Jersey and Austria register wins on the opening day of quadrangular series

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Jersey and Austria registered victory on the first day of the four-nation T20I series at Dreux on Thursday (May 5). Charlotte Miles’ unbeaten 39 helped Jersey secure a win by seven wickets while Mahadewa Pathirannehelage’s five-wicket haul helped Austria beat Spain by 35 runs.

Playing their first international match since 2019, Jersey won the toss and opted to bowl first against France. Captain Chloe Greechan found an early breakthrough as she bowled opener, Tara Britton, for two. France’s captain Marie Emmanuelle Violleau didn’t last long, and she was bowled by Erin Duffy for one. Opener Alix Brodin survived the powerplay, but she was caught by Greechan off Trinity Smith for three. 

From the precarious position of 17 for three in the 7th over, France needed someone to rebuild the innings. Poppy Mcgeown and Pooja Ganesh formed a partnership of 20 runs for the fourth wicket. Once Mcgeown was trapped in front of Erin Gouge for 17, Pooja (21) found a partner in Lydie Wykes-Templeman (17). The pair added 43 runs for the fifth wicket. By the end of the first innings, Frace were 87 for five. 

In reply, openers Maria da Rocha and Miles got off to a rapid start in the powerplay. Da Rocha scored 20 off 22 balls including two boundaries before Violleau shook Jersey with two wickets immediately after the powerplay. Greechan joined Miles in the seventh over when Jersey needed 46 runs in 13 overs. Miles was the pick of the batters as she scored 39 runs in the chase off 32 balls including five boundaries. 

Greechan was run-out on 16 when Jersey needed just six runs, and Miles remained unbeaten to ensure the victory for Jersey against the hosts in the first match.

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In the second match of the day, Austria won the toss and opted to bat against Spain. Busra Uca and Grandhali Bapat got off a good start in the powerplay for Austria. Bapat was the first wicket to fall as Simranjit Grang Kaur bowled Bapat for 10. Uca followed the suit when she departed in the very next over after scoring 10 runs. Jo-Antoinette Stiglitz walked in at three and helped rebuild the innings. 

Rabia Ahmed Iqbal took three wickets, including Stiglitz, to keep Spain in the contest. Once Stiglitz was dismissed in the 15th over, none of the batters could add much to the score. Spain, playing their first-ever T20I, were wayward in their bowling as they conceded 47 runs in extras. Austria scored 127 in the first innings after losing seven wickets. 

Chasing 128 for a win, Spain lost Uswa Syed for a duck in the first over. Captain Elspeth Fowler and Amy Brown-Carrera formed a solid partnership of 47 runs for the second wicket. Soujanya Bangalore Chanmundaiah broke the budding partnership as Brown-Carrera was stumped by Bapat for 12. Bangalore Chanmundaiah removed the Spainsh captain in her next over to reduce their opponent to 61 for three.

Mahadewa Pathirannehelage took five wickets, including four in her final over of the day to dismantle Spain’s lower-middle order. S Bangalore Chanmundaiah supported her with two wickets as Austria won by 35 runs to start their campaign.  

Brief Scores:

France 87 for 5 in 20 overs (Ganesh Pooja 21, Poppy Mcgeown 17; Chloe Greechan 2/13) lost to Jersey 90 for 3 in 12.3 overs (Charlie Miles 39*, Maria Da Rocha 20; Marie Emmanuelle Violleau 2/23) by seven wickets 

Austria 127 for 7 in 20 overs (Jo-Antoinette Stiglitz 29, Grandhali Bapat 10; Rabia Ahmed Iqbal 3/25) beat Spain 92 all out in 18.5 overs (Elspeth Fowler 26, Amy Brown-Carrera 12; Mahadewa Pathirannehelage 5/16) by 35 runs