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11 July 201518:36

Jersey coasts to nine-wicket win

Half-centuries from openers helps team scale Hong Kong's target of 153 for 6 comfortably

Jersey coasts to nine-wicket win - Cricket News

Peter Gough remained unbeaten on 81 off 60 balls as Jersey chased down the 154-run target against Hong Kong with nine wickets in hand.

Jersey coasted to a comfortable nine-wicket win in its opening Group A ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier encounter against Hong Kong at Bready on Saturday (July 11).

Asked to bat, Hong Kong put up 153 for 6 in its 20 overs with contributions from the top and middle order. In reply, Jersey scaled the target in just 17.2 overs, with nine wickets in hand.

Jersey got off to a great start with Edward Farley and Peter Gough putting on 112 for the opening wicket. The pair scored half-centuries in the bargain, before Farley was dismissed by Irfan Ahmed for 57 off 35 balls.

Gough remained unbeaten on a 60-ball 81, helping Jersey cross the line with Jonty Jenner, who was unbeaten on 11 in an unbroken 42-run stand. Jersey picked up its first points and is currently second on the table, while Hong Kong is currently placed last.

Gough was ecstatic after the victory and credited the bowling and fielding for the result. "Unbelievable, I think a lot to do with the way we bowled and fielded on the wicket and keep Hong Kong down to 150. That was a great effort from the bowlers. Amazing feeling, the boys really deserve it," he said after the match.

Asked about his crucial knock, Gough said, "Yes, decent. Maybe we hadn't batted as well as we’d wanted to in the last couple of warm-up games. It was new, we know we had batted really well overseas and it was great to have a couple of really good partnerships."

Earlier, after a delayed start due to rain, Irfan and Anshuman Rath gave Hong Kong a steady start after being put in. Without attacking the bowling overtly, and with the occasional boundary, the duo shared a 35-run stand before Irfan was dismissed for a 19-ball 27.

Rath shared substantial stands of 47 and 36 with Nizakat Khan (25) and Mark Chapman (17) en route a 44-ball 43 before perishing in the 17th over.

None of the other Hong Kong batsmen were able to cross the 20-run mark, but with the top six chipping in, the team put up a reasonable score. The splendid show by the Jersey batsmen however, resulted in the team scaling it comfortably.

Among Jersey’s bowlers, Ben Stevens finished with two wickets, while Cornelis Bodenstein and Nat Watkins picked up a wicket apiece.

Jersey will next take on Papua New Guinea at the same venue on Sunday, while Hong Kong will face the same opposition on Monday. Reflecting on the challenge, Gough said, "We definitely believe that if we put in the same amount of effort in everything as we did today, we know we have a good chance to win tomorrow, just got to make sure that we come in with the same frame of mind as we did today. We know we have a chance."

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