Inter Insular #67 2019

Played at KGV

on Saturday 31st August 2019

Guernsey won the toss and elected to bat

Jersey won by 5 wickets

Umpires: R Veillard (G), H Kearns (J), 3rd M Savage (G)

Scorers: J Mountford (G), G Kearns (J)

Man of the match C Bisson (J)

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‘Versatile gloveman Martin named in 14-man squad’ Guernsey Evening Press

Muratti goalkeeper Jason Martin returns behind the stumps in this Saturday’s Odey Wealth Trophy Inter-Insular at the KGV. Martin has been named in a 14-man squad which includes recalled batsman Tim Ravenscroft and spinning ll-rounder Tom Kirk. Head coach Ash Wright said that having a few ‘old faces’ back has both energised the group and made selection very hard. ‘We have some very good players not even in the 14 and this bodes well for the future as a fight for places will hopefully push players to perform to even higher standards. There are a couple of players with niggles so the starting XI will not be chosen until Friday night’

Squad: Ollie Newey (c), Jason Martin, Luke Le Tissier, Josh Butler, Tim Ravenscroft, Will Peatfield, Matt Stokes, Ben Ferbrache, Tom Kirk, Jordon Martel, Tom Veillard, Lucas Barker, Nick Buckle, Dave Hooper.

The Jersey Cricket Board have selected the following players:

Harrison Carlyon, Nicholas Ferraby, Nicholas Greenwood, Jonty Jenner, Dominic Blampied, Corey Bisson, Anthony Hawkins-Kay, Rhys Palmer, Charles Perchard, Elliot Miles, William Robertson, Daniel Birrell, Zak Tribe

‘Wright aims to sign off with win over Jersey’         by Gareth Le Prevost       GEP

Guernsey have added incentive to regain the Inter-Insular Trophy on Saturday as a farewell resent for Ash Wright. The GCB’s head of cricket has announced that he is heading back to England in the autumn once he has completed his fourth season in the island and he wants to leave having tasted success over Jersey.

‘I’m going back to Sussex. I’m mainly doing batting coaching in the pathways at Sussex,’ said Wright yesterday. ‘This is my fourth year here. There was still potential to stay on for the next year. But an opportunity has come up for me and I think it’s time for the team to have a change. One thing that has always been a bugbear for me has been these inter-insulars, so Saturday’s massive. It would be great to get a win under my belt – I’ve yet to win one.’

Wright has named a strong 14-man squad for the game, boosted by the return to representative cricket for former pro Tim Ravenscroft, the in-form Tom Kirk and the wicketkeeper Jason Martin. They will be led in an inter-insular for the first time by Ollie Newey. Jersey have won the last two editions of the 50-over match, with Guernsey’s most recent win coming in 2015 under the coaching guidance of Nic Pothas. ‘With this squad I feel very confident that we are going to play some good cricket. The lads will definitely be up for it,’ Wright said. ‘It would be a very nice way to sign off. If I looked at my whole time being here, I’m really pleased with what’s happened through the youth system and developing individual players to get to where they are and I think it was a massive achievement to get to where we went in the ICC tournament. The biggest thing for me is the inter-insular. It is almost the pinnacle now. If we sign off with a win then that would be awesome.’

Jersey missing key players but fired up for Inter Insular Trophy – ITV news

Jersey’s cricketers head to Guernsey for Saturday’s 50-over inter-insular aiming to make it 10 match wins in a row against their rivals. But they will be without four of the squad who helped the island win the T20 World Cup Europe Final earlier this summer, including senior players Ben Stevens and Jake Dunford, who are both injured. Young bowler Julius Sumerauer is also carrying a knock, while Ben Ward – who starred with the bat as they secured their spot in the T20 World Cup Global Qualifier – is also unavailable. Danny Birrell, Nick Greenwood and Zak Tribe come in as Jersey look to extend their winning streak over Guernsey at the KGV.

Since the Sarnians last lifted the Inter Insular Trophy in 2015, Neil MacRae’s side have won that fixture twice before completing back-to-back 3-0 series wins in the new T20 Inter-Insular Cup and beating the hosts in the opening game of the tournament in June.

Jersey’s players have a busy end to the year to look forward to, including the T20 Qualifier in the UAE in October and the first stage of the newly-created World Cup Challenge League which will see them play against five other teams in Hong Kong in November and December.

‘We’ve got a few niggles that we’re working with, which hopefully will be fine within the next month, but aren’t going to be for this weekend. But we still think we’ve got a strong squad, it’s a great opportunity for some players to come into an inter-insular who didn’t get a chance in the Guernsey tournament to show what they can do. Also, we’ve got a lot of inter-insular experience within the squad anyway so we’re fired up for a big game away from home on Saturday.’ said Neil Macrae, Jersey Head Coach.

Preview

‘Underdogs have belief says Wright’      by Gareth Le Prevost       GEP

Old faces provide a new look for Guernsey as they aim to regain the inter-insular trophy at the KGV tomorrow. The island squad has been boosted by the availability of some top players as, for the first time in years, the annual clash with Jersey stands as the sole focus with no ICC tournament on the horizon for the Sarnians. As coach Ash Wright explained, that has allowed cricketers who are unable to make the considerable commitment required for international events to play themselves into contention for the inter-insular via domestic competition and seen recalls for Griffins pair Tom Kirk and Jason Martin’s well as former pro Tim Ravenscroft.

‘We’ve always just wanted to play the best team we can get available but at different times, depending on what tournaments we’ve had, it required different efforts to get back into the team’, Wright said . It’s a one-off game so it’s a lot less commitment for people, which in turn meant more people were available for this one. If we end up with an ICC tournament (after an inter-insular) which requires more time to get ready for, then less people are available. I’m really pleased with the squad. It is potentially one of the best squads I have been able to put out, there’s a lot of belief around us, we are still the underdogs, but like always we are trying to do as much as we can to get on that field and give Jersey a good game.’

Wright also pointed to the cricket knowledge the likes of Ravenscroft and Kirk will bring to the group, which should prove helpful to Guernsey 50 over captain Ollie Newey, who took on the role at the start of 2018 but has had his opportunity to lead the island limited by the concentration on T20 cricket over the subsequent 18 months. ‘It’s been hard work for Ollie’, Wright said. ‘When we gave him the captaincy, as always happens, the ICC ended up changing the rules and we’re not playing any 50-over cricket. It will be a big day for Ollie as well because what always comes with the lack of captaincy is that he’s a 50-over batter and he hasn’t had much 50-over cricket. When you look at Ollie’s stats I think the last tournament we played in 50-over cricket he was our top run scorer. The nice thing for Ollie is he has got some really good sport there. Having Tim back is massive, TK and a few more people around with a cricketing brain and have a bit more support, it’s nice to go into a game, look at your team and think ‘this is a really good team, we’ve got a really good chance here.’

Guernsey named a squad of 14 for the game to give themselves both options and cover, although Wright admitted in midweek that he and the team management have an XI in mind. ‘We’ve pretty much got our plan A, then depending on what happens on the day – bat first, bat second etc. – then we’ve got some flexibility in there, he said. The one thing with all our batting line-ups, when you look at it, whoever plays we pretty much bat down to 11. It’s just about people on the day playing with that intent and looking to score within their game plans and then we need a couple of batters to go big -20s and 30s don’t win you games. The big thing for us with the batters is, whatever number you go in, play the way you play, but if you get in you’ve got to go big and win us the game.’

Wright, who announced this week that he will be returning to Sussex at the end of the season, joked that he does not know the key to beating Jersey because he has not done it in his tenure. He describes the Caesareans as a ‘very good team’ but added that they are not unbeatable. ‘With this squad I feel very confident that we are going to play some good cricket. The lads will definitely be up for it. From being here I know the pinnacle is this inter-insular. For people from outside the island, including myself when I first got here because I just couldn’t get my head around it to be honest, it’s basically a friendly against your neighbouring island that’s got no ICC status or anything to it. Yet now, from being here, you can see how important it is to both myself and the players and everyone on the island. You win a game like that and everyone thinks you’re the best team in the world, you lose and everyone thinks you’re toilet. It’s your cup final. It will be a big day, hopefully we’ll get a lot of people down there, I know the lads are desperate to do well and they will put a good show on for us.’

Jersey go into the match without all-rounder Ben Stevens, fast bowler Julius Sumerauer and wicketkeeper Jake Dunford due to injury, but they include newcomer Nick Greenwood who plays for Lancashire Seconds.

Match

‘Jersey turn the screw as Greens fall short with bat’        Gareth Le Prevost GEP

JERSEY continue to reign over Channel Islands cricket. The Reds retained the Inter-Insular Trophy with a five-wicket win at the KGV on Saturday as they made short work of chasing down a revised target of 177 in 40 overs after the rain arrived during the lunch interval after they had bowled Guernsey out for 194.

There were quality half-centuries for both man-of-the-match Corey Bisson and debutant Nick Greenwood before Dom Blampied and Anthony Kay saw them over the line with 7.4 overs to spare to make it three 50-over victories in a row over the old enemy. As is so often the way in these matches, the home side were left pondering over a couple of ‘what ifs’, particularly that oh so common question of ‘what if we had scored just a few more runs?’ because after winning the toss and opting to bat, Guernsey got off to just the sort of start they would have hoped for. Bar a couple of confident LBW appeals from Will Robertson – one against either opening batsman – which left umpire Heath Kearns unmoved, Matt Stokes and Josh Butler both looked confident and comfortable as they defended solidly and made the most of any bad balls that came along. Stokes’ first boundary, a sublime cover drive off Anthony Kay in the second over, set the tone for a fine knock from the Guernsey No. 1.

Matt Stokes crashes a cover drives in his fine innings

He would add a crunching cut and a ‘flamingo’ shot through square leg to his tally during the powerplay while Butler clipped one through midwicket and stroked a textbook on drive for fours as Guernsey went at fours for the first 10. Progress was quite serene until spin was introduced to the attack. Although the Sarnian openers brought up their 50 partnership in the 12th over, Dom Blampied struck in that same ‘set’ as he had Butler LBW for 20.

Butler looks up and asks ‘Why did I play that sweep shot’ as he is given out LBW

Guernsey skipper Ollie Newey did not last long, bowled when he missed an attempt to dab a straight ball from Blampied in his next over, but it was the third-wicket stand between Stokes and Tim Ravenscroft that looked set to shape the course of the game.

Ollie Newey pays the penalty for not playing straight

Whenever Ravenscroft is at the crease, the scoreboard naturally ticks along at a decent rate and Stokes was happy to rotate the strike and allow his No. 4 a good amount of the strike. The former pro gave one half chance – only because Jonty Jenner was the solitary fielder in either side capable of getting his fingertips to the ball as he flew high to his right at midwicket – and the one time he took on Elliot Miles, advancing down the track and lofting over extra cover for four, brought the most applause of the innings.

Tim Ravenscroft pulls powerfully for a boundary

Ravenscroft was really looking in the mood – which made his dismissal for 25 all the more frustrating for the batsman and disappointing for the supporters. His eyes lit up when Chuggy Perchard dished up a half-volley and he hit his drive with great authority but managed to pick out Kay at extra cover, who had the choice of either catching it or wearing it. A yard either side would have surely been four, but as it was Guernsey were 92 for 3 in the 24th. From then on, Jersey had their tails up and turned the screw in the second half of the innings.

Stokes brought up his classy half-century in the 28th over as he and Ben Ferbrache started building a partnership, but in an attempt to push on Ferbrache was hit on the full as he attempted a sweep off Blampied and was out LBW.

Ben Ferbrache gets his leg over

Tom Kirk soon chipped a low return catch to Miles and just after Guernsey brought up their 150, main man Stokes departed for an excellent 74 as he nicked one off Rhys Palmer and Harrison Carlyon did the rest. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with each incoming batsman making a few but not the decisive contribution they were looking for. Luke Le Tissier was trapped in front when attempting to reverse sweep Palmer then Jason Martin, who timed the ball nicely on occasion, sliced a simple catch to Miles at short third man off the same bowler. Palmer added a fourth scalp when Will Peatfield skied one up to the safe hands of Kay in the covers and in the search of runs in the final over, David Hooper was run out with one ball remaining in the innings. As the players made their way into lunch in between innings, the rain started to fall and the resumption of play was delayed long enough for Jersey to lose 10 overs of batting time. They were set a revised target of 177 and, bar the loss of Harrison Carlyon in the opening over, their reply got off to a flier. Having already fired five wides down the leg side, Will Peatfield had Carlyon thump a lovely straight drive back past him for four before the opener was given out caught behind down the leg side – the fielding side very confident in their appeal but the batsman looked aggrieved as he departed. Jersey were barely affected by that early wicket, though, as Bisson joined Nick Ferraby in rattling off a rapid second-wicket stand of 45 in seven overs having been incredibly 34 for 1 after just two overs. That meant that Guernsey could not apply any real pressure for the rest of the run chase unless they took clusters of wickets as the run-rate was not an issue.

Tom Kirk tries hard to pick up a wicket

The home side were buoyed when Ferraby went after Kirk’s off spin and holed out to Butler at deep square leg, which was the catalyst for Newey to reintroduce Peatfield into the attack and he immediately plucked Jonty Jenner’s off stump out of the ground for a golden duck.

The best moment for Will Peatfield as he removes Jenner comprehensively first ball

Pretty impressive celebration from Will Peatfield

At 55 for 3, Guernsey sensed they might have a chance, but that quickly ebbed away as Greenwood joined Bisson in a commanding stand of 75. Bisson hit six fours in his excellent 57, but the highlight was his lofted off-drive that clattered into the 3G fence for six.

He eventually fell to a Peatfield bumper that he miscued straight up in the air for Stokes to take a simple catch, but Greenwood continued the good work until he reached his half-century. Luke Le Tissier did pick up the newcomer’s wicket caught at mid-off with 32 runs still required, but Blampied and Kay knocked those off without alarm.

{All pictures by kind permission of Martin Gray}

Guernsey captain Ollie Newey:

‘Disappointed to lose obviously. Breaking it down, batting I thought we approached it quite well today but maybe ended up 25 short, maybe slightly more after the start we had. But there were certainly some good signs there in the way we approached that and a great knock from Stokesy, A couple of the lads got starts and maybe could have gone on to get 40s or 50s. Looking at the second innings, the rain obviously became a factor but we felt with 40 overs and 177 to defend we just needed to get a decent start and it didn’t happen – those first three overs killed us to be honest. I think they were 39 for 1 after three overs so they were always ahead in the game. I thought we showed some fight, took a couple of wickets and almost had sniffs of getting back in the game, but in the end I think that start just killed us. Stokesy’s job today was to bat through the innings. He didn’t quite get there in the end, but a fantastic knock from him, he looked brilliant out there.’

Jersey captain Chuggy Perchard:

‘I actually think we got the better of the conditions, to be honest. We lost the toss, Guernsey elected to have a bat on a deteriorating wicket, so it seemed like a good idea at the time, but rain in the interval I think made the ball come on  bit better in the second innings and that really helped our batters. Pretty clinical by our guys overall, so happy to get the job done. Really happy [to keep them under 200). Fifty over cricket is quite a different game to T20 and we have played a lot of T20 recently, so we just tried to bore them down basically in the middle overs, keep bowling as many tight overs as we could and keep waiting for mistakes, they eventually came so we were able to build pressure that way. We’ve got a quality spin attack. All these boys, every game, they are super reliable. Rhys [Palmer) came into the side for his first run-out in a while and really hit his straps taking four wickets – it was fantastic to see him come in and do such a great job.’

[Ed – The 4th wicket partnership of 75 by C Bisson and N Greenwood broke the previous record of 72 held for 40 years by S Burrows and T Forster.]