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02-Apr-2023 05:06:00 GMT
2023 ICC CWC qualifier play-off, Windhoek

Jersey stun PNG to seal a thrilling victory

Jersey< 291 for 4 (Tribe 115*, Lawrenson 114, Soper 2-40) beat Papua New Guinea 280 for 9 (Vala 75, Hekure 58, Miles 2-35) by 11 runs

Windhoek: Opting to bat first, Jersey had a solid enough start, with an opening stand of 34. But they would lose both their openers in relative quick succession, with a big task ahead for the middle-order.

And Asa Tribe and Josh Lawrenson did exactly that. The pair would embark on a mammoth stand which gave Jersey a real hope of posting a competitive total. Both notched up impressive tons as Jersey ended up posting total of 291/4.

Tribe scored 115 off 143 deliveries while Lawrenson contributed 114 off 105 deliveries, with their stand lasting for 232 runs. Chad Soper (2/40 was the pick of the bowlers for PNG.

The match would then turn out to be an absolute thriller, going down to the final over. Jersey were determined in their efforts to get their first points on the board, not allowing the PNG batters to settle in.

For PNG, skipper Assad Vala played a vital knock of 75 but it wasn't enough. Riley Hekure (58) and Charles Amini (51) also contributed to the cause but Jersey were always ahead of the curve. Vala's men would eventually fall short by 11 runs as Jersey finally had a win on the board.

For Jersey, it was a collective bowling effort as Harrison Carlyon, Charles Perchard, Elliot Miles and Julius Sumeerauer all scalped up two wickets each.

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