|World Cricket League Division 5, Singapore, February 2012|
Guernsey win thriller against Cayman Islands
In the third/fourth play-off between Guernsey and Cayman Islands, Guernsey came out the victor thus giving the side a new global ranking of 31st and Cayman Islands 32nd.
Guernsey defeated Cayman Islands in a last over thriller that saw the Channel Island come out the victor by just one run despite a valiant effort by Cayman Islands’ Pearson Best.
Guernsey’s only real run-making skills came from stalwart Jeremy Frith today, after Cayamanian fast bowler Troy Taylor had worked his magic through the struggling batting line-up of the Division 6 qualifiers. Taylor combined with Ryan Bovell and Conroy Wright to dismiss the side for 186 runs, a total that should have been far less had the Caribbean side not given away some 49 extras.
In reply, under the afternoon sunshine at Singapore Cricket Club watched by a smattering of travelling and local support, Cayman Islands attempted to chase down the target but young David Hooper of Guernsey had other ideas despite Best’s attempt.
The 20-year-old medium pacer snaffled five wickets to make him the top wicket-taker of the event with 17 wickets at an average of 9.94 0 his best figures coming today when he took 5-47 including three top order batsmen. The task of dismissing Best, who ground out 79 runs in 97 balls fell to veteran bowler Gary Rich who tempted the all-rounder into hitting the ball into the safe hands of Tim Ravenscroft.
After Best’s departure Wright, Bovell and the bottom order tried its hardest to grind out the victory but Hooper had other plans – clean bowling Taylor with one ball to go and delivering another loss to Cayman Islands.