The Channel Island side, who guaranteed promotion to Division 4 on Thursday with victory in the semi-finals to kick-start their 2023 World Cup qualifying campaign, made a steady 255 with the bat – with Stevens’ composed 86 the backbone of the innings.
Elsewhere, Qatar’s Tamoor Sajjad led his team to a three-wicket victory against Italy to take third place in a closely-fought match at Willowmoore A and secure their Division 5 status.
Germany produced a fine batting display to chase down Guernsey’s 269 for seven and win by four wickets to claim fifth place, while Ghana beat Cayman Islands by six wickets for seventh.
Vanuatu won the toss and chose to field first in the final, and that looked the correct decision when Nat Watkins (3) fell to Patrick Matautaava inside three overs. Peter Gough, Watkins’ fellow opener, was then out for 18 shortly after to Callum Blake as Vanuatu found success with some accurate bowling. But Stevens, in at number three, settled Jersey’s nerves as he knuckled down and weathered the early storm. Eventually the boundaries started to flow, and Stevens hit eight fours and three sixes in his 86 off 101 balls. But developing a partnership proved to be difficult, with the influential Jonty Jenner out for a golden duck.
However, Corey Bisson (30) and Harrison Carlyon (38) were vital in building Jersey’s total and allowed Stevens to continually punish any stray deliveries. Cornelis Bodenstein (47) then helped carry the total past 200, and they made 255 off 48 overs.
In reply, Vanuatu also lost an early wicket as Bodenstein accounted for Jonathon Dunn (6). But that brought in-form batsman Matautaava to the crease and the number three was full of confidence after steering his side to back-to-back wins. However, he fell for 13, with Stevens taking the prize wicket, and that set the tone for Vanuatu’s reply. Nalin Nipiko (0) also fell cheaply, although Joshua Rasu (42) and Andrew Mansale (37) combined nicely to get Vanuatu back in the game. However, once Mansale was out, Jersey took control and claimed a 120-run win.
Elated Jersey captain Charles Perchard said: “It was a top performance, from 30 for three after ten overs we really showed some fight and to get up to 250 was a fantastic effort.
“Some of the boys batted really well, particularly Ben Stevens, it was top from him today so we’re really pleased. The pitch probably did get a bit slower later on, so maybe it was a good toss to lose.”
Vanuatu captain Mansale said: “At the end of the day Jersey deserved the game, they pulled it back in the batting. They posted a score which put us under pressure, we lost batsmen early on and that really cost us. In Division 4 the standard will be much higher, so for us to lose to Jersey shows we have a lot of room for improvement and we’ll be looking forward to that.”
Qatar and Italy both suffered heart-breaking defeats in their respective semi-finals on Thursday, but both recovered well to produce a superb match.
Italy won the toss and elected to bat, and opener Gian Meade made a steady 62. However, he was the only Italian player to pass 50, with Joy Perera (44) and Fida Hussain (42 not out) contributing well as Italy made 225 for seven from its 50 overs.
Gayashan Munasinghe took an early Qatar wicket by removing Qalandar Khan, but captain Inam ul-Haq (37) and Kamran Khan (43) helped the Asian nation recover. Sajjad then played the key innings of the match as his 54 helped Qatar eat into Italy’s lead. And Muhammad Tanveer (35 not out) finished it in style as Qatar won by three wickets.
Qatar skipper Inam-ul-Haq “Staying in Division 5 is great for the Qatar team, the guys have done very well today.”
Italy skipper Munasinghe said: “I was really disappointed with the result, we had a good start, but unfortunately we didn’t make the important games.”
Over at Willowmoore B, Guernsey must have thought it had secured fifth place when it compiled 269 for seven from 50 overs. But Germany’s Venkatraman Ganesan played one of the innings of his career as he hit 123 not out to help Germany race to the target with just under five overs to spare.
Guernsey won the toss and elected to bat, with Josh Butler (29) and Ben Fitchet (14) putting on 50 for the first wicket. But Oliver Newey (70) top scored for the Channel Island – as he plundered six fours off 95 balls in a measured innings.
Matthew Stokes (28), Ben Ferbrache (30) and Josh Butler (29) all ably supported Newey, and Guernsey captain Jamie Nussbaumer will have been happy with their total. But Germany set to work quickly and Ganesan, supported by captain Rishi Pillai (54), took the game away as it won by four wickets.
Ghana finished its tournament on a high with a six-wicket win against Cayman Islands at Willowmoore C to finish seventh, with Obed Agbomadzie stealing the show with a superb all-round display.
The Ghanaian star took three for 20 with the ball as Ghana bowled Cayman Islands out for 136 inside 43 overs. And he then hit a measured 44 not out as the African side chased down the total inside 20 overs to confirm victory in the seventh-place play-off.
Batting first, Cayman Islands started well with Darren Cato and Sacha De Alwis putting on 73 for the first wicket. But wickets started to tumble, with Agbomadzie and Isaac Aboagye both causing problems.
Ghana’s reply got off to a bad start when it fell to 15 for two, but Agbomadzie and Julius Mensah (38 not out) found the boundary regularly and completed a fine Ghana win.
Ghana captain Ananya said: “I’m smiling, today was about pride. We played our game and won, that is the most important thing.”
Cayman Islands skipper Sealy said: “We have to look at the positive and negatives to see what we can work on and come back stronger.”
Scores in brief
Ghana beat Cayman Islands by six wickets at Willowmoore C, Benoni
Cayman Islands 136 all out, 42.5 overs (Darren Cato 36, Sacha De Alwis 35; Obed Agbomadzie 3-20, Isaac Aboagye 2-27, David Ankrah 2-31)
Ghana 14-4, 19.3 overs (Obed Agbomadzie 44 not out, Julius Mensah 38 not out; Corey Cato 2-59, Troy Taylor 1-22)
Germany beat Guernsey by four wickets at Willowmoore B, Benoni
Guernsey 269-7, 50 overs (Oliver Newey 70, Ben Ferbrache 30, Josh Butler 29; Ahmed Wardak 2-43, Rana Singh 1-23, Rishi Pillai 1-25)
Germany 273-6, 45.2 overs (Venkatraman Ganesan 123 not out, Rishi Pillai 54, Daniel Weston 38; David Hooper 2-51, Matthew Stokes 2-53)
Qatar beat Italy by three wickets at Willowmoore A, Benoni
Italy 225-7, 50 overs (Gian Meade 62, Joy Perera 44, Fida Hussain 42 not out; Iqbal Hussain 3-51, Mohammed Nadeem 2-26, Awais Malik 1-35)
Qatar 229-7, 47.5 overs (Tamoor Sajjad 54, Kamran Khan 43, Inam-ul-Haq 40; Carl Sandri 4-44, Madupa Fernando 2-52)
Jersey beat Vanuatu by 120 runs at Sahara Main Oval, Benoni
Jersey 255 all out, 48 overs (Ben Stevens 86, Cornelis Bodenstein 47, Harrison Carlyon 38; Nalin Nipiko 3-42, Callum Blake 2-21)
Vanuatu 135 all out, 36.5 overs (Joshua Rasu 42, Andrew Mansale 37; Ben Stevens 3-28, Elliot Miles 2-28, Nat Watkins 2-39)
TEAM M W L T P
Italy 3 3 0 0 6
Qatar 3 2 1 0 4
Guern 3 1 2 0 2
Caym 3 0 3 0 0
TEAM M W L T P
Jersey 3 3 0 0 6
Van 3 1 2 0 2
Ger 3 1 2 0 2
Ghana 3 1 2 0 2