Unbeaten Jersey make it four-in-four to win Quadrangular T20I trophy in France

Jersey team with the trophy © Jersey Cricket

Jersey won the T20I Quadrangular series in France as they finished the tournament with four wins from their four matches. In their fourth game, Trinity Smith hit her second fifty in the competition to help Jersey beat the hosts by six wickets at the Dreux Sport Cricket Club on Saturday (May 7). In the second match of the day, Austria thumped Spain by 48 runs to register their second win.

France vs Jersey

Opting to bowl first, Erin Gough got Jersey off to a good start when she ran Alix Brodin out for a solitary run. G Pooja and Poppy McGeown added 34 runs for the second wicket before the former had to walk back courtesy of another run out.

From 40 for 2, McGeown took France to 93 in the company of Tara Britton. In the 17th over, Britton departed when she became the third France batter to get out to a run out.

However, despite Jersey ending the 53-run partnership, McGeown continued on her ways and she found a good partner in skipper Maria Violleau. The duo took France to 125 for 5 in their stipulated 20 overs.

Violleau played an important cameo of 20 from just 11 balls while McGeown became the first France player to score a T20I fifty. She remained unbeaten on 50 off 57 balls.

For Jersey, Erin Duffy was the best bowler with figures of one for 22 in four overs.

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In the chase, Jersey found themselves in early trouble when they lost Maria da Rocha and Lily Greig in the first over. Cindy Breteche had da Rocha caught behind by Maelle Cargouet for a two-ball duck. She then removed Greig with the final ball of the over.

At one stage, Jersey were reeling at 33 for four in the seventh over losing two more wickets in Chloe Greechan and Mia Maguire.

However, Charles Miles finally found a good company in Smith and they got Jersey back on track. Smith’s innings was stroke-filled as she had ten hits to the fence in her fifty.

Eventually, Jersey reached the target in the 17th over with Miles remaining not out on 33 off 39 balls and Smith was unbeaten on 56 from 40 balls.

Austria vs Spain

In the second match of the day, put into bat, Australia amassed a formidable total against novices Spain thanks to contributions from Mahadewa Pathirannehelage and Jo-Antoinette Stiglitz.

Coming together at 32 for 2 in the final over of the power play, Pathirannehelag and Stiglitz added 110 runs for the third wicket even as Spain struggled with their line and length. The Espana side gave away 58 runs in extras in their first international series.

Cashing in on Spain’s inexperience, the duo made merry and eventually helped Austria finish on 165 for 6 from their stipulated 20 overs. For Spain, Amy Brown-Carrera was the best bowler with figures of two for 29 from her four overs.

In reply, Spain started well with Elspeth Fowler and Brown-Carrera trying their best to match Austria. But it was too steep a hill to climb for them even as they added 72 runs for the second wicket in 10.5 overs.

Once skipper Fowler departed for 44 in the 15th over, Spain’s innings meandered to a finish. Only 23 runs came from 31 balls post her dismissal. For Austria,  Valentina Avdylaj gave away only 14 runs from her four overs while picking up the all important wicket of Fowler.

Both teams will meet the hosts France in their final fixtures on the last day of the tournament on May 8.

Brief Scores:

France 125/5 in 20 overs (Poppy McGeown 50*, Marie Violleau 20; Erin Duffy 1/22) lost to Jersey 126/4 in 16.4 overs (Trinity Smith 56*, Charles Miles 33*; Cindy Breteche 2/18) by six wickets

Austria 165/6 in 20 overs (Mahadewa Pathirannehelage 49, Jo-Antoinette Stiglitz 36*; Amy Brown-Carrera 2/29) beat Spain 117/2 in 20 overs (Elspeth Fowler 44, Amy Brown-Carrera 31*; Valentina Avdylaj 1/14) by 48 runs