ICC World T20 European Finals Guernsey 2019

Guernsey v Jersey

at King George V, Castel
on Sat 15th June 2019
Toss won by Guernsey who elected to bat
Umpires: Adriaan van den Dries, Allan Haggo, 3rd umpire Alex Wharf
Match Referee: Wayne Noon
Jersey won by 8 wkts
Player Of The Match: Josh Butler

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‘Butler’s fine half century’                  by Rob Batiste       GEP

JOSH BUTLER’s fine 65 ultimately counted for little as Jersey gave the hosts a T20 lesson under grey skies at the KGV on Saturday morning. Restricted to 108, the Greens’ bowlers were then despatched to all parts as this fine Jersey side bulldozed their way to an eight-wicket win with 5.4 overs to spare. It was a thrashing all right.

After a delayed start and with grey clouds still hovering, the Greens chose to bat but found laying bat on ball an issue in Will Robertson’s impressive opening over from the Whitewoods end. Potential Guernsey success in this tournament hinges on the fortunes of the relatively new and belatedly established opening partnership of Ash Wright – all brawn and bludgeon – and the more subtle approach of the stylish Matt Stokes. But neither are in great form and the game was not two overs old when Wright collected his latest failure, holing out to mid-on as he miscued his launch at an Anthony Kay-Hawkins delivery. Enter the skipper, Butler, recovered from a badly-bruised thumb that kept him out of the island’s two final warm-ups. Butler, also, has not been in prime form, but here he quickly got off the mark with a short- armed pull to the mid-wicket boundary. Jersey, as has become their trademark, were electric in the field, chirpy with it and with every reason to be as they chased for another key breakthrough. Stokes and Butler scampered singles and Butler was put down at extra cover, although it would have been a catch-of-the-tournament candidate had it been held by Hawkins-Kay. The captain looked in good nick, latching onto anything remotely short and, five overs in, his side had moved onto 21. Elliot Miles replaced Hawkins- Kay at the de Beauvoir end, only to be swept behind square by Butler for four. The spin presence was doubled by Ben Ward taking over from Robertson and Guernsey’s second-wicket pair looked at home without being dominant. The bowling changes were coming fast and ‘Chuggy’ Perchard had a good shout for LBW turned down, much to Butler’s relief. The run rate was slowly upping towards the five-an-over mark and a base was being set, although Jersey were convinced they had the home captain caught at the wicket. Butler survived the shout and the halfway point was reached with 49 on the board, Butler responsible for 30 of them, For Guernsey it was time to go and go big. Stokes tried exactly that and fell to a leading edge in the 11th and the Caesareans simply refused to give anything away as their multiple bowling options all delivered performances. Hooper came as went quickly to an ugly shot and the home struggle continued. Jersey were happy to allow the singles and there were few fireworks until Butler provided two boundaries in the 17th to go to a very fine half century. Butler’s square drive for a couple brought the hundred up off the final ball of the 19th and Jake Dunford then pulled off a stunning legside catch to put an end to Ben Ferbrache’s determined but unspectacular stay. Lucas Barker holed out first ball and with seven coming off the last over at the loss of three wickets, 108 appeared well short of a competitive score. It was. Capitalising on some ragged bowling, Jersey tucked into it with the relish of having been made to wait for their lunch. Corey Bisson made his own fine half-century and on this form the Reds will take some stopping.