U19s make it 2 out of 2 against Jersey

13 Jul

Scotland U19 208/9, (44 overs) Haris Aslam 41 not out, Benjamin Wilkinson 38; Elliot Miles 6-42 beat Jersey U19 161 all out, (39.5 overs) James Duckett 42, Paul Hickling 22; Mitchell Rao 4-36
by 47 runs

Scotland dug in to secure their second successive win in Pepsi ICC Europe Division One, this time against Jersey on Sunday. 

Batting first at Grainville in a match that was eventually reduced to 44-overs-per-side after rain showers, Scotland lost Jack Waller early and when captain Neil Flack was out for 22 in the 16th over they were 61-2. 

Syed Shah, who had scored a 50 in the opening win over the Netherlands, then went for 30 before Ben Wilkinson and Fin McCreath put on 54 for the fourth wicket. 

However, once Wilkinson had gone for 38 another three wickets fell quickly and Haris Aslam had to rebuild the innings. 

He showed poise and maturity to make 41 not out from 40 balls and number 11 Cameron Sloman made 11 not out as the Scots posted 208-9.

Elliot Miles, later named man of the match, took 6-42 for Jersey.

Mohammad Ghaffar bowled beautifully up top for Scotland in Jersey’s reply to get rid of both openers and reduce the hosts to 32-2. 

Spinner Aslam then bowled Jersey captain Solomon Warner for 20 and that gave the Scots a real boost. 

Mitchell Rao, who had played well against the Netherlands 24-hours earlier, then took two wickets with his spin and Jersey were in a spot of bother on 99-5. 

Rao continue on his merry way - taking the wickets of Robert and James Duckett, the latter top scoring with 42 - and then Scott Cameron cleaned up the tail with three scalps. 

Jersey were eventually 161 all out as Scotland won, Rao finishing with 4-36 and Cameron 3-20. 

Scotland head coach Gordon Drummond said:  “This match showed us that every encounter this week will be tough. 

“Jersey really put everything into it, but credit to my players who rose to the challenge. 

“To score over 200 was a bonus and then the bowlers took to the field and were pretty disciplined from the off. 

“We know that it was not a perfect performance by any means, but to end the first weekend with two wins from two is pleasing and now we can build and kick on from here.” 

Grange’s Aslam, who pushed Jersey’s Miles close for the man of the match award, said:  “I think this match really showed our team spirit. 

“We lost a few wickets early on, but we know that we bat right down to number 11 so when I came to the crease I didn’t panic and I just tried to play my natural game. The wicket was quite tricky, but you got value for your shots and I just waited for the bad ball.

“I was given good support by the guys below me in the order, especially Cameron Sloman, and to get the team over 200 was really good. 

“As a team we then bowled well to get the win and now we will enjoy our rest day and get ready for the rest of the tournament.” 

Next up for the young Scots is Ireland at FB Fields on Tuesday

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