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Malaysia, Jersey cruise to big wins

Cayman Islands gets the better of Guernsey on opening day of the ICC World Cricket League Division Five
Cayman Islands, Jersey and Malaysia registered convincing wins on the first day of the ICC World Cricket League Division Five, being played at Kulala Lumpur, on Thursday (March 6).
At the Royal Selangor Club, Kervin Ebanks’ five-wicket haul helped Cayman Islands bowl Guernsey out for 107 and register a 33-run win. Guernsey was 2 for 2 when Lucas Barker (37) joined Lee Savident (33) for a 75-run stand to resurrect the innings. However, Guernsey suffered a dramatic collapse when Ebanks removed both batsmen in the same over, triggering a slide of eight wickets for 30 runs. Ebanks returned figures of 5 for 19 off eight overs.   
Earlier, Cayman Islands, after being put in, got off to a slow but steady start and was 74 for 1 at the halfway stage, before losing its way and slipping to 101 for 8.
Alessandro Morris, who remained unbeaten on 17, added important runs for the final two wickets to boost the total to 140 for 9, putting on 20 for the ninth wicket with Ebanks (22) before adding another 19 with Nicholas Sellars.
Max Ellis was the best bowler for Guernsey, his 10 overs yielding 4 for 12. William Peatfield took 3 for 22.  
At the Bayuemas Oval, Ben Stevens’ all-round effort helped Jersey register a 60-run win against Nigeria. Stevens scored 49 off 57 balls as Jersey posted 235 for 8 after being asked to bat. Later, he took 3 for 16 off 10 overs to help bowl Nigeria out for 175 in 46 overs.
Stevens joined Peter Gough, the captain, with the score on 52 for 1 after 10.4 overs. He added 76 with his captain in 17 overs, before being caught off Kunle Adegbola. Gough was eventually dismissed for a 97-ball 66, after which Andy Dewhurst (29) and Jonty Jenner (24 not out) scored useful runs towards the end to boost Jersey’s total.
Joshua Ogunlola was the pick of Nigeria’s bowlers, returning figures of 3 for 46.
Nigeria never looked like getting to the target. A 48-run stand between Segun Olayinka (29) and Emmanuel Okwudili (19), which took the team to 66 for 1 in 19.2 overs, was the highest partnership of the innings. Thereafter, Jersey’s bowlers struck frequently to deny Nigeria any chance of getting back into the match. Dotun Olatunji top-scored with a 41-ball 37.
Corneils Bodenstein, Nathaniel Watkins and Peter Gough supported Stevens well, chipping in with two wickets each.
At the Kinrara Academy Oval, Malaysia’s batsmen came good to help the team to a massive 318 for 5 after electing to bat first against Tanzania. In reply, Tanzania was bowled out for 196 in 49 overs.
Nasir Shafiq (68) and Ahmed Faiz (78), the captain, provided a solid platform for the team. Suhan Alagaratnam , who hit five boundaries and four sixes en route to a 57-ball 70 and Shafiq Sharif, the wicketkeeper, who scored a 38-ball 73 that included eight boundaries and four sixes, then helped Malaysia post an imposing total.
Tanzania was in trouble early during its chase. A 98-run stand between Kassim Nassoro (49) and Khalil Rehmtullah (51) helped the team recover from a precarious 79 for 6, before it lost the final four wickets for 19 runs.
Hassan Mohammed’s nine overs fetched him 4 for 36. Khizar Hayat took 3 for 23 off his 10 overs, while Pavandeep Singh took 2 for 45. 

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