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18 July 201518:14

Bowlers inspire Jersey to comfortable win

Nepal ends league phase with three points from six matches, is out of qualification race for World T20 2016

Bowlers inspire Jersey to comfortable win - Cricket News

Jersey's bowlers came up with an inspired effort to beat Nepal by eight wickets and keep its qualification hopes alive.

An inspired bowling effort helped Jersey beat Nepal by seven wickets in a Group A fixture of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Malahide on Saturday (July 18), to stay in contention for a berth at the ICC World Twenty20 2016.

Put in to bat, Nepal mustered 105 for 8 in its 20 overs, which was comfortably overhauled by Jersey courtesy solid knocks by Peter Gough, the captain and opener, who made 27 off 32, and Jerry Jenner, the No.3 batsman, who hit 30 off 26.

The two had got together in the second over, and shared a 55-run stand off 52 balls to set Jersey on course. Although both batsmen fell in the space of three deliveries, Cornelis Bodenstein’s unbeaten 22-ball 27 propelled Jersey over the line. Ben Stevens (13 not out off 15), gave Bodenstein good company in an unbroken 44-run stand as the side eased to victory in 16.1 overs.

Earlier, Nat Watkins justified Gough's decision to field first by dismissing Nepal's openers, Pradeep Airee (2) and Binod Bhandari (3) to leave it reeling at 7 for 2 in the fourth over. Gyanendra Malla attempted a brief recovery with a 33-ball 26, but the lack of partnerships meant the Nepal innings lacked momentum. Malla's dismissal left Nepal at 61 for 5.

That it got past the 100-run mark was courtesy Siddhant Lohani's late burst, a 16-ball 27, while Sharad Vesawkar's 16 also played a part in shoring up the total somewhat.

Watkins ended up with 3 for 20 in four overs, while Anthony Kay, who shared the new ball with Watkins, took 2 for 18, also bowling his full quota of four overs.

Jersey now has four points, with one match left. It will need to beat Ireland on Sunday to finish in the top half of the table. Nepal, who was playing its last league match, ended with three points courtesy one win and a washout. Nepal had qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 2014, but this result ended all chances of a second successive showing at the event.

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