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Jersey beat Singapore in opener

Peter Gough
Gough was man of the match after scoring 69 runs

Jersey beat Singapore by 93 runs in their opener in the World Cricket League Division Five Tournament.

Singapore won the toss and put Jersey in to bat, where they made 189 all out in the last over of the innings.

Opening batsman Peter Gough was top scorer for the home side with 69, while Meeku Patidar scored 21 runs from 32 balls. Anish Param took 3-21.

Singapore managed just 96 in reply, the island team bowling them all out in 41.4 overs, Tony Carlyon took 4-12.

It's so important in these tournaments to get off to a good start

Jersey captain Matt Hague
Steve Carlyon was the first wicket to fall, when he was given out leg before wicket from a good ball from Singapore captain Chaminda Ruwan that hit the pad on the full in the 19th over.

Next out was Jersey's captain Matty Hague who managed just three runs before being caught behind when his team were on 76.

Ryan Driver was also caught by Shoib Razak at mid-off having notched up nine.

Two overs later and Tony Carlyon was stumped after scoring just a single.

When man-of-the-match Gough was caught, a contentious decision for the 100-strong crowd, Jersey began to struggle.

Jonny Gough quickly joined his brother back in the pavilion when he was clean bowled for one run, leaving Jersey struggling on 126-6 after 36 overs.

Chris Jones
Jones took two for 32 for Jersey and scored five runs

Chris Jones was next to go, caught behind when he had scored five.

But the eighth-wicket partnership of Meeku Patidar and Robert Minty steadied the ship for the island side.

Patidar finished 21 not out while Minty was run out in the last over for 22, which included the match's first six.

His brother Tom was less fortunate when he was caught out on the first ball he faced.

With a target of 190 Singapore were restricted by tight bowling from the Jersey men, and never really posed too much of a threat.

The hosts eventually bowled Singapore 96 all out with 9.2 overs to spare.

Jersey captain Matt Hague was delighted his team won their first match of the tournament.

"I thought it was a huge game for us today," he told BBC Radio Jersey.

"It's so important in these tournaments to get off to a good start and win your first game."

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