IT was a mixed day for Jersey’s junior cricket sides in their inter-insular matches at FB Fields.
The Island’s under-15s lost to Guernsey by five wickets, but the U13s and U11s eased to comprehensive victories over their Sarnian rivals.
The U15 match was played over 40 overs but Jersey found themselves all out with just 112 runs put on the board, with Eddie Rothwell leading the way with 32.
It did not take Guernsey too long to reel that in, despite losing four wickets in quick succession soon after they reached the half-century mark.
Meanwhile, Jersey’s U13s made extremely light work of their scheduled 30-over match, winning by seven wickets with more than 23 overs to spare.
Guernsey batted first but were all out for just 74 runs after only 23 overs of their own. Jersey captain Riley Brennan took four of the wickets for a loss of just nine runs. He then displayed his all-round capabilities to cap a fine individual performance by scoring 29 runs off just 25 balls. Oliver Ramage scored an unbeaten knock of 19 runs.
With the match ending so early, an impromptu ten-over match of eight balls each was arranged and Ed Hodgson scored a remarkable 74 runs off just 27 balls, helping Jersey to a first-innings score of 188/2, which was too much for Guernsey again. They replied with 90 runs.
The U11s were also scheduled to play 30 overs and the home side racked up a significant first-innings score of 239 runs,Robert Marks scoring 65 of them, for the loss of just three wickets. Guernsey could only muster 98 runs, losing all ten wickets in the process.
‘It was brilliant to get some inter-insular cricket back after three years,’ said Jersey coach Dom Blampied.
‘We would have liked to have come away with three wins but credit to Guernsey in the U15s. They outplayed us and they deserve the trophy but we’re delighted our U13s and U11s put on brilliant performances to win the trophies in their age groups.
‘In a few weeks’ time our U15s and U13s go to Kent, which will be a challenge. It’s nice for the U13s to go there on the back of their victory while the U15s have got things to learn from.’