Aslam the star as U19s beat Jersey
Jersey U19 113 all out, 38.3 overs (Elliot Miles 33, William Harris 28; Harris Aslam 5-29) Scotland U19 113 for three, 14.4 overs (Ben Wilkinson 38, Syed Shah 31 not out; Harrison Carlyon 1-14) Scotland U19 won by 7 wickets (D/L)
Scotland made it four wins out of five - and kept their hopes of winning the event alive - by beating hosts Jersey in Pepsi ICC Europe Division One on Friday.
At Les Quennevais, Scotland put in their most convincing performance of the week to win comfortably and in the process get the run rate up which may be crucial come the end of the Saturday if they are to go on and clinch top spot in the four team event.
They take on Ireland, who are currently unbeaten, in their final match.
Of course the winners of the tournament will automatically qualify for next year’s under-19 World Cup while the team that finishes second will get another chance to qualify later in the year.
On Friday, Scotland bowled first and - despite a long rain shower mid-innings which shortened proceedings - the bowlers never lost focus and kept Jersey under pressure.
Scott Cameron took the first wicket in the fourth over and then everyone chipped in.
Cameron ended up with 1-31 while Mohammad Ghaffar bowled very tightly to take 1-10.
Ben Wilkinson took 1-15 and Ryan Brown and Mitchell Rao also took one wicket apiece - but Mazars Grange’s Harris Aslam was the main man.
He finished with 5-29 and has had a brilliant few days, Jersey being 113 all out.
Wilkinson then opened the batting for Scotland with Jack Waller and although the latter only made seven this time, the former’s 38 from 34 balls set the tone.
Aslam then hit 16 off 15 balls and Syed Shah 31 not out off 23 balls as the Scots won by seven wickets within 15 overs.
Head coach Gordon Drummond said: “I wanted the team to take the game by the scruff of the neck and they did just that. They bowled very well and did not let the rain delay affect them while the batsmen went out and scored runs quickly which is just what was required. Saturday.”
Star man Aslam said: “It is what you dream of when you are young, taking wickets for your country so to be able to take five in one match is just brilliant.
“The seamers have been bowling really well up top all week and that has allowed us spinners to take advantage of the good pitches and we have managed to snap up a few wickets.
“When we lost to Ireland earlier in the week we did not panic and the guys kept their heads up and have since recorded good wins over the Netherlands and Jersey.
“We just need to give everything in the Ireland game on Saturday and see how things end up.”
As mentioned, next up for the young Scots is Ireland in the decider at Grainville on Saturday