square leg - to take the score to 75 for 0.
Hong Kong looked shell-shocked and their fielding turned ragged in the 10th with two boundaries coming from the result of misfields. Farley was dropped at point off a no-ball from Nadeem Ahmed in a 16-run over that took the score to 91. Jersey's bench erupted in the 11th when Farley hit his third sixth over long-off to bring up the team 100, then followed with another six into the sight screen off his next ball to bring up his half-century off 31 balls.
Farley fell to a super catch at deep midwicket from Kinchit Shah off Irfan Ahmed for 57 but that was the only positive in the field for Hong Kong. Jonty Jenner and Gough coasted the rest of the way with Gough unbeaten on 81 to be named Man of the Match.
The win was set up by an exceptional effort in the field from Jersey, who won the toss and sent Hong Kong in on a cold damp morning following a 20-minute delayed start due to early rain. Irfan Ahmed's streaky innings included a four over the keeper and another slashed over short third man before he powered a six over mid-on. When he tried repeating the shot off left-arm seamer Cornelius Bodenstein, he skied a chance to mid-off where Anthony Kay backpedaled for the catch to remove Irfan for 27 as Hong Kong ended the Powerplay at 38 for 1.
The stand that followed between Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath lasted 41 balls for 47 runs, though it only included two boundaries from Nizakat as a slow dewy outfield combined with tidy fielding from Jersey shackled Hong Kong's power hitting. Nizakat's patience wore out when he was cramped for room attempting to cut and chopped on to his stumps for 25.
Mark Chapman pulled a crisp boundary behind square off his second ball and his arrival spurred Rath out of his shell. The opener was on 23 off 33 balls, having gone the first 13 overs without a boundary but started the 14th with an elegant six over mid-on before a cut behind point gave him another four later in the over off Bodenstein.
Chapman hammered another four through midwicket off Charles Perchard two balls into the 15th over before edging past the keeper for another. He managed to run himself out for 17 on the fifth ball of the over after brief hesitation coming back for a run to midwicket. Jonty Jenner charged in from the boundary and his throw to the keeper beat Chapman's desperate dive to make it 118 for 3.
Rath eventually perished in the 17th, middling a sweep off the left-arm spin of Ben Stevens to deep backward square leg when Ben Kynman tumbled forward for a low catch. Hong Kong could only manage 22 off the last three overs and just one boundary as Jersey continued to keep things relatively tight. Babar Hayat was stumped dancing down the track for 10 before captain Tanwir Afzal was run-out on the final ball trying to steal a bye.
Hong Kong's batting was clearly affected by the absence of Jamie Atkinson, who sat out after not being passed fully fit following surgery to repair a sliced foot tendon.