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Jersey dominate with bat and ball to upset UAE

ESPNCricInfo
23 Oct 2019, 17:42 GMT+10

Jersey 147 (Ward 47) beat United Arab Emirates 112 (Carlyon 3-15, Stevens 3-20) by 35 runs

Benjamin Ward set the foundation while spin duo Harrison Carlyon and Ben Stevens sealed Jersey's second victory of the tournament with a 35-run win over United Arab Emirates.

Eighteen-year-old Carlyon snared the key wicket of Rohan Mustafa, who followed his brisk 39 off 16 in UAE's upset win over Ireland on Saturday with his side's top score against Jersey of 28 before he was caught by Nick Ferraby. That was after Carlyon had accounted for Mustafa's fellow opener, Chirag Suri, caught by Dominic Blampied for 27.

Stevens bowled Rameez Shahzad for just 7 before Carlyon claimed his third wicket, Muhammad Usman, caught by Anthony Hawkins-Kay, also for 7. From there the UAE chase fell away, with tailenders Darius D'Silva and Ahmed Raza the only remaining batsmen to reach double figures with 14 and 13 respectively.

The Jersey innings had not started promisingly with openers Ferraby and Carlyon dismissed cheaply, along with No. 3 Stevens. But Ward, coming in at No. 6 after Zahoor Khan had Nick Greenwood caught behind by Mohammad Boota for the first of his two wickets, unleashed himself on the UAE attack.

Ward cracked four sixes and two fours on his way to 47 off just 24 balls. In doing so, he steadied his side from 67 for 4 and withstood the fall of Jonty Jenner and Corey Bisson to build a defendable innings.

Once Ward was trapped lbw by Junaid Siddique, the Jersey tail fell away swiftly but by then they had enough runs against a UAE side depleted by the suspension of four players in relation to the corruption scandal that hit the team last week to give themselves a chance of victory.

Jersey's win put them second in Group B behind Canada, to whom they lost their opening match by 53 runs before beating Nigeria by 69 runs. Jersey sit ahead of Ireland - who have also won two matches and lost one - with a superior net run rate.

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