ICC WCL Division 5 Singapore 2012

Bahrain v Guernsey

Played at The Padang, Singapore

on Saturday 18th February 2012

50 over match

Bahrain won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires Steven Douglas (Bermuda) and Sri Ganesh (Singapore)
Match referee GF Labrooy (Sri Lanka)
Guernsey won by 9 wickets
Man-of-the-match JAJ Nussbaumer (Guernsey)

Bahrain innings    RunsBallsMins4s6sSR Guernsey bowlingOvMdnRunsWktsWNbSRER
†Shahzad AhmedcKimberbNussbaumer01000.0Nussbaumer611951173.2
Adnan ButtbNussbaumer151230125.0Renouf3018171186.0
Azeem ul HaquebNussbaumer150020.0Bisson3.51101--232.9
Ashraf YaqooblbwbRenouf150020.0Hooper10131-21.0
Adil HanifcLe PrevostbHooper10271037.0
Anasim KhanbNussbaumer280025.0
Tahir DarcRavenscroftbNussbaumer04000.0
Fahad SadeqbHooper116006.3
Naeem Aminnotout5510100.0
*Yaser SadeqcKimberbHooper01000.0
Zafar ZaheerbBisson01000.0
Extras (b1, lb0, w11, nb2)14
Total (in 13.5 overs)49
Fall of wickets
1-0(Ahmed),2-13(ul-Haque),3-19(Yaqoob),4-21(Butt),5-30(Khan),6-34(Dar),7-43(Hanif),8-44(F Sadeq),9-44(Y Sadeq),10-49(Zaheer)

Guernsey innings    RunsBallsMins4s6sSR Bahrain bowlingOvMdnRunsWktsWNbSRER
G H SmitcShahzad AhmedbYaser Sadeq13202065.0Yaser Sadeq501511-303.0
R Knellernotout14311045.2Anasim Khan2.501908-7.0
J D J Frithnotout8260030.8Naeem Amin501401-2.8
T J Ravenscroftdnb
*S E Le Prevostdnb
L B Ferbrachednb
D Hooperdnb
†T C R Kimberdnb
J A J Nussbaumerdnb
M J M Renoufdnb
S R M Bissondnb
Extras (b0, lb2, w13, nb0)15
Total (for 1 wkts in 12.5 overs)50
Fall of wickets


‘A great Green day’    by Rob Batiste

IT BEGAN before Guernsey folk had even woken and continued until almost dusk – the island’s teams winning from Singapore through to Footes Lane, via south London. In the early hours of Saturday morning Guernsey’s cricketers blitzed Bahrain in their opening World League Five clash in sweaty Singapore, by mid-afternoon the Green Lions had wrapped up another win on their surely inevitable title-winning debut campaign in the CCL, and the glorious treble was concluded with our rugby men slaughtering Portsmouth 53-0 to go top of the London One South table. Sporting Saturdays don’t get much better than that Jamie Nussbaumer was the star of the the show as far as the cricketers go, taking five for 19 as Bahrain were skittled for just 49, a target Guernsey rattled off in no time. ‘It’s always nice when the ball is jumping around a bit and I was just getting it into the right areas’ said the Guernsey paceman.

‘Bahrain blitzed by Nussbaumer burst’    by Gareth Le Prevost

IT WAS the perfect start, literally. From the first ball of the tournament on Saturday, Guernsey were on top against Bahrain as they banished any thoughts of a jinx against the side they had lost to on all three previous meetings in emphatic fashion at Singapore Cricket Club.  

Jamie Nussbaumer, now the senior seamer in the Sarnian squad, struck with his opening delivery, a rising short ball that Shahzad Ahmed gloved behind to wicketkeeper Tom Kimber. It took an age for the umpire to raise his finger, despite the obvious nature of the dismissal, but eventually the Bahrain opener was sent on his way and Guernsey did not look back. Nussbaumer was outstanding as he produced an opening six-over spell that was right on the money, making the most of a new ball that did a bit off the surface to claim five wickets in a man-of-the-match performance.  

He struck again with the first ball of his second over, cleaning up Azeem ul Haq, before young Matt Renouf got in on the act with a full, straight delivery that hit Ashraf Yaqoob on his front boot in front of the stumps as he tried to work it into the leg side. However, opener Adnan Butt, who had already bludgeoned three boundaries in a quick-fire 15, was the big wicket and both Nussbaumer and Guernsey captain Stuart Le Prevost can take a bow for a plan executed to perfection. The pair had a mid-over conference which resulted in square leg being pushed back to the boundary and fine leg coming up into the circle. With that change, Butt was obviously expecting a bouncer and had his weight on the back foot as Nussbaumer delivered a full, quick ball that hit the base of off stump and Bahrain were in trouble at 21 for four.

In the past, Guernsey have had the same opposition in similar positions only to see the Bahrain middle order recover the situation. However, this Sarnian outfit have evolved immeasurably since their last meeting in 2009 whereas Bahrain have apparently stood still with their batsmen seemingly unable to graft when in the mire – and it showed. Nussbaumer soon removed Anasim Khan with another ball that moved off the pitch and he then drew left-hander Tahir Dar into an expansive drive which he edged high to Tim Ravenscroft at second slip to complete his five-for.  

In the humidity, Nussbaumer’s six overs on the bounce were a fine effort, but David Hooper, his replacement from the pavilion end, picked up from where Nussbaumer had left off – and then some. Although he began with a wide, Hooper came up with the over of his life as he claimed three wickets for the cost of just that extra. Adil Hanif, the only other batsman to reach double figures, drove a catch straight to Le Prevost at extra cover and three balls later he got one to sneak through Fahad Sadeq’s defences. To finish off the over, Yaser Sadeq edged his first ball through to Kimber and Hooper was on a hat-trick. Unfortunately for him, he would not get the chance to bowl that hat-trick ball because Stuart Bisson, who had bowled well without reward up to that point, wrapped up the innings in the next over as he knocked over Zafar Zaheer’s castle.  

A target of 50 for victory posed few problems for Guernsey as they eased to victory in less than 13 overs for the loss of just one wicket. The man to fall was GH Smit, caught behind to a good ball from Yaser Sadeq, but Ross Kneller and Jeremy Frith saw their side home with no further scares.  The match was completed in under two hours and 10 minutes, just before the heavens opened spectacularly – perfect timing.