Scotland U19s defeat Jersey in first WCQ match
Scotland U19 258-6 (50 overs) M English 77, R McLean 67, A Muir 50*, J Duckett 3-49 beat Jersey U19 208-9 (50 overs) by 50 runs
The Scotland U19s started their World Cup Qualifying campaign against Jersey in Voorburg on Friday (2 August).
Captain Ross McLean lost his first toss of the tournament as his opposite number elected to field first in conducive conditions for cricket.
Scotland shrugged off the loss of an early wicket as Ferguslie’s Michael English and Arbroath’s Ross McLean built a foundation to build on.
Both were diligent in their approach as they moved the score to 86/1 after the initial 23 overs. The captain was to reach a well-deserved half century as the innings reached the 30th over with the score on 118/1.
English was close behind and keen on taking the attack to Jersey as he cruised past 50 and with 15 overs remaining. The Scots found themselves on 151/1 with licence to open their shoulders and post a formidable score for Jersey to chase.
Two quick Jersey wickets regained some control as McLean was dismissed for 67 after 38 overs, although English was still at the crease on 70*.
He was only able to add another 7 to his score before he was dismissed with the score on 187/4 with 8 overs remaining.
The loss of another wicket would have concerned the Scottish camp as they strived towards a big total. Zander Muir then provided the fireworks smashing 34 to quickly accelerate the Scots to 224/5.
The runs kept flowing for Muir as he became the third Scotland player to reach 50 as he remained unbeaten and the innings closed on 258/5 from 50 overs. Seam bower James Duckettt was the pick of the Jersey bowlers with figures of 3/39.
Jersey lost an early wicket and after the initial 6 overs they found themselves on 16/1. Wickets kept falling as another two were claimed before the 15th over as Jersey had progressed to 44/3.
Jersey needed another 198 from the final 30 overs with 7 wickets remaining if they were to beat the Scotland outfit.
Wicket-keeper Callum Rabet and Jonty Jenner, who is part of the Sussex youth set-up, put on a solid partnership for Jersey as they reached 92 at the half way point.
However, once Rabet (45) had been dismissed, and Jenner made his 50 before immediately losing his wicket. Scotland held their nerve and bowled with discipline to put the required run-rate out of reach.
Despite some good batting from Alexander Cooke, who made 37, Jersey eventually ended up on 208/9 from their 50 overs to give Scotland their first win of the campaign.