ICC World T20 European Finals Guernsey 2019

Guernsey v Germany

King George V, Castel
on Sat 15 June 2019
Toss won by Germany who elected to field
Umpires: Adriaan van den Dries, Alex Wharf, 3rd umpire Allan Haggo
Match Referee: Wayne Noon
Germany won by 5 wkts
Player of the match:

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‘Meschede sees Germans home’         by Gareth Le Prevost       GEP

PROFESSIONAL Craig Meschede took it upon himself to ease any German nerves and ensure double disappointment for Guernsey on Saturday. The Glamorgan player may have been involved in a couple of needless run outs that briefly gave the home side renewed optimism that they could pull off an unlucky victory at the KGV, but those hopes disappeared along with the ball into the 3G pitch as Meschede went after the bowling in decisive fashion to win the match with three overs and five wickets to spare. Signs had been promising that the Sarnians could overcome the blow of having lost their opener to Jersey earlier in the day after they had been inserted by Germany, who were making their bow in the tournament. Although player-coach Ash Wright initially had trouble with his timing, which was shown up when his opening partner Matt Stokes got off the mark with a sumptuous square cut for four in the second over, the opportunity to have a go at a free-hit after Izatullah Dawlatzai had overstepped in the third over suddenly shook off the shackles. The next ball was actually a wide, which took Wright off his feet as he went chasing after it, but once Dawlatzai put the next one in the slot, the batsman launched it over the long-on fence for the first maximum of the game. After that, Wright kept his shape much better and began to up the ante. Although he lost Stokes as a partner in the eighth over, by then Guernsey had already past 50 and were seemingly set for a decent total with Wright continuing to plunder runs. Two more sixes came off the spin of Muslim Ashraf in the 10th over, one over long on and the next over deep mid-wicket, but in attempting to repeat the trick off the final ball of the over, Wright holed out to Meschede on the boundary.

From 74 for 2 halfway through their innings, Guernsey started to flounder badly. Off-spinner Venkatraman Ganesan saw captain Josh Butler start to advance down the track and sent his delivery wide for a simple stumping before David Hooper was unfortunately run out backing up after Lucas Barker had struck the ball straight back at the bowler. Only Barker and Ben Ferbrache managed to put together a double-figure partnership after those involving Wright before a stunning diving catch from wicketkeeper Daniel Weston accounted for the latter. The last six wickets fell for just 15 runs in the space of 23 balls with Hamid Wardak doing much of the damage in wrapping up the tail, taking four wickets as the Greens were bowled out for 117. Guernsey needed to make early inroads at the start of the German reply to stand a chance of victory, but Tom Kimber failed to hold onto a chance off Weston diving to his left in Will Peatfield’s first over. Both Weston and Mudassar Muhammad smashed a four and a six apiece in the powerplay before Tom Veillard struck to remove the left-hander. Vijayshankar  Chikkannaiah joined Muhammad to add 37 for the second wicket in good time as the game started to get away from Guernsey. The hosts desperately needed a spark and they got it in the ninth over when, the ball after an excellent bit of teamwork between Matt Stokes and Hooper saved a couple of runs, Hooper pouched a catch on the deep square-leg boundary to remove Chikkannaiah. Having picked up that wicket, Ant Stokes struck in his next over, trapping Muhammad leg before wicket. Suddenly Guernsey’s tails were up and a diving stop from Luke Le Tissier resulted in a mix up between the batsmen that saw Ganesan run out cheaply shortly afterwards. But Meschede was still there and never looked flustered. Twice in the 15th over he deposited Veillard into the 3G as Germany closed in on victory, although they were to lose Harmonjot Singh to a run out just before they reached three figures due to another hesitation. Amir Mangal and Meschede decided to take running out of the equation, though, and virtually finished it in boundaries as Guernsey paid the price for not scoring another 25 runs.