14 May 201500:29

Hosts Jersey qualify for ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier

Jersey crowned winners on net-run-rate; Italy’s Carl Sandri named as Most Valuable Player

Hosts Jersey qualify for ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier - Cricket News
On the final day of play at Pepsi ICC Europe Division 1, Jersey was crowned winners on net-run-rate. It was still possible that one of four teams could run out eventual winner of the tournament and grab the qualification spot going into the start of the day with Italy, Jersey, Guernsey and Denmark all on equal points. Jersey defeated rivals Guernsey by four wickets, Denmark defeated Italy by 16 runs and Norway beat France by 15 runs, to ensure victory was the hosts.

At Farmers, Guernsey scored 121 for nine and Jersey chased down the winning runs in 14.3 overs to win by four wickets, at Grainville, Denmark beat Italy by 16 runs, as they scored 142 for six in 20 overs and Norway defeated France by 15 runs at FB Fields after posting 116 for nine.

Guernsey posted 121 for nine in 20 overs with Tim Ravenscroft (39, four fours and one six) supported by Ben Ferbrache (19), Tom Kimber (16) and Matt Stokes (15). Nathaniel Watkins was the pick of the Jersey bowlers taking four wickets for 18 runs. Jersey’s batters took the attack to the Guernsey bowlers, opener Peter Gough (23, five fours) and Cornelis Bodenstein (36, six fours and one six) getting their team ahead of the run rate. Anthony Hawkins-Kay (25) secured victory in 14.3 overs, securing victory for Jersey and winning the tournament.

Captain, Peter Gough was delighted with the win “The Italy game was crucial and gave us a huge win, the defeat to Denmark was disappointing, but to stay in the tournament coming in to the last day was great, it gave us a huge shout. We came in to the Guernsey match initially looking for victory, we bowled well and in the chase we did lose wickets, but the batters coming in were positive and backed themselves looking for boundaries and we managed to finish up a few overs early,” said Gough.

Looking ahead to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland in July 2015: “It’s an amazing feeling, we have been trying to qualify for the past couple of years, getting to the semi-final stages, but we have done it now and looking forward to playing against different opposition and representing Europe,” said Gough.

Denmark put an end to Italy’s hopes after securing a 16-run over at Grainville. Freddie Klokker (67, seven fours) once again fired for the Danes and was supported by Hamid Shah (25). Michael Pedersen (11 not out) and Kamran Mahmood (11 not out) took the Danes to 142 for six from 20 overs. The pick of the bowlers from Italy were Carl Sandri 2-24 and Dilan Arsakulasuriya 2-31.

Italy’s reply faulted as they were 21 for four after 4.3 overs, as Petricola, Northcote, Sandri and Perera were all dismissed cheaply. Captain Damian Crowley (43) and Gino Rasa (45) steadied the ship, but the Italians were too far behind the run rate and came up short, with Denmark winning by 16 runs. The stand out Danish bowlers were Raja Basit Javed 3 wickets for 19 runs and Syed Bashir Shah 3 wickets for 26 runs.

Italy’s Carl Sandri picked up the award for the Most Valuable Player, as leading wicket taker for the tournament he took 12 wickets and scored 133 runs.

In the day’s other match at FB Fields Norway completed a 15-run victory over France. Sufyan Saleem scored a quick fire 39 from 37 balls including five fours and Shahzad Umran contributed with 29 runs. The pick of the French bowlers was Rameez Eshan (2-8). France’s reply consisted of falling wickets Rameez Ehsan (23) and Waseem Bhatti (20), as Shahzad Umran taking four wickets for 11 runs. Norway bowled out the French for 101 runs and won by 15 runs.

Points table as at Wednesday, 13 May:
Jersey 5 4 0 0 1 8 1.556
Denmark 5 4 0 0 1 8 0.779
Italy 5 3 0 0 2 6 1.502
Guernsey 5 3 0 0 2 6 -0.040
Norway 5 1 0 0 4 2 -2.599
France 5 0 0 0 5 0 -1.090

Scores in brief

At Farmers
Guernsey 121 for nine, 20 overs (Ravenscroft 39, Ferbrache 19; Watkins 4-18)
Jersey 125 for six, 14.3 overs (Bodenstein 36, Hawkins-Kay 25; Ellis 3-20)
Jersey won by four wickets

At Grainville
Denmark 142 for six, 20 overs (F Klokker 67, H Shah 25; C Sandri 2-24)
Italy 126 for nine, 20 overs (Gino Rasa 45, D Crowley 43; B Javed 3-19)
Denmark won by 16 runs

At FB Fields
Norway 116 for nine, 20 overs (A Sufyan Saleem 39, S Umran 29; R Ehsan 2-8)
France 101 all out, 18.4 overs (R Ehsan 23, W Bhatti 20; S Umran 4-11)
Norway won by 15 runs

Notes to Editors:
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