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Nigeria and Jersey register big wins

Tanzania cruises to maiden win against Guernsey at the ICC World Cricket League Division 5

Nigeria and Jersey register big wins  - Cricket News
Nathaniel Watkins of Jersey takes a run.
Nigeria and Jersey registered wins over Cayman Islands and Malaysia respectively, while Tanzania secured its maiden win against Guernsey on the third day of the ICC World Cricket League Division 5, being played in Kuala Lumpur, on Sunday (March 9).  
 
At Kinrara Academy Oval, Cayman Islands managed to score 204 after being asked to bat. Nigeria's batsmen, however, made an easy job of chasing down the target owing to a brilliant century-run opening stand to get past the finishing line in 40.4 overs for the loss of just three wickets.
 
Saheed Akolade continued his good run in the tournament and made early inroads to dismiss both openers as Cayman Islands was reduced to 9 for 2 by the third over. Ramon Sealy, together with Ricardo Roach, shared a 66-run stand to bring stability to the innings, and Sealy brought up his first half-century of the tournament before being bowled by Olajide Bejide for 58. 
 
Ronald Ebanks, the captain, and Kervin Ebanks put on 49 runs in 13.3 overs before the skipper fell for a 37-ball 28. Troy Taylor then scored a 25-ball 33 to take Cayman Islands' total past the 200-run mark before being run out. Akolade picked up his second three-wicket haul in the tournament (3 for 42), while Joshua Ogunlola finished with two wickets.
 
Nigeria's openers, Endurance Ofem and Segun Olayinka, got the team off to a great start with a 180-run stand in 34.2 overs, leaving very little for the rest of the batsmen to do. Wickets went down after that – Ofem for a 97-ball 90, Olayinka (84 in 115) and Ricky Sharma – but the target was never too much for Nigeria.
 
Ofem's innings, which included 13 fours and one six, placed him fifth in the list of top run-scorers in the tournament with 128 runs, behind Olayinka, who has 134.
 
At Bayuemas Oval, Tanzania managed to score only 163 after being asked to bat, but super spells from Benson Nyaikini and Hamisi Abdallah helped restrict Guernsey’s reply to 115 in 41.1 overs, giving Tanzania a 48-run victory.
 
None of Tanzania's batsmen managed to pass the 30-run mark even though there were a number of good contributions and even some partnerships. Losing wickets at fairly regular intervals did not help the cause either. A disciplined bowling effort from Guernsey's bowlers, particularly William Peatfield and Jamie Nussbaumer, who picked up three wickets apiece, helped restrict Tanzania to a small total. 
 
After that, Nyaikini struck early and picked up two wickets in two overs to peg Guernsey on the back foot at 15 for 2 by the fourth over. Adding to Guernsey's woes, Nussbaumer, who was having a great game until then, was given out obstructing the field for 4. 
 
Matthew Stokes added 28 for the fourth wicket and 24 for the sixth with Isaac Damarell (29) and Tom Kimber (8) respectively, before wickets fell in a heap as Abdallah picked up three wickets to reduce Guernsey to 86 for 8. The highest partnership of the innings came late when Ben Ferbrache and Luke Le Tissier put on 29 runs for the ninth wicket but Guernsey still slipped to its third consecutive loss.
 
At Royal Selangor Club, Jersey pulled off a commanding eight-wicket win over Malaysia with Peter Gough, the captain, leading from the front.
 
Malaysia was on the mat at 38 for 5 after having opted to bat. But Suharril Fetri then partnered Anwar Arudin and Khizar Hayat to share partnerships of 30 and 61 runs for the sixth and seventh wickets respectively. And after Fetri was bowled for 33 off 79 balls by Anthony Hawkins-Kay, his fourth wicket for the day, the lower order managed to pull on and eventually ended up with a modest 202 for 9 in its 50 overs. 
 
Hayat went on to top score with a 61-ball 42, while Hiran Ralalage remained unbeaten on 33 off 39, an innings that included three fours and one six. Hawkins-Kay returned figures of 4 for 24, thereby reaching the top of the table for the highest wicket-takers with eight wickets at an average of 11.50. 
 
Jersey cruised in its pursuit of the small target with Gough remaining unbeaten on 75 as he, along with Ben Stevens (83 off 79), added 123 runs for the second wicket and followed it up with an unbeaten 43-run stand with Jonty Jenner, finishing at 203 for 2 in 43 overs. With the win, Jersey registered its third successive win in the tournament.
 
The half-centuries by Stevens and Gough helped them reach second and third places in the list of top run-scorers in the tournament with 185 and 141 runs respectively after three games.

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