Jersey make winning start in a thriller match against Kent 2nd’s in UK

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    Jersey National Squad in action against Kent 2nd XI at Beckenham CCC - Image by AndysShots @AndyClay4 (Twitter)

    Jersey National squad got back to playing ways after a period of training and preparatory camps, as they won a thrilling contest against English County, Kent’s 2nd XI at Beckenham CCC in a 50-overs match.

    Jersey are playing the team twice before playing two more matches against Hampshire 2nd’s before squaring off against Singapore en-route to Malaysia to play ICC WCL Division 4. Ben Stevens and Nick Ferraby starred with the ball and bat respectively for Jersey while few other players also put up notable contributions as Jersey chased down Kent 2nd’s target of 204 in the 49th over. Both sides lost 8 wickets in their innings so very much the day belonged to the bowlers with few batsmen making the majority of the team runs.

    Kent’s total of 203/8 was thanks largely to Alex Blake’s knock of 69 runs from 89 deliveries as Ben Stevens claimed 4/37 including Blake’s wicket to derail the Kent 2nd’s innings in the middle overs. Corne Bodenstein started the innings on a brilliant note for Jersey as he got both Jamie Cox and Ollie Robinson within the first 7 overs into Kent’s innings. Anthony Hawkins-Kay didn’t get into the wickets column but provided good support to Bodenstein with a spell of 7 overs for only 18 runs.

    Nathaniel Watkins had a good outing for Jersey as he picked up 1/45 in his 9 overs and then opened the innings for Jersey, giving them a good start making 46 off 61 deliveries. However, Kent’s first XI squad members Adam Riley (3/33 off 10) and Imran Qayyum (2/29 off 10) bowled brilliantly in tandem in the middle overs to pick up wickets at regular intervals and keep them in the hunt.

    Ferraby (58 off 76) got the perfect partnership with Harrison Carlyon (35 off 53) as the duo put up crucial 82 runs for the 5th wicket to bring Jersey within 40 runs to their target and although Kent 2nd’s came back into the match with few more wickets, Ferraby remained unbeaten to guide Jersey to their win.

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