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Hosts Jersey beat Italy in thriller to top table on Day 1

Guernsey win two out of two; One victory each for Italy and Denmark

Hosts Jersey beat Italy in thriller to top table on Day 1 - Cricket News
Corey Bisson and Ben Stevens celebrate as Jersey won by four wickets in the final over.

The first day of Pepsi ICC Europe Division 1 saw plenty of action on day one with six matches taken place across the morning and afternoon fixtures. The afternoon results has seen Jersey secure a four wicket victory in a thriller against Italy, Guernsey down Norway by 23 runs, and Denmark record a convincing eight-wicket victory over France.


At Farmers, Jersey restricted Italy for 155 for four and then secured a four-wicket victory with one ball to spare, Guernsey managed to restrict Norway to 149 for six winning by 23 runs after posting a score of 172 for eight, and Denmark chased down 118 for two wickets against France at FB Fields.


In the clash of the hosts and the holders it did not disappoint as Jersey defeated Italy with one ball to spare. Peter Petricola (54, four fours) and captain Damian Crowley (54 not out, five fours), put the Italians into a good position with Perera adding 15 runs from four balls in a late flourish as they scored 155 for four in its 20 overs. Jersey’s run chase looked to be on course with Ed Farley (39) and 17-year-old Jonty Jenner (39) both making significant contributions before wickets started to fall. Going down to the last over it could have gone either way, but Ben Stevens (29 not out) and Corey Bisson (16 not out) secured victory for the hosts.


In its second match of the day against Norway, Guernsey was looking to capitalize on its earlier victory and did so with a 23 run win. Thomas Kimber was the stand out batter for Guernsey scoring 87 runs from 61 balls including 10 fours and two sixes. Ben Ferbrache contributed with 25 runs and Guernsey finished on 172 for 8 in 20 overs. Safir Hayat was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for 30 runs.


Denmark got its tournament back on track at FB Fields with an eight wicket win over France at FB Fields. There were a remarkable five run outs in the French innings, with Usman Khan (37) and Waseem Bhatti (26) the only significant run scorers for the French, as they made 117 for seven. The Danish opening partnership set the Danes on their way Zahmeer Khan (32) and Aftab Ahmed (54), before Hamid Shah (16 not out) and Mads Henriksen (10 not out) led Denmark to its first victory, winning by eight wickets.


In the morning’s matches Jersey’s Jonty Jenner set the tournament alight with a stunning 81 runs from 34 balls including three fours and seven sixes as the hosts beat Norway by 108 runs. Captain Peter Gough (63) and Ed Farley (51) had put on 103 for the first wicket, before Jenner and quick fire 20 from Cornelis Bodenstein took Jersey to 236 for five in 20 overs. It was an all-round performance by the Jersey team as they restricted Norway to 128 runs for nine, Ehtsham Ul-Haq making 51 runs, with Ben Stevens (2-20) being the pick of the bowlers ensuring victory for the hosts.


Guernsey shocked Denmark in the first match at Grainville as they won by 21 runs. Thomas Kimber was the stand out batter for Guernsey scoring 55 runs from 40 balls leading Guernsey to a total of 131 for seven wickets. Syed Bashir Shah took three wickets for 22 runs. In reply Denmark lost wickets with Mads Henriksen (35) and Freddie Klokker (22) providing the only real resistance, David Hooper led the Guernsey attack to the Danes taking two wickets for 16 runs, as Denmark finished on 110 all out in 19.1 overs.


After a good start by the French openers Thavalingam (41) and Waseem Bhatti (63), Italy’s Carl Sandri’s bowling was too much for the French batting line up as he took three wickets for 28 runs. France finished on 150 for eight wickets in 20 overs. Italy’s top order all contributed runs to the chase Marage (26), Petricola (20) and Crowley (25), before Sandri hit 51 runs from 36 balls and led Italy to victory by six wickets.

Points table as at Saturday, 9 May:

TEAM

Played

W

T

NR

L

PTS

NRR

 

Jersey

2

2

0

0

0

4

2.841

 

Guernsey

2

2

0

0

0

4

1.100

 

 

Denmark

2

1

0

0

1

2

0.744

 

Italy

2

1

0

0

1

2

0.089

 

France

2

0

0

0

2

0

-1.775

 

Norway

2

0

0

0

2

0

-3.275

 

 

Scores in brief

Morning matches:

At Farmers

Jersey 236 for five, 20 overs (J Jenner 81, P Gough 63; S Umran 1-33)

Norway 128 for nine, 20 overs (E Ul-Haq 51; N Watkins 2-11, B Stevens 2-20)

Jersey won by 108 runs

 

At Grainville

Guernsey 131 for seven, 20 overs (T Kimber 55, T Ravenscroft 19; S Shah 3-22)

Denmark 110 all out, 19.1 overs (M Henriksen 35, F Klokker 22; D Hooper 2-16)

Guernsey won by 21 runs

 

At FB Fields

France 150 for eight, 20 overs (W Bhatti 63, K Thavalingam 41; C Sandri 3-28)

Italy 151 for four, 20 overs (C Sandri 51 not out, D Marage 26; W Singh 1-21)

Italy won by 6 wickets

 

Afternoon matches:

At Farmers

Italy 155 for four, 20 overs (P Petricola 54, D Crowley 54 not out; N Watkins 2-25)

Jersey 159 for six, 19.5 overs (E Farley 39; J Jenner 39; D Marage 3-11)

Jersey won by 4 wickets

 

At Grainville

Guernsey 172 for eight, 20 overs (T Kimber 87, B Ferbrache 25; S Hayat 3-30)

Norway 149 for six, 20 overs (E Ul-Haq 54, M Shahbaz Butt 46 not out; J Martel 2-27)

Guernsey won by 23 runs

 

At FB Fields

France 117 for seven, 20 overs (U Khan 37, W Bhatti 26; M Henriksen 1-6)

Denmark 118 for two, 12.5 overs (A Ahmed 54; Z Khan 32, W Singh 1-19)

Denmark won by 8 wickets

 

Sunday is a rest/reserve day

Monday’s fixtures

Morning

At Farmers: Italy v Norway

At Grainville: Denmark v Jersey

At FB Fields: France v Guernsey

Afternoon

At Farmers: Italy v Guernsey

At Grainville: France v Jersey

At FB Fields: Norway v Denmark

All morning matches are scheduled to start at 1030 local time

All afternoon matches are scheduled to start at 1530 local time