Notwithstanding a fiery century from Alex Amsterdam, Jersey pulled off a thrilling one-run win over USA in their ICC WCL Division 4 contest at the Wong Cricket Field in Woodley Park, Los Angeles, on Friday (November 4).
After Jersey was bundled out for 249 in 48.2 overs, the USA looked in control of the run chase but faltered in the dying moments to finish on 248 for 8 from 50 overs. This was Jersey’s second win in five games, and the USA’s second loss in as many.
After winning the toss, Jersey put on a healthy total on the back of half-centuries from Nat Watkins (69 from 57 balls) and Jonty Jenner (57 from 53 balls). Fine bowling performances from Timroy Allen (3 for 52) and Prashanth Nair (3 for 42) were largely responsible for restricting the score.
In response, USA got off to a lukewarm start, losing three for 60 but a 88-run stand between Akeem Dodson and Amsterdam saw it get back in contention. Amsterdam’s 102 came from 92 deliveries with eight fours and a six. But once he was dismissed by Robert McBey in the 46th over, the game was as good as done. Charles Perchard and Watkins finished with three wickets apiece for Jersey.
Oman v Denmark
In a low-scoring game at the Severn Cricket Field in Woodley Park, Khawar Ali turned out to be the hero for Oman as his side notched up a 43-run win over Denmark.
Khawar, who made 74 to guide Oman to 189 all out in 46.4 overs after Denmark asked it to bat, did the star turn with the ball too, picking up five wickets to bowl the opponents out for 146 from 34 overs.
Denmark, who had won three out of four coming into the contest, was in charge of proceedings early on as Basit Javed (4 for 32), Aftab Ahmed (4 for 30) and Bashir Shah (2 for 31) sliced through Oman’s line-up.
In response, Denmark never got going as Oman’s bowling, led by Khawar’s 5 for 37 and supported by Amir Ali’s 2 for 10, put a lid on the chase to hand Oman its fourth win in five games.
Italy v Bermuda
Basement-dwellers Italy posted its first win in the tournament as it got the better of Bermuda at the Wright Cricket Field in Woodley Park.
Asked to bat, Italy compiled a respectable 228 for 8 from 50 overs. Bermuda’s chase meandered before coming to a halt on 203 for 9 from 50 overs.
It was Manpreet Singh’s 45 from 68 balls that laid the foundation for Italy’s batting display. It was also helped along by cameos from Joy Perera (39 from 30 balls) and Fida Hussain (30 from 26 balls).
Bermuda’s response wasn’t up to scratch against the likes of Charanjeet Singh (4 for 24), Supun Wanigaratne (2 for 31) and Carl Sandri (2 for 48), as it slumped to its third defeat in five games.