|European Under 19 (World Cup Qualifier) Championship: Belfast, July 2010|
Three out of three for Jersey
Jersey maintained their 100 per cent record in the tournament as they totally outplayed Guernsey at Seapark Oval, Holywood. The emphatic winning margin of 153 runs reflected Jersey's superiority in a match in which they dominated with both bat and ball.
Winning the toss, Jersey chose to bat and they got the best possible start as openers Daniel McAviney and William Falle put on 60 runs before the latter was bowled by Dane Mullen for 31. Although Aidan McGuire went cheaply, McAviney was joined by Ben Stevens in a partnership of 56 in quick time.
When Stevens was bowled by Ben Fitchet for 25 with the score on 144, McAviney then took control of the remainder of the Jersey innings, making almost all of the remaining 85 runs as he went to a superb century. Indeed, the last seven batsmen made only 16 runs between them as Jersey's innings came to a close in the 50th over with their score at 229.
McAviney was ninth out for 114, which included just six boundaries. Most successful of the Guernsey bowlers was Joshua Kirk, who claimed three late wickets at a cost of 28 runs.
Guernsey began solidly, adding 26 for the first wicket before Adam Martel fell to a catch off McGuire. However, from there on it was a steady procession as James Faudemer and McGuire cut their way through the Guernsey batting lineup, each claiming four wickets. Only Damerell and Le Corre managed to reach double figures as the last five wickets fell for only ten runs and the Guernsey innings subsided to a final total of 76 in the 31st over.
Tomorrow sees Guernsey take on Scotland, who have won three out of three to date. Victory over Ireland at Bangor will ensure a top two finish for Jersey and a guaranteed place in next year's ICC Under 19 World Cup Global Qualifier.