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Inter Insular #65 2016
Jersey v Guernsey
played at Grainville, Jersey
on Saturday 20th August 2016 at 11am
50 overs per side
Umpires: Simon Welch (Gsy) and JohnEdmonds (Jsy)
Scorers: Bob O’Brien (Gsy) and Gina Kearns (Jsy)
Toss won by Guernsey who elected to field
Man-of-the-match Peter Gough (Jsy)
|*PW Gough||Run Out (Stokes)||95||138||7||0||68.84||159||O Newey||7||1||16||1||16||2.29|
|W Harris||c Martin||b Newey||3||11||0||0||27.27||17||W Fazakerley||9.2||1||28||3||9.33||3||w1||nb3|
|BDH Stevens||c Hooper||b Nussbaumer||17||33||2||0||51.51||39||J Nussbaumer||6||0||19||1||19||3.17|
|JW Jenner||Run Out (Fazakerley)||31||35||4||0||88.57||38||M Stokes||2||0||11||0||-||5.5||w1|
|N Ferraby||c Damarell||b Fazakerley||10||15||0||0||66.67||22||D Hooper||5||0||31||0||-||6.2||w1|
|AW Hawkins-Kay||b Ellis||9||12||1||0||75||14||M Ellis||10||0||52||3||17.3||5.2||w1|
|+J Dunford||c Damarell||b Ellis||4||12||0||0||33.33||15||T Nightingale||9||0||46||0||-||5.1|
|CW Perchard||Not Out||12||17||1||0||70.59||29|
|LE Gallichan||c Ferbrache||b Ellis||3||6||0||0||50||5|
|RJG Palmer||c Butler||b Fazakerley||5||7||0||0||71.43||7|
|R McBey||c Martin||b Fazakerley||2||7||0||0||28.57||6|
|Extras||(w 9, b 0, lb 3, nb 3)||15|
|Total||(for 10 wickets in 48.2 overs)||206||at 4.26 RPO|
|Fall of Wicket: 1-9 (Harris), 2-43 (Stevens), 3-105 (Jenner), 4-130 (Ferraby), 5-151 (Hawkins-Kay), 6-173 (Dunford), 7-185 (Gough), 8-189-8 (Gallichan), 9-202 (Palmer), 10-206 (McBey)|
|MWR Stokes||b Hawkins-Kay||0||9||0||0||0||7||R McBey||10||5||16||2||8||1.6||w4|
|IDA Damarell||c Jenner||b McBey||11||22||1||0||50||27||AW Kay||8||1||20||3||6.67||2.5||w2|
|JP Butler||c Gough||b Hawkins-Kay||0||6||0||0||0||7||N Ferraby||8||0||31||0||-||3.75||w2|
|+JC Martin||c Jenner||b Perchard||64||116||5||0||55.12||146||R Palmer||4||0||8||0||-||2||w1|
|TW Nightingale||c Dunford||b McBey||2||11||0||0||18.18||12||C Perchard||7||0||40||1||40||5.71||w1|
|DR Hooper||b Stevens||15||60||0||0||25||72||B Stevens||9.4||0||30||4||7.5||3.19||w2|
|WN Fazakerley||lbw||b Stevens||2||7||0||0||28.57||7|
|LB Ferbrache||c Hawkins-Kay||b Stevens||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|OE Newey||b Stevens||32||40||1||1||80||53|
|*JAJ Nussbaumer||b Hawkins-Kay||5||8||0||0||62.5||11|
|MLA Ellis||Not Out||0||0||0||0||-||1|
|Extras||(w 14, b 3, lb 9, nb 0)||26|
|Total||(for 10 wickets in 46.4 overs)||157||at 3.36 RPO|
|Fall of Wicket: 1-4 (Stokes), 2-4 (Butler), 3-13 (Damarell), 4-22 (Nightingale), 5-77 (Hooper), 6-83 (Fazakerley), 7-83 (Ferbrache), 8-135 (Martin), 9-157 (Nussbaumer), 10-157 (Newey)|
‘Jenner cleared to take on Guernsey’
LIKE the trophy-holders, Jersey were beaten in their final warm-up game ahead of this Saturday’s inter-insular at Grainville. But one big slice of good news for the home side is that star batsman Jonty Jenner has been released by Sussex for the match. Jersey coach Neil MacRae was pleased with his team’s showing despite suffering a three-wicket defeat away to Reigate Priory CC on Sunday. MacRae is keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of Saturday’s game, but confirmed that Peter Gough will again skipper the side. The Scot said, ‘Sunday’s game and all of this week we will be focusing on the inter-insular and not Los Angeles [World Cricket League Division 4] later this year.
‘Reigate was a really good work-out for us against a strong side that included five overseas players from clubs in Surrey. ‘We batted first and made 236 for three off 45 overs with half centuries from Peter Gough (59) and Ben Stevens (67) and there were fine contributions from Will Harris (33) and Harrison Carlyon (44). ‘Priory chased our score down to win with three balls to spare so it was a good game and exactly what we were looking for ahead of a massive match against Guernsey on Saturday. ‘Rob McBey and Will Robertson both bowled well taking two wickets apiece while “Chuggy” Perchard also bowled economically. ‘It was a flat wicket and playing against five overseas players was just what was needed. ‘As a team everyone worked hard in hot conditions and there were several impressive individual performances. ‘We’ve a settled squad with the nucleus being with us for the past two or three seasons and the players are really looking forward to facing Guernsey again. It’s the first time they will be returning to Grainville since winning the World Cricket League Division 5 tournament in May and they will be looking to win the game and get some good support on the day.’ Jersey defeated Guernsey by seven wickets back in May, but Guernsey won last year’s inter-insular.
‘Uncapped quartet in Guernsey squad’ by Gareth Le Prevost (GEP) and Andy Bradshaw (JEP)
FOUR uncapped players have been named in Guernsey’s 13-man squad for Saturday’s inter-insular at Grainville. Batsman Zak Damarell and Ben Fitchet, all-rounder Josh Butler and paceman Luke Nussbaumer are all in contention to make their full debuts against Jersey although the quartet have been involved with the island set-up for at least one season and in some cases longer. It is likely at least one will miss out on the final XI, possibly two, but coach Ash Wright said the decision will not be made until the morning of the game. Nine of the 13 were involved in Guernsey’s World Cricket League Five campaign in Jersey back in May and there is a welcome return for young Leicestershire academy players Tom Nightingale and Will Fazakerley, who missed out on that tournament due to exams having helped the Greens win WCL6 in Essex in September. The older Nightingale brother, Ollie, is one of those from the WCL5 squad to miss out this time along with GH Smit, Tom Kirk, Andrew Hutchinson and the now Dubai-based Tom Kimber. ‘It is quite a different line-up to the one we had in the ICC event: Wright said. ‘But it is a strong group and our batting line-up looks like one we can take into the future and they will play with a bit more intent.’ Jersey coach Neil MacRae has also named a youthful-looking squad for Saturday’s game. Captain Peter Gough is one of 11 squad members who triumphed in the World Cricket League Division Five final, against Oman at Grainville in May, who have been entrusted with regaining the inter-insular silverware following last year’s five-wicket defeat at Port Soif. Nick Ferraby, who is ineligible for ICC tournaments, has been called upon for his second inter-insular, while there are first-time inter-insular calls for Jake Dunford, Will Harris and 15-year-old Harrison Carlyon, son of Tony, who was such an integral part of the dominant Jersey side of the 1990s. WCL5 winners Corey Bisson, Cornelis Bodenstein and Nat Watkins
were unavailable for selection. ‘Players being unavailable is a good opportunity for the youngsters to come in,’ said MacRae. ‘Jake, Will and Harrison have not played in a senior inter-insular before and they all deserve their places in the squad. ‘The players are excited. It’s a massive game for them and they all recognise that. ‘They also know it’s a one-off game in terms of atmosphere and it will be intense and passionate.
‘We’ve a young side, but it is one that has a lot of experience representing Jersey and we are well prepared to take on Guernsey in what is a huge fixture for everyone and a show-piece game for the Island.’ Saturday’s match at Grainville is 50-overs-per- side, starting at 11am.
Guernsey: Jamie Nussbaumer (captain), Josh Butler, Zak Damarell, Max Ellis, Will Fazakerley, Ben Ferbrache, Ben Fitchet, David Hooper, Jason Martin (wk), Ollie Newey, Tom Nightingale, Luke Nussbaumer and Matt Stokes.
Jersey: Peter Gough (captain), Harrison Carlyon, Jake Dunford (wk), Nick Ferraby, Will Harris, Luke Gallichan, Anthony Kay, Jonty Jenner, Ben Kynman, Rob McBey, Rhys Palmer, Chuggy Perchard and Ben Stevens.
Peter Della Penna is ESPN cricinfo’s USA correspondent.
@PeterDellaPenna © ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Today marks the 155th anniversary of the cricket rivalry between the two Channel Islands, known as the Inter-Insular, which has had a passionate fan following for decades.
Quick. Name the most intense rivalries in cricket. India v Pakistan? Check. Australia v England? Check. Jersey v Guernsey… say what?
The Ashes may date back to 1877, but another rivalry, between two much smaller islands – combined population of 160,000 and land mass totalling less than 75 square miles – predates it by 16 years. The history between Jersey and Guernsey on the cricket field runs deep, though the distance between the two British crown dependencies is narrow – it’s a two-hour ferry ride between the islands just off the north-west coast of France.
“Some people say that size matters, but I’d say they don’t build big diamonds,” says Stuart Bisson, former Guernsey player and now their assistant coach, answering a question about which island is bigger and better. Jersey’s population is 100,000 to Guernsey’s 60,000, its territory 45 square miles to Guernsey’s 25. The Inter-Insular – as the annual cricket fixture between the two is known – is held dear among citizens on both islands, a little gem whose entertainment value is inversely proportional to the geographical area the territory covers.
“It’s fierce,” says Jersey captain Peter Gough. “When I first started, it was the only game you played for Jersey in the whole year. So you played club cricket all year and the whole reason for playing club cricket was to try and get into the island side to get selected for the Guernsey game. So that was your one chance to play in front of a big crowd in a huge game, and that would spill over and it would be a lot of passion and pride in the game.
“You’d be absolutely mortified if you didn’t score any runs, just devastated, because that was your one chance to score runs in front of lots of people, and that’s the game that everyone talked about and remembered, so everyone got really fired up for that game, which they still do now, definitely, there’s no question about it. “My very first memory was getting run out, I was 17 [in 2002, his first Inter-Insular], getting run out, and then one of the Guernsey fans walking onto the field and taunting me as I was walking off the ground. I really wanted to just wrap my bat around his head.”
The two islands – whose inhabitants are colloquially referred to as Caesareans (Jersey) and Sarnians (Guernsey) from the Latin names for each island – have had teams competing against each other on the cricket field in some form since 1861. The first games were played between sides representing Victoria College in Jersey and Elizabeth College in Guernsey, and with the exception of a few gaps, the two teams usually met for home- and-away fixtures on each island annually from 1862 until 1898.
Due in part to the world wars, the latter of which saw both islands occupied by German troops, scorecard records show the game was only played four times over the next 51 years. The rivalry in its current form as a true national-team contest is said by historians and players of past generations from both islands to have originated in 1950, though it wasn’t until several years later that the first game was recognised as the first Jersey v Guernsey Inter-Insular.
With the exception of 1952 and 1956, when Jersey failed to send a team over to Guernsey, the Inter-Insular match has been played every year for the past 66 years. The two islands also have well-known rivalries in football (for the Murrati Vase) and rugby (the Siam Cup). However, Jersey Cricket Board chairman Ward Jenner says the rivalry between the islands goes well beyond sport, and begins well before 1861.
“I’m sure that most clubs in the world have similar local derbies, but there’s a big history between Jersey and Guernsey that goes back to the 1600s, when Guernsey supported the Parliamentarians and Jersey supported the Royalists,” Jenner says, referring to the sides each island took during the English Civil War, in which Charles I was executed and his son Charles II lived in exile in Jersey.
“There’s some pretty gruesome stories about things that happened once upon a time. There’s also some good nicknames as well. Guernsey are known as the Donkeys, which sounds quite pejorative but actually most Guernseymen are proud Donkeys, and they call us Crapauds.
“A Crapaud is not necessarily as bad as it sounds. A Crapaud is a small toad which lives in Jersey. So the Crapauds and the Donkeys have a long, long rivalry in all sports and across everything really. It’s quite fierce but I think most of us are quite good friends.”
Initially the Inter-Insular was contested as a single-innings declaration match, a format frequently used in premier club cricket in the UK. Jersey won the inaugural contest by six wickets, as well as in 1953, 1954 and 1960. A series of draws, and the two abandoned fixtures in 1952 and 1956, meant that it wasn’t until 1961 when Guernsey recorded their first win, by 38 runs at home in St Peter Port.
After 14 draws in the first 27 years of the Inter-Insular, including five draws in seven years from 1971 through 1977, the match was changed to a one-day format in 1978.
Overall, Jersey holds a 29-21 series lead to go along with the 14 draws. Up until 2006, when both countries first entered an ICC competition at that year’s ICC European Division Two Championship, the Inter-Insular was often the only game either national team played annually, typically in August or early September.
“Whenever you win it, there’s a huge outpouring of emotion,” said Bisson. “I’ve found that over the years it’s the guys who control their emotions on the day, they normally come out on top.
“It’s the FA Cup final that we have every year. It’s the most important. As much as you try to take the pressure off the day and have everyone relax and enjoy the day, it’s the most emotive game that we play all year. So keeping the players calm and concentrating on their skills, whoever controls their emotions tends to do well on the day.”
Jersey’s overall winning record is down to their ability to keep calm when games have got tight, whereas Guernsey have developed a reputation for being chokers. Whether it is in Inter-Insular fixtures or ICC tournaments, Jersey have beaten Guernsey seven times by margins of three wickets or less when chasing, and another three times defending a target in the final over by margins of eight, four and one run. Six of those matches were decided on the final ball.
Jersey dominated the 1990s. Starting with a four-run triumph defending 201 under the captaincy of Jenner in 1992, they reeled off ten straight wins, the longest winning streak in the rivalry. Jenner captained in the first five of those wins, then left before the 1997 match, when his job moved him to Guernsey. After becoming a resident, Jenner sent out a feeler to Guernsey’s selection panel to see if they would be interested in picking their former tormentor.
“I was quite prepared for them to say that it would send out the wrong message and we don’t want you to do that,” recalls Jenner. “That would be fair enough and I would have understood that, but they actually came back and said we want you to play, and we want you to captain. So that was quite a major thing really. I was quite surprised and I thought this was going to definitely set the cat amongst the pigeons.”
Jenner holds the rare distinction of having been the only player to captain both sides, taking over the reins for the 1998 encounter in a bid to end the Jersey winning streak at six games. Guernsey had come agonisingly close in 1997, needing 20 off four overs with three wickets in hand, and ten off the final over before falling short by eight runs.
The Guernsey selection gamble appeared to have its desired effect as the Sarnians, led by Jenner, were on the brink of ending Jersey’s dominant run, with Jersey needing 24 off the final two overs chasing Guernsey’s 189 for 9. Brad Vowden began the 49th by striking two sixes to bring Jersey’s equation down to 12 off ten balls before he was caught on the boundary on the next delivery, leaving three wickets in hand. Eventually three were needed to win off the final ball when one of the most extraordinary endings in the history of the Inter-Insular took place.
“As captain I helped my bowler set the field as accurately as I could,” Jenner says. “I won’t mention any names here, but my bowler bowled a terrible delivery. The Jersey batsman absolutely smashed it to square leg. I thought it was going for six, but actually it went straight, straight into the hands of one of my fielders who I had carefully positioned, maybe not expecting the bowler to bowl that particular ball. Not only did the fielder drop it, he then fumbled twice trying to pick it up to throw the ball in. So Jersey scrambled three runs to win the game.”
Reports from the Jersey Evening Post and Guernsey Evening Press reveal the identities of the main characters in the drama. Opening batsman Richard Headington should have been the hero for Guernsey, top-scoring with 58, but is better remembered for bowling the final fateful ball. It was one of only two matches in which the future Guernsey captain ever bowled for the Sarnians. Richard Veillard, who had captained Guernsey in 1997, was the culprit for the misfields at square leg. Wicketkeeper Simon Short scored the winning runs, while Colin Graham’s mad dash and dive for the third run for victory just beat the relay from Veillard to Guernsey wicketkeeper Mike Webber.
Jersey then won another three times before Guernsey’s golden era began in 2002, behind the brilliance of Jeremy Frith, who would go on to finish his career as Guernsey’s all-time leading scorer and wicket-taker. In his first Inter-Insular in 2001, Frith fell for a duck in Jersey’s tenth consecutive win. From 2002 to 2011, Frith scored 499 runs at 71.29 – including a century and three fifties – as Guernsey won eight of the next ten meetings, including five straight from 2002 through 2006.
The Inter-Insular holds enough prestige that even though it is a bilateral fixture between two Associate sides ranked 29th and 31st in the world in 50-over cricket, players who are contracted with county sides are released to go back home and play in the contest. That includes 20-year-old Leicestershire allrounder Matt Stokes, who led Guernsey to a five-wicket win in the 2015 Inter-Insular by scoring 86 and taking 1 for 11 in eight overs, and Jersey’s 18-year-old Jonty Jenner, Ward’s son, a Sussex-contracted player who was named Channel Islands Sports Personality of the Year in 2015.
The younger Jenner is one of three second-generation talents in the Jersey squad for the 66th Inter-Insular on August 20 in Jersey. Luke Gallichan, son of Wayne, and Harrison Carlyon, son of Tony and nephew of Steve – two stalwarts from the 1990s Jersey dynasty – are also included. If Harrison is selected to debut, he will be Jersey’s youngest capped player at age 15, beating Jonty’s mark as a 16-year-old in 2014.
And so the agony and the ecstasy of the rivalry is passed down from generation to generation. For Ward Jenner, watching Jonty taking part in the rivalry is a “nerve-wracking” experience.
“I had a few reasonably successful days myself and I had some not-so-good times as a player,” Jenner says. “I think watching your son play and knowing what the rivalry is like is the icing on the cake really.”
In recent years, several players on each side admit that the increased fixture list, courtesy of ICC tournaments, has taken some of the edge off the Inter-Insular and put it into context. Promotion and relegation in events like the World Cricket League has taken precedence, though if the two islands come across each other in ICC tournament games it heightens the sense of occasion and has more often than not provided nail-biting finishes.
Jersey managed to chase down a target of 218 with one wicket to spare in the WCL Division Five in Malaysia in 2014, ensuring promotion for themselves and relegation for Guernsey. Guernsey were 209 for 4 in 46 overs chasing a target of 219 in ICC Europe Division Two in 2008, only to lose five wickets for five runs, three of them run-outs, in an eventual one-run loss that allowed Jersey to move up into the ICC Europe Division One as tournament champions.
“We were absolutely cruising it and then from nowhere we just absolutely capitulated and lost the game by one run,” says current Guernsey captain Jamie Nussbaumer, who played his maiden Inter-Insular just two weeks prior to the showdown in the ICC tournament. “That was basically as low as it got.”
However tight the rivalry might get on the field, the participants remain resolute to uphold the old tradition of socialising with the opposition in the bar after a game. Guernsey and Jersey have also briefly competed on some occasions as a combined Channel Islands team. Most recently, the combined side in the ongoing over-50s County Cricket competition ensures that players from both sides who went toe to toe in their heyday are getting along just fine as they grey.
The Inter-Insular remains a date that both sets of islanders mark on their calendars. Be it as a player or spectator, it’s a rivalry that will continue forging memorable moments for generations to come.
“Back in the ’80s on a Sunday when the game was played, the pubs were shut and basically there was not much else to do in Guernsey, and crowds of thousands of people would turn up to the games,” Jenner says. “It’s still very well supported now. Probably a little bit more boisterous and vociferous in Guernsey than they are over here, and there’s a lot of island pride at stake.
“They’re big, big games of cricket and there’s a lot of emotion involved and some great characters as well, but at the end of the day it’s cricket. It’s a game, it should be fun.”
A year on and that ‘special day’ now counts for nothing by Gareth le Prevost
THE past has no bearing today insists the Guernsey captain as his side look to retain the Inter-Insular Trophy on Jersey soil. Since their convincing win over the old enemy at Port Soif a year ago, the Greens suffered defeat to their big rivals in the World Cricket League Division Five tournament in May, when Jersey went on to gain promotion as champions, but Jamie Nussbaumer emphasised that none of that will influence today’s clash at Grainville. ‘It was great to win last year, it was a really special day, but it counts for nothing now: said the Guernsey skipper. ‘I believe we go into this game as underdogs because Jersey are at home and they have progressed to WCL4, but we are not looking too much at what happened at Farmers earlier this year when we had two shocking umpiring decisions go against two of our top five batsman. ‘This time both squads have changed, we are playing at a completely different ground and we are approaching the game with a fresh outlook.’ Guernsey have been strengthened by the return to the ranks of Leicestershire Academy duo Tom Nightingale and Will Fazakerley for this encounter after the pair missed WCL5 due to exams, although the latter has had a late change of schedule this week. ‘Faz has been called up to play for Leicestershire Second XI on Friday, so he has had to alter his plans slightly, but it just goes to show how highly they rate him. ‘Tom will be key for us in the middle order and perhaps bowling a bit of off-spin. ‘Those boys were gutted to miss WCL5, but it’s not just them, everyone is champing at the bit to get going and we have got a really strong squad of 13 going.’ As for the captain himself, he reported that he was fully fit after feeling no effects of a recent slight side-strain on a run through this week, although a bizarre mishap involving coach Ash Wright throwing down balls to him with a sidearm device nearly caused late panic in the camp. ‘I was having a hit in the net when Ash decided to beam me and hit me on the collar bone,’ said the skipper, unable to suppress a chuckle.
‘In fairness, he was far more worried about it than I was. ‘It is a bit sore, but it’s just a bruise.’ Nussbaumer’s only real concern, though, is the weather, which he hopes does not spoil the occasion. ‘The forecast is for a bit of rain and high Winds, but what you don’t want is it to favour one side over another. ‘Whatever happens, we believe we have got a better team from one to 11 and normally, all things being equal, the better team will come out on top. ‘There is always the possibility of someone like Jonty [Jenner] playing a “worldie” innings to swing the game and if that happens you just have to say well played. ‘But what you don’t want is to be looking for excuses afterwards. We just have to give it our best shot.’ The 50-over match at Grainville starts at 11am.
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Josh Butler receives his cap from Stuart Le Prevost Guernseysportsphotography
Zak Damarell receives his cap from dad Ian Guernseysportsphotography
JERSEY strangled Guernsey into submission to regain the Inter-Insular Trophy at a windswept but sunny Grainville on Saturday. Outstanding opening spells from Rob McBey and Anthony Kay reduced the visitors to 21 for four in the first dozen overs of their reply to the hosts’ 206 all out. The two Jersey seamers got more out of the track than anyone and reaped the rewards with McBey picking up two wickets as he bowled his 10 overs straight through in a spell that turned the match in his side’s favour while Kay was also magnificent and ended with three wickets. Guernsey were more than happy to be chasing 207 for victory, but the mood quickly changed as Kay struck twice in his opening two overs.
Matt Stokes Guernseysportsphotography
Crucially the first wicket was that of Matt Stokes, who had played the anchor role so well in last year’s victory at Port Soif, and he was unfortunate to chop onto his own stumps a ball that nipped back at him from back of a length. Debutant Josh Butler was next to go, guilty of not moving his feet as he chased a wide one from Kay with Peter Gough taking the catch above his head at first slip. Another new cap, Zak Damarell, had looked to be positive but he cut across an attempted drive off McBey to slice a catch up to Jonty Jenner at point and Guernsey were in real trouble at 13 or three. It became four when Tom Nightingale was caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Jake Dunford off McBey. From that position, Guernsey had a mountain to climb and never looked like reaching the summit, with Gough even having the luxury of a three-man slip cordon as late as the 17th over. Jason Martin and David Hooper set about trying to rebuild the innings and the former played a fme knock that eventually saw him reach a deserved half century, but they unable to take any risks due to the predicament they found themselves in.
Jersey, therefore, turned the screw with tight bowling backed up by excellent fielding. The Griffins pair patiently added 55 before Hooper played over the top of a full ball from Ben Stevens to become the first of the left-arm spinner’s four victims, the next being Will Fazakerley who missed a reverse sweep and was trapped in front. Ben Ferbrache followed the next ball, edging a gentle catch to Kay at slip, and Guernsey were 83 for seven. Ollie Newey joined Martin in putting on 52 before he holed outto Jenner at deep mid-wicket for 64 made from 116 balls. The end was now in sight and although Newey became the only man to hit a six in the game – straight back over Stevens’ head and the sightscreen – it was scant consolation and he was last man to fall.
Earlier, the Jersey score had been founded on the 95 of captain Gough playing the anchor role at the top of the order, although they were at least 15 short of what they wanted. Guernsey’s bowling and fielding performance was solid without being spectacular, ensuring that the hosts never got away from them and only briefly threatened to when the skipper and Jonty Jenner produced a flurry of boundaries midway through the innings. Before then, Guernsey had struck early through Newey when young debutant Will Harris got an under edge on an attempted pull shot and Martin had a simple catch to make it nine for one. Stevens looked in decent nick as he stroked the first couple of boundaries of the match through the covers, the second off Fazakerley being particularly easy on the eye, but after that Guernsey kept the batsmen on a tight rein for the remainder of the 10 over powerplay, which yielded just 25 runs. The partnership grew to 34 before Stevens fell into a Jamie Nussbaumer trap, with the Guernsey skipper banging one in short to induce a mistimed pull shot that resulted in Hooper taking a really well judged catch coming in from the deep square leg boundary. That brought the danger man Jenner to the crease and, as always, he showed positive intent from the outset, albeit with an element of risk. He really started to hit his straps in the 23rd over when he took three boundaries off Hooper – the first from a rather ugly heave but the next two being sweetly timed through the leg side. Gough then got into the act with a couple of fours in Ellis’ next over and a reverse sweep off the same bowler soon afterwards brought up the 100 for the hosts. But just when the momentum was swinging Jersey’s way, Jenner foolishly decided to try to take a third run to Fazakerley’s arm and lost – run out for 31. Gough continued to plug away and brought up his half century in the 30th over, but he soon lost another partner as Nick Ferraby, who had already lived a charmed life, chipped up a catch to Damarell at mid-off to give Fazakerley a wicket.
Will Fazakerley Guernseysportsphotography
Kay did not last long, being bowled around his legs attempting to reverse sweep Ellis, and young wicketkeeper Dunford soon followed him back to the pavilion after Damarell took the catch at the second attempt at mid-wicket off Ellis. All the while, Gough was adding to his tally at the other end, almost quietly making his way up to what proved to be a hugely valuable 95. However, as a century beckoned, he called a run from the non-striker’s end after Chuggy Perchard had swept Ellis to Stokes at short fine leg and the Jersey captain was adjudged run out as Martin whipped off the bails.
Peter Gough alongside Jonty Jenner Guernseysportsphotography
Gough looked far from happy, but his 138-ball innings – one which earned him the man-of-the- match award – was at an end. The remaining batsmen tried to wag the tail, but only managed to nudge the total past 200. Luke Gallichan holed out to Ben Ferbrache off Ellis, Rhys Palmer miscued a cut off Fazakerley to give Josh Butler a simple catch at cover and the innings came to an end when No. 11 McBey nicked off to give Fazakerley a third wicket.
‘We let them in massively’ – skipper Nussbaumer by Gareth Le Prevost
THE disappointment of coming up five runs short of a hundred could not banish the beaming smile from Jersey captain Peter Gough’s face after his side regained the Inter-Insular Trophy on Saturday. The left-handed opener’s innings was far from fluent, but in the context of a low-scoring game at Grainville, it was a crucial knock that set up a 49-run win for the hosts as they successfully defended 206.
‘It’s a really important win – it was a huge game for us today,’ said man-of-the-match Gough, who praised his bowlers for their outstanding effort in dismissing Guernsey for just 157 having reduced them to 21 for four early in the reply. ‘We thought our total was a little bit under par – 220 would have been good, but 206 was not too bad.’ Guernsey captain Jamie Nussbaumer said that his side
had batted themselves out of the game. ‘When you are four down with not even 12 overs on the board, from there you are not going to win games of cricket. ‘We did not show any application at the top of the order and it’s cost us. ‘We were happy with chasing 207. We thought the deck was all right – a bit slow and a bit of tennis ball bounce, but we would have taken 207 at the start. ‘If a couple of batters had got in at the start, we go on to win that game, but at four down it was stick or twist for our middle order. ‘Jersey turned the screw, but we have let them in massively.’