ICC World T20 European Finals Guernsey 2019

Guernsey v Norway

at King George V Sports Ground, Castel
on 19th June 2019
Toss won by Guernsey who elected to field
Rain delayed innings, reduced to 16 over match
Umpires: Heath Kearns, Adriaan van den Dries, 3rd Umpire Mary Waldron
Match Referee: Wayne Noon

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‘Hooper is the hosts’ hero’         by Gareth Le Prevost       GEP

DAVID HOOPER came up with the last-over heroics as Guernsey got off the mark in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Europe Final. Just when it looked as if the Sarnians were about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Norway as they left themselves needing 10 off the last over, the Griffins pair of Hooper and Luke Le Tissier saw them home with a ball to spare. Le Tissier had taken three off the first two balls of Walid Ghauri’s final over before Hooper swung a flat six over the despairing leap of the deep square-leg fielder to tie the scores with three deliveries remaining. They could then afford a dot ball before Hooper flat-batted a full toss back over the bowler for the winning single that left Norway as the only team without a win so far in the tournament. It was a deserved win for Guernsey, who had looked in control for the vast majority of the contest that had been reduced to 16 overs per side after a rain-delayed start. However, as the winning post came into view, they demonstrated all the signs of a batting unit understandably low on confidence as they stumbled rather than strode over the finish line. That they got there was all that mattered, though, and it was fitting that Hooper should win them the game as it had been his outstanding bowling spell on Tuesday against Denmark in a match that was ultimately abandoned which had rejuvenated the side. After Josh Butler had won the toss and opted to bowl, there was a discernible increase in enjoyment among the Guernsey fielders compared to previous performances in the competition as they creditably kept Norway below three figures. Jordon Martel was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 15, but all the attack did a decent job and there were wickets too for Ant Stokes, Will Peatfield, and Le Tissier as the Norwegians finished on 95 for 6 with left-hander Ghauri’s fine 38 the top score. Guernsey had the bonus of being on 8 without loss before a legal delivery was bowled in the reply as Prithvi Bhart opened with a succession of wides. With Matt Stokes picking up a hand injury in the field, Ash Wright opened with Josh Butler and the captain gave his side the start they required with a run-a-ball 36 including some quality forcing shots through the covers for four. After Wright and Lucas Barker, Butler was the third wicket to fall with the score on 66 in the 11th over. Thereafter, though, the mood became nervy as boundaries dried up and Guernsey took the game down to the wire. When Hooper smacked the sole six of the innings, though, they could breathe easier. Guernsey are due to face Denmark at 10.45am today, at the KGV as Tuesday’s washed out schedule gets fulfilled.