Guernsey v Denmark (Game 2)

on Sun 18th May 2014

at Blackstone, Sussex

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Guernsey starting to right the wrongs from Malaysia       by Matt Lihou

NIC POTHAS believes that Guernsey’s performances have ‘gone up two levels’ after a weekend away saw two 50-over defeats against Denmark. The Danes were always strong favourites for the games in Sussex as they are two tiers higher on the World Cricket League ladder and they ultimately won both fairly comfortably.
Saturday’s 28-run win was followed up by a six-wicket success with more than seven overs to spare a day later, as opener Zameer Khan hit an unbeaten century. Chasing 247 for the victory after a decent Guernsey batting effort, Denmark were always ahead of the rate and a contribution from Shehzad Ahmed (56) was also key. Once again, Sarnian captain Jamie Nussbaumer was his side’s star with the ball, taking two for 23 from his seven overs to keep the match alive longer. Earlier, Jeremy Frith had top scored for Guernsey with 63 at better than a run-a-ball, while Ollie Nightingale hit his first representative half-century with a well-complied 53. All in all, Guernsey director of cricket Pothas saw it as a positive weekend for his side, who now face the MCC next week at Port Soif and the KGV.
‘Everything has gone up two levels and it was a great weekend away for the boys because we are creating a really strong group right now,’ he said. ‘We have a squad that is pulling in the same direction and bringing in Stuart [Bisson] as a coach has been a massive positive because he has been fantastic. ‘Over the weekend, the lads were putting right the mistakes they made in Malaysia over the winter and there are so many positives to take forward. Of course there were some mistakes, there always will be, but now there are only a couple here and there, whereas before there were lots. ‘If you looked out there on the pitch at any given time, you certainly wouldn’t have known that there were two divisions between the two sides who were playing.’
Pothas also talks plenty about the right temperament and that is something he believes young Nightingale has in abundance. ‘Ollie played well on the Saturday on his debut and got out [for seven] with a shot that he was really disappointed about. ‘But he went out there on the Sunday and put that right straight away with a really good innings where he needed to work hard and battle through the start. ‘We know that Ollie has the right temperament and it was a really encouraging debut week end for him.’
Next week’s matches against the MCC are a Twenty20 clash on Tuesday at the KGV and a 50-over match at Port Soif two days later.