Jersey register third win of the quadrangular series

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Trinity Smith’s all-round display along with a half-century from Charlotte Miles helped Jersey register their third victory of the T20I quadrangular series at Dreux on Friday (May 6). 

In the first match of the day, Spain won the toss against Jersey and opted to bowl first. Jersey’s openers Maria Da Rocha and Charlotte Miles were sent packing early as Spain took two wickets inside four overs. Spanish bowling attack further skittled Jersey when Lily Greig was dismissed for nine off 10 deliveries in the fifth over. Captain Chloe Greechan and wicket-keeper Mia Maguire tried to revive the innings and took Jersey past 50. 

Tashiba Mirza took a catch off Jaspreet Grang Kaur to end Greechan’s supporting innings of 14. Right-handed batter Trinity Smith joined Maguire in the ninth over. The pair added an unbeaten partnership of 119 runs for the fifth wicket. Maguire scored 44 off 48 runs including three boundaries. Smith, playing her second T20 international, scored her maiden half-century. She hit 59 off 43 balls including eight fours. 

Jersey scored 175 runs in the first innings after losing four wickets. Uswa Syed, Brown-Carrera, and Kaur took a wicket each for Spain. 

In reply, Spain got off to a steady start as Jersey could not take a wicket in the powerplay. The opening pair, Spain’s captain Elspeth Fowler and Syed, added 38 runs. Olive Smith bowled Syed to break the partnership on the final ball of the eighth over. Brown-Carrera only lasted for a ball and became Rosa Mary Hill’s first wicket of the match. Fowler stood tall amongst the downfall as Spain lost Kaur for 11 in the 16th over. 

Fowler scored 29 off 46 balls, but once she was run out by the combined efforts of Charlie Miles and Maria Da Rocha, none of the Spanish batters could add much to the total. After a brilliant outing with the bat, Smith took two wickets to show her all-round talent. Spain scored 108 for six in 20 overs, and Jersey registered another win in the quadrangular series. 

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In the second match, Jersey won the toss and opted to bat first against Austria with Miles and Da Rocha opening the batting. The pair added a century partnership in the 14th over with Da Rocha contributing 46 off 45 balls. Off-spinner Priya Sabu trapped Da Rocha to end the mammoth partnership. Greig joined Miles in the 14th over and kept the scoreboard ticking.

Greig scored 20 off 14 balls and added 53 runs in a partnership with Miles to take Austria past 150. Mahadewa Pathirannehelage bowled Greig in the 18th overs. Miles remained unbeaten and scored 57 off 59 balls including four boundaries. Jersey scored 167 in the first innings, their second highest score in the T20Is.

In reply, Uca and Bapat gave Austria a promising start with a partnership of 47 runs. Erin Gouge bowled Uca for 15 to break the partnership in the 10th over. Mallet struck twice in the 13th over to dismiss Bapat (24) and Mahadewa Pathirannehelage (0) within three balls. None of the Austrian batters added much to the score once top-order collapsed and Jersey won by 70 runs.

Brief Scores: 

Jersey 175 for four in 20 overs (Trinity Smith 59*, Mia Maguire 44*; Uswa Syed 1/20) beat Spain 108 for six in 20 overs (Elspeth Fowler 29, Uswa Syed 14; Trinity Smith: 2/18) by 67 runs

Jersey 167/2 in 20 overs (Charlotte Miles 57*, Maria Da Rocha 46; Mahadewa Pathirannehelage 1/21) beat Austria 97/7 in 20 overs (Grandhali Bapat 24, Büsra Uca 15; Georgia Mallet 3/14) by 70 runs