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Ansari leads Oman to victory against Jersey

Zeeshan Maqsood’s 69 lays foundation before pacer’s five-for dismisses Jersey for 147

Ansari leads Oman to victory against Jersey - Cricket News
Munis Ansari finished with career-best figures of 5 for 27 to guide Oman to a comfortable win over Jersey.
Oman’s successful run in the ICC World Cricket League Division Five continued, as it notched a 58-run win over Jersey in a low-scoring tie at the Grainville ground in St Saviour on Monday (May 24). 
 
Asked to bat, Oman was made to work for its runs against a stringent Jersey attack, but a patient 69 from Zeeshan Maqsood ensured it reached 205 for 9 from 50 overs.
 
The star of the day, however, was Munis Ansari, the paceman, who finished with five wickets, conceding a mere 27 runs in 10 overs to bowl Jersey out for 147 in 41.4 overs. 
 
Having defeated Nigeria by 181 runs in their previous encounter, Oman entered the contest high on confidence, but it was put the test as Jersey’s bowlers picked up wickets in regular intervals.
 


The only time Jersey’s bowlers were kept at bay was when Maqsood and Jatinder Singh came up with a 78-run stand for the third wicket to carry Oman from 48 for 2 to 126. Oman’s lower order put on a fight with four of the last six reaching double-digit scores to carry the team past the 200-run mark. 
 
Anthony Hawkins-Kay, Nat Watkins and Ben Stevens picked up two wickets apiece.


 Jersey’s response started on a shaky note and it continued to take one hit after the other with Ansari and Aamir Kaleem at helm. While Ansari hit them with speed, Kaleem out did them with his wily left-arm spin as the duo picked up four of the first five wickets. Returning for his second spell of five overs, Ansari got rid of Luke Gallichan (30) and followed up by dismissing Charles Perchard off the very next ball. Four of Ansari’s scalps were victims of yorkers which dismantled the stumps. 
 
The 32-year-old missed out on a hat-trick, but he accounted for Ben Kynman a few overs later to finish with his career-best figures of 5 for 27.
 
Hawkins-Kay was the top-scorer for Jersey with 45 from 61 deliveries. 
 
Oman next plays Vanuatu at St Martin on Tuesday.

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