Guernsey started their ICC World Cricket League Division 6 campaign in style with a convincing 188-run win over Fiji at Castle Park on the opening day.
The islanders were one of the tournament favourites but made a bad start when fast bowler Viliame Mana induced Matthew Stokes to edge behind for a duck off the second delivery - and then bowled James Wilkes-Green a few balls later.
Guernsey captain Jamie Nussbaumer said: “I’m absolutely delighted with a thoroughly good performance. We had a bit of a wobble right at the start but the guys batted brilliantly and from then on we really dominated the game.
Ollie really dug in. It was tough up front and it was nipping about so obviously that was a great innings. But a lot of credit has got to go to Tim Ravenscroft as well, who I think probably played the best innings of the day. He made it look effortless and kept the scoreboard moving, so we never really got stuck - even though we lost those two wickets early on.”
Vanuatu also got off to a winning start in an entertaining clash against the Cayman Islands at Ashlyns Road. Cayman Islands elected to bat but – with the exception of Sacha DeAlwis (50) – they struggled and were all out for just 154. Apolinaire Liplip Stephen was the pick of the Vanuatu bowlers with figures of 3-16 from just nine overs, as the last six batsmen departed for just six runs. In reply Vanuatu struggled to deal with the new ball pace of Conroy Wright and Kervin Ebanks, but both bowlers went wicket-less in the early stages. Troy Taylor come in a took two wickets in as many balls as Vanuatu slumped to 44-4. But a half century stand between Simpson Hopeman Obed and skipper Andrew Mansale lead Vanuatu home to a four-wicket victory with ten overs remaining.
Gavin Singh inspired Suriname to an opening day victory against Botswana at Rye Mill Lane. Opener Gaolape Mokokwe made 50 in the opening ten overs before he was caught by Arun Kamesh Gokoek off the bowling of Singh, who finished with 2-29 as Botswana were all out for 216. Botswana started well, restricting Suriname to 41-3, but captain Mohindra Boodram (38), Singh (63) and Sauid Ahmed Drepaul (55 not out) lead them to a comfortable five-wicket victory.
Singh said: “I get picked in the team as an all-rounder so I have to do both jobs and I just came in and played my game. And the two wickets gave me confidence to come in with the bat and play my natural game.”
Saudi Arabia’s game against Norway on Monday was cancelled because the arrival of the Saudi Arabia team into the UK has been delayed. Further information in this regard will be provided in due course.
Group A table as at Monday, 07 September:
At Castle Park, Colchester
Guernsey 287-7, 50 overs (Oliver Newey 129no, Tim Ravenscroft 74; Viliame Mana 2-39)
Fiji 99 all out, (37.5 overs) (Jone Wesele 20; Tim Ravenscroft 4-21)
Guernsey won by 188 runs
Player of the Match: Oliver Newey (Guernsey)
At Rye Mill Lane, Kelvedon
Botswana 216 all out, 50 overs (Gaolape Mokokwe 50; Chris Patandin 4-35)
Suriname 217-5, 42.2 overs (Gavin Singh 63, SA Drepaul 55; Karabo Modise 2-31)
Suriname won by five wickets
Player of the Match: Gavin Singh (Suriname)
At Ashlyns Road, Frinton
Cayman Islands 153 all out, 48.1 overs (Sacha DeAlwis 50; AL Stephen 3-16)
Vanuatu 160-6, 40 overs (Andrew Mansale 34; Troy Taylor 2-24)
Vanuatu won by four wickets
Player of the Match: Andrew Mansale (Vanuatu)
Tuesday, 08 September - Fixtures
At West Mersea: Vanuatu v Norway
At Colchester: Fiji v Suriname
At Frinton: Guernsey v Botswana
At Kelvedon: Cayman Islands v Saudi Arabia
All matches are scheduled to start at 10.30 local time