ICC Europe T20 Division 1 Sussex 2013

Guernsey v Austria

Match Played At Preston Nomads 2
on 9th July 2013, ICC European Division 1

Toss won by Guernsey who elected to field
Guernsey Won by 9 wkts
Umpires      RE Black (Ireland) – D Kenworthy (IoM) – H Kearns (Jersey)
Scorer S Veillard and N Thind

Austria Innings BowlerRunsBalls4s6sS/R BowlerOvMdnRunsWktsWdNBS/R
Aamir Malikc MWR Stokesb JDJ Frith13143092.6Nussbaumer30221307.3
Imran Gorayab JL Martel4310133.3Martel3.40273207.4
A Randhawalbwb MWR Stokes392633150.0Frith40123003.0
LP Kasthuriarachchirun out(JL Martel)04000Ellis40180004.5
*+Amar Naeemb JDJ Frith02000Hooper101100011.0
Imran Asiflbwb JDJ Frith26332078.8Stokes40202005.0
Babar Nadeemb MWR Stokes11151073.3
S Subhashb JAJ Nussbaumer7110063.6
N Soggi b JL Martel240050.0
DMM Stevensonnot out340075.0
Munir Ahmedb JL Martel02000
Extras(b5, lb0, w5, nb0, p0)10
Totalfor 10 wktsin 19.4 ov115
Fall of wickets
1-14(Imran Goraya), 2-40(Aamir Malik), 3-50(LP Kasthuriarachchi), 4-51(Amar Naeem),
5-74(A Randhawa), 6-90(Babar Nadeem), 7-109(Imran Asif), 8-111(S Subhash),
9-115(N Soggi), 10-115(Munir Ahmed)

Guernsey Innings BowlerRunsBalls4s6sS/R BowlerOvMdnRunsWktsWdNbE/R
LJ Barkerc Munir Ahmed b DMM Stevenson23313074.2Soggi 30130004.3
JDJ Frith not out8747124185.1Stevenson40241006.0
IDA Damarellnot out250040Munir Ahmed20170008.5
R Kneller dnbKasthuriarachchi2.503600012.9
DR HooperdnbRandhawa101500015.0
GH Smit dnbImran Goraya101002010.0
*JAJ Nussbaumerdnb
+TCR Kimberdnb
MWR Stokesdnb
MLA Ellis dnb
JL Martel dnb
Extras(b0, lb2, w3, nb0, p0)5
Totalfor 1 wktin 13.5 ov117
Fall of wickets
1-84 (Barker)

‘Halfway to Hove’      by Rob Batiste

THE opportunity to play at the Sussex county ground in Hove with the further prize a trip to Dubai in the autumn is looming larger for Guernsey. After making it two wins from two by beating Austria yesterday, skipper Jamie Nussbaumer reckoned two more wins from the remaining three round-robin games would get his side through to Saturday’s semis at Hove and as the Greens prepared for a rest day, it certainly seems only a bizarre turnaround in form will halt the semi-final charge. In moving into second place in the Group A table behind the tournament favourites Italy, who have clocked up three comfortable victories on the opening two days, Guernsey are certainly looking good and no-one more so than Jeremy Frith, who added an undefeated 87 from 47 balls on the back of his brilliant unbeaten 99 the previous afternoon.

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Warming up against Austria at Preston Nomads                                     ICC/CricketEurope

‘We are in a good situation,’ said the captain, who left coaches Nic Pothas and Lee Savident at the beautiful Preston Nomads ground to gauge the Italians against Norway. ‘Everyone is on a high,’ Nussbaumer added. So they should be. He had seen his side avenge their 2011 defeat by the Austrians with consummate ease. It is hard to imagine many more picturesque grounds anywhere in the country and Guernsey made easy work of collecting their second victory in 24 hours. Austria came out firing from the hip and scored at a good rate early on, but once the Sarnian spinners were introduced, and the skilled seam of young Matt Stokes, the side in red faltered and, on a small ground surrounded by sheep-filled fields and rolling hills, the Austrians succumbed for just 115. Jeremy Frith and Lucas Barker then went to work at chasing down the target and against a powder- puff attack, comprising largely of ineffective spin, they kept the Greens well ahead of the run rate. It was good work by the openers, though, and the pair added 84 for the first wicket in very good time before young Lucas Barker top-edged a sweep and went for 23. Frith was treating the bowling with scant respect and with successive sixes ended the game in the 14th over, finishing on 87 not out. Guernsey had made only one change to the side that had beaten Norway, with young Jordon Martel coming in for Chris van Vliet.

JUST as Norway the previous afternoon, the Austrians came out swinging to the beautiful backdrop of the high Sussex Downs. But, as was the case in game one, Guernsey’s opposition were not so adept when the ball is not in the slot and the pace is taken off. From a flying start Austria crumbled to 115 all out and on such a small ground, lying at the foot of the downs in fairly remote countryside, that was never likely to be enough. ‘We did the hard work in the field and set ourselves a reasonable target: said Guernsey captain Jamie Nussbaumer, with a touch of understatement. ‘We reckoned that on these good pitches and with such small boundaries it is a case of damage limitation early on.

‘And, as usual, we were very good in the middle and at the end. ‘Maxy [Max Ellis], Frithy and Stokesy [Matt Stokes] were the standouts.’ And so they were. After winning the toss and inserting a group of Austrians who may well never know the relevance of Edelweiss and hills that are alive to the sound of music, Guernsey were soon chasing leather. An expensive opening over from the captain saw the edges flying past Kimber for four. Jordon Martel was then driven high over extra cover for four – nearly six – second ball, but the very next delivery he held one back a shade and Goraya was bowled attempting an ugly swipe across the line. A highly eventful initial introduction to ICC senior cricket for the young left-armer continued when Goraya’s replacement crashed a flat drive over cover for six.

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Matt Stokes                                                 ICC/CricketEurope

2013 jordy austria

Jordan Martel                                            ICC/CricketEurope

2013 martel strikes austria

Jordan Martel strikes                 ICC/CricketEurope

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David Hooper                                       ICC/CricketEurope

2013 ellis austria

Max Ellis                                       ICC/CricketEurope

A ballooning bouncer by Nussbaumer in the next brought four byes and in a profligate start from the pacemen he followed it with a leg side wide. When he then pitched it up it was met by a steepling drive high over extra for a six to disturb the nearby sheep’s idyll morning. The Austrians were throwing the bat at anything remotely pitched up.

Martel was crashed for another four square on the offside, which was only a couple of yards short of another maximum. He then dropped short and was pulled for four through mid-wicket. With 39 leaked from the first four, Nussbaumer was persuaded to replace himself with Frith who immediately struck, having opener Aamir Malik caught at point by Matt Stokes. Austria’s 50 came up in the sixth over, but Guernsey spirits were cheered by an Austrian mix up which saw Martel, following through, pounce and with an accurate throw to Kimber bring the fall of Austria’s third wicket.

It got better in the next as Frith beat the bat and the gentle clink of ball on stump meant Austria were four down. Max Ellis came on for the eight and he quickly settled down. The Austrians are not nearly so comfortable against flighted spin and after the early run riot the eighth ended with Austria stalling at 54 for four. Hooper was hit for four first ball and the next induced a bottom edge which Kimber put down at the stumps. The hundred came up with a thick-edged three to third man off the first ball of the 16th. Kimber missed a straightforward stumping but Frith’s frustration at his colleague was instantly forgotten as the next ball he won an lbw shout. Nussbaumer came back for the penultimate over and was economical and in Martel’s concluding over he splattered the stumps of nine and 11. Austria opened with a dibbly-dobbly/spin combination, but Frith was soon finding the extra cover boundary with a sweetly-timed drive. The bowling was tight but Frith had the answer, beautifully reverse-glancing a four off the very slow Stevenson, followed two balls later by a skip down the track and a straight drive for six. Barker lofted an extra drive for four to take the score onto 22 early in the fifth over and already things were looking as rosy as the Austrian shirts. Austria introduced a leg-spinner for the seventh over but with two nicks down the leg side and then a full-blooded sweep, Frith and extras brought a stack of runs off the over. Frith was getting into his stride, sweeping another for four and a couple of balls later was crashing a six out of the ground to wake up those dozing sheep and bring up the team’s half-century in the eighth over. Barker joined in the fun with a sweet sweep for a four of his own. There was not a quick bowler in sight and the runs were coming at a rapid pace. The ninth over ended with 69 on the board and the required run rate barely over four when Frith reached his half-century with a firm pull through mid-wicket for four. Barker then top edged a sweep to fall for 23 with the score on 84 in the 11th over. In the circumstances it could hardly have been a more comfortable introduction for Zak Damarell, who before he could face a ball watched Frith crash a drive for four through extra and sweep another four towards the sheep’s position. The ton was reached in the 12th with a square cut single from Damarell and in the next over Frith moved into the 80s with a big six over long on and next ball won the game with an even bigger shot over wide long on to finish undefeated on 87.