THE trip to Nepal has proved to be a thoroughly unrewarding exercise for Jersey from a cricket point of view. The scenery might be fine, but their performances in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Five declined with each day, and this time they were overwhelmed by Arabian chinamen in the Himalayas.
Their fourth match ended in a third consecutive defeat when they lost by 27 runs to Bahrain at the Army Ground in Baktapur after once again wasting a good position. Bahrain lost their seventh wicket on 170 with exactly 10 overs remaining, with the Jersey bowlers sharing the wickets — but Qamar Saeed, with 50 off 57 balls, and Tahir Dar, 44 off 34 balls, piled on 94 withut being parted.
Bahrain, one of the lesser cricketing Arab emirates, produced a 50-over total of 264-7 that was too high to be challenged, and that man Saeed popped up again with his left-arm wrist spin, his chinamen taking 6-33 to round off a memorable day. Jersey’s captain Ryan Driver top-scored with 80, but his side’s chances disappeared when he was run out. Jersey were bowled out in the 47th over for 237.
Singapore beat the United States by 99 runs to draw level with them in the points table behind the leaders Nepal. The former Guyana seamer Kevin Darlington took four wickets for the Americans, but little went right otherwise. Two teams will be promoted to Division Four with one round of matches remaining.
At Tribhuvan University:
Nepal 267-7, 50 overs (Sherad Versawkar 105*, Pras Khadka 75)
Fiji 74 all out, 26.4 overs (Basant Regmi 4-11)
Nepal won by 193 runs
At Army Ground, Baktapur:
Bahrain 264-7, 50 overs (Qamar Saeed 50*, Tahir Dar 44*)
Jersey 237, 46.5 overs (Ryan Driver 80, Dean Morrison 49, Qamar Saeed 6-33)
Bahrain won by 27 runs
At Engineering Ground:
Singapore 245-9, 50 overs (Narender Reddy 51, Pramodh Raju 45, Kevin Darlington 4-65)
United States 146 all out, 37.5 overs (Steve Massiah 50, Jackie Manoj-Kumar 4-23)
Singapore won by 99 runs