It was a tense finish at Farmer’s Field, where table toppers Ireland and Scotland faced off for the final match in the first round robin. Jersey pulled off a convincing win against Denmark.
Ireland v Scotland
Choosing to bat, Scotland openers Syed Shah (92) and Callum Garden (81) got off to a flying start, posting 170 before the fall of the first wicket in the 36th over. The Scottish batters failed to capitalize on their solid start as Rory Johnston (26*) was the only batter to reach double figures. Scotland ended their 50 overs on 231 for 6. Graham Kennedy (3/31) did the damage for the Irish, taking the wickets of the set batter Shah and the dangerous Finlay McCreath (0).
The Irish got off to a troubled start as they lost their first four wickets with just 68 on the board. The middle order formed the backbone of the Irish innings as Graham Kennedy (43), Neil Rock (53) and Josh Little (37) all chipped in with valuable contributions under immense pressure. Late wickets looked to swing back momentum towards the Scots, but the Irish tail-enders got them over the line in the final over, with just two balls spare. Ireland won by two wickets.
Denmark v Jersey
Having won the toss for the third time in a row, Jersey captain Harrison Carlyon made the most of the conditions that tormented them in their previous match at Grainville. Bowling first Jersey put on early pressure and took wickets at regular intervals. The Danes struggled to adjust and found themselves at a precarious 33 for 5. A miniature recovery was attempted, but the Jersey fielders maintained the pressure by taking their chances. Carlyon (3/10) led from the front and was supported by the rest of his attack as all Jersey bowlers took wickets. Denmark were bowled out for 59.
Despite an early wobble, a jersey win never looked in doubt. Player of the Match Harrison Carlyon (32*) batted through to the end to secure victory with 8 wickets in hand and 33.5 overs left.
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