ICC WCL Division 5 Malaysia 2014

Guernsey v Cayman Islands

Played at Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur

on 6th March 2014 (50-over match)
Toss won by Guernsey who decided to field
Umpires B Ramani, AK Rana (Thailand)
Referee GF Labrooy (Sri Lanka)
Reserve Umpire K Cross (New Zealand)
Result Cayman Islands won by 33 runs
Man of the Match KR Ebanks

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Mark Latter

Mark Latter blog

AFTER preparation comes the real thing and this morning the Guernsey Squad awoke to another blue sky and hot sun as ICC World Cricket League 5 began. Match day 1 versus the Cayman Islands, the team we played in our last two ICC WCL matches.
The breakfast room was the usual buzz of nervous excitement as all the teams took on fuel for the long day ahead. The short drive to the Royal Selangor Club was assisted by the accompanying police motorcycle outriders and the Guernsey team were soon into the pre-match routine.
Ollie Newey was the unlucky one of the three ‘4 year players’ to have to miss out and alongside him were Luke Le Tissier and Matt Breban. Their role for the day was to keep the team rehydrated.

Jamie won the toss and put Cayman Islands in on a damp looking strip that looked like it would be low and slow. This proved to be the case and against a great opening spell from both Lee Savident and Will Peatfield (10-1-22-3). Will deservedly made the breakthrough with the score on 37 at which point Ainsley Hall decided to chance his arm and play a few big shots.
At 74 and with the introduction of Max Ellis wickets began to tumble with Max at one point on a hat-trick. Along with Matt Stokes (10-1-20-1) Max brought Cayman to 80/6 and finished himself with figures of 10-3-12-4. Some lower order resistance saw Cayman complete their 50 overs and end on 140 for 9 wickets.
At the halfway stage Guernsey had showed that the high expectations of their bowling and fielding were justified.Now the batting and 141 to win.
Things started badly with Zac Damarell strangled down the leg side gloving one to the keeper and then James Gale getting a decent one to edge to first slip and 2/2 was not a great base to work from.
Lucas Barker (37) and Lee Savident (33) then put on 75 and at 77/2 the ship looked steadied. Then things went somewhat awry as a combination of poor shot selection, indifferent umpiring and straight bowling saw wickets tumble.
Lucas and Sav departed in the same over and no one else got a start as the innings lurched to 98/7. The skipper, Jamie Nussbaumer tried to hold the fort but in the end it proved too much and he was last man out in the 38th over and Guernsey were all out for 107.
So having kept Cayman to 140 Guernsey managed to lose by 33 runs which looks as bad as the performance was.  The reaction of the Cayman team showed how much they knew they had got of jail.
So it is a huge game tomorrow against Nigeria and a chance to forget the woes of today.

CricketEurope by Andrew Nixon

Guernsey and the Cayman Islands have met twice before, with Guernsey coming out on top on both occasions, at this tournament in 2012. Guernsey were unable to make it three from three though after the Caymans triumphed in a low scoring contest.
Batting first after being put in, the Caymans found scoring tough going thanks to some tight bowling by the Channel Islanders. Ainsley Hall was the only player to make a decent score with 45.
At one point, the Caymans lost five wickets for just six runs in six overs, but they recovered to reach 140-9 from their 50 overs. Max Ellis was the pick of the Guernsey bowlers with 4-12.
Guernsey’s reply got off to a terrible start when Isaac Damarell was dismissed for a duck in the second over. James Gale followed soon afterwards, and Guernsey found themselves on 2-2 in the third over.Lucas Barker and former Hampshire player Lee Savident – playing his first international in over 2 years – then got the reply back on track with a partnership of 75 for the third wicket. Barker was out for 37 in the 23rd over, and Savident was out three balls later having scored 33. Ben Ferbrache was the only other Guernsey player to reach double figures as Guernsey were bowled out for 107, losing by 33 runs. Kervin Ebanks was the pick of the Cayman bowlers with 5-19.