ICC European T20 Div 1 Netherlands 2018

Guernsey v Israel

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Excelsior'20

Excelsior ground

‘Stokes has Israelis in a spin as Greens win again’ by Gareth Le Prevost              GEP

TWO wins from two games have put Guernsey firmly in pole position to progress from the ICC World T20 Europe Qualifier. Yesterday morning in the Netherlands, the Sarnian bowling attack and fielding unit once again proved too strong for their opponents, with Israel managing to post only nine more runs than the 70 Gibraltar had put on the board 24 hours earlier.

Anthony Stokes appeals for lbw

Ant Stokes appeals for LBW

Anthony Stokes celebrates his wicket

Ant Stokes celebrating a wicket

David Hooper bowls a bouncer to G Schachat

Dave Hooper bowls a bouncer

Although the run chase was not quite as comprehensive as the opening day victory, the men in green cruised home with seven wickets and nearly five overs to spare at Schiedam. The group table suggests that much sterner obstacles will hove into view tomorrow when Guernsey face Sweden and Norway in a Scandinavia double-header, but the Sarnians are full of confidence after their back-to-back wins so far. For the second day running captain Josh Butler won the toss and inserted the opposition, with the move paying rich dividends in the six-over powerplay as his side picked up three top-order wickets. Following a tight first over of off-spin from Tom Nightingale, the seamers were quickly introduced into the attack and Will Peatfield struck with his third delivery, having veteran opener Roshan Guruge caught behind by Zak Damarell. Butler’s decision to replace Matt Stokes with the left-arm -spin of his younger brother Ant for the last over of the powerplay paid off handsomely, too, as he removed Josh Evans and Shailesh Bangera in successive deliveries to leave the Israelis 24 for 3.

Anthony Stokes celebrates his third wicket

Ant Stokes celebrates his third wicket

Will Peatfield

Will Peatfield in full flight

The fourth-wicket pairing of captain Eshkol Solomon and Gabriel Schachat rebuilt as best they could and prevented further losses for the best part of 10 overs, but spinners Stokes and Luke Le Tissier, along with David Hooper, kept the run-rate down, with the partnership realising just 40 in that time. Man-of-the-match Stokes then removed Schachat with the penultimate delivery of his spell before Peatfield returned to pick up a couple more wickets and in the final over, bowled by Hooper, Raphael Schachat was run out while Tomer Kahamker was stumped by Damarell the next ball. A victory target of 80 did not seem to present many problems on the face of it, but all-rounder Guruge struck twice in his first over – removing the only two Sarnians to have batted the previous day in openers Butler and Lucas Barker – to reduce Guernsey to 5 for 2. Matt Stokes and Luke Le Tissier ensured they were quickly back on track, though, with a third-wicket stand of 58 to take their side to the brink of victory. Stokes fell for 31 late on, leaving Ben Ferbrache to join top-scorer Le Tissier, who finished on 33 not out including five boundaries, and take their side over the winning line.

Big shot from Luke Le Tissier

A big shot from Luke Le Tissier

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Matt Stokes

Luke Le Tissier

Luke Le Tissier in bowling mode