Mouth-watering bowling from Ben Stevens helped Jersey to start very crucial tourney on high note, beating Vanuatu by 7 wickets. Two of promoted sides from Division Five take on each others on their first encounter of the tournament where Jersey left Vanuatu far behind in every single departments.
Jersey’s captain Perchard called the coin’s side right and asked opposition to bat first. Jersey’s bowlers claimed all Vanuatu’s wickets within 36 overs and restricted them in very tiny total of 104 runs. Stevens was on tune today with 4 wickets, expensing just 12 runs in his bowling spell of 7 overs. Skipper Perchard, Miles and Bodenstein also chipped in with 2 wickets each. Leaving Deitz (36), Matautaava (20) and Rasu (16), no any other Vanuatu’s batsmen could touch the double digit.
Chasing the target of 105 runs, Jersey finished up their task with 113 balls to spare. Opener, Watkins hold one end till the end and helped his side to cross the rope comfortably. He scored 36 runs from 84 balls with 3 fours. Ferraby, who came out to bat at no 5, stayed there with Watkins till the end and added 28 runs in his name.
Moving forward, huge margined victory in the very first match will help Jersey as positive net runrate will come handy in such tight tournament like this. Jersey will face Denmark tomorrow whereas Vanuatu will battle it out against host Malaysia.