Papua New Guinea 145 for 9 (Vala 29, Siaka 26, Kay 3-24, Stevens 3-24) beat Jersey 121 (Jenner 44, Vanua 3-19) by 24 runs

An all-round display from Papua New Guinea gave them a winning start to their campaign as they beat Jersey by 24 runs.

Five of the top six PNG batsmen made twenties after Jersey chose to bowl to take their side to 145 for 9. Tony Ura and Lega Siaka began with an opening stand of 44 inside five overs. Assad Vala, who top-scored for PNG with 29, and Kila Pala followed with a third-wicket partnership of 37.

PNG were in a strong position of 93 for 2 in the 12th over before managing 7 for 52 off the last 53 balls. Anthony Kay and Ben Stevens picked up three wickets each for Jersey.

Jersey managed to build themselves a decent base at 61 for 2 in ten overs but as the asking-rate climbed, they crumbled in the last quarter of the chase to be dismissed for 121. Apart from No. 3 Jonty Jenner, who made 44 off 29, no Jersey batsmen made more than 15. Norman Vanua took 3 for 19 for PNG while Willie Gavera and Chad Soper snapped up two wickets apiece.