Middlesex opened their tour of Jersey with a comfortable 116 run win over the amateurs of Jersey in a Twenty20 match. The game was played at the Grainville ground on a perfect summer’s evening and before a sizable crowd.
Middlesex batted first and they were given an explosive start by openers Paul Stirling and Dawid Malan. Stirling hit three fours in the opening over and Dawid Malan hit the first three balls of the second over for fours as Middlesex reached 34-0. Stirling scored fourteen runs off the first three balls of Bodenstein’s over and he reached a 16 ball fifty when he scored eighteen runs off the first four balls of Bodenstein’s second over.
The hundred came up in only the seventh over with the 150 coming up in the 12th over. David Malan reached a 31 ball fifty with his second six before he was caught on the long-on boundary off Perchard’s bowling for 52, the opening partnership having realised 161 in thirteen overs. Paul Stirling reached a 49 ball hundred which contained 3 sixes & 13 fours before he was caught at long-on for exactly 100.
Joe Denly scored a run-a-ball seven before he was bowled off an inside-edge by Connelly. Neil Dexter made five before he was caught at long-off to leave Middlesex on 179-4 after seventeen overs. Adam Rossington joined Adam Voges and the pair added a further 56 runs in the remaining three overs with Rossington hitting Gallichan for four successive fours (which included three reverse sweeps) and Voges hitting two sixes in the final over off Bodenstein. Voges finished with 39 not out (off 18 balls, 3 sixes & 2 fours) with Rossington making an unbeaten 22 off just eight balls as Middlesex reached 235-4.
After Ollie Rayner opened the bowling with a rare maiden over in Twenty20 cricket, the Jersey openers Gough and Farley had nine runs on the board before Gough was caught by Gareth Berg off Roland-Jones’ bowling for two. Ben Stevens was then caught by Dawid Malan at mid-wicket for eight to give Tim Murtagh a wicket. Dean Morrison scored two fours in Gareth Berg’s first over before Gurjit Sandhu took a wicket with his first ball when he had Farley caught at the wicket for eight to leave the Islanders’ on 26-3 in the 7th over.
Andrew Dewhurst joined Morrison and the pair added 62 runs in 8.2 overs before Morrison was LBW to Adam Voges for and excellent innings of 45 off 35 balls. Bodenstein came in and hit Voges for a six off the first ball he faced but he was then caught at the wicket by Adam Rossington for seven when Gareth Berg returned at the Pavilion End. Tim Murtagh then returned at the Bowls Club End and he bowled Dewhurst for 24 to leave Jersey on 99-6 in the 17th over.
Anthony Kay and Tom Minty added a further twenty runs to the total before Minty (7) was well caught by Joe Denly at long-on, off the penultimate ball of the innings, to give Toby Roland-Jones a second wicket. No runs were scored off the final ball of the innings and Jersey ended with a total of 119-7. Toby Roland-Jones had figures of 2-12 from 3 overs with Tim Murtagh taking 2-15 in 3 overs, Gareth Berg 1-27 in 4 overs, Gurjit Sandhu 1-20 in 3 overs, Adam Voges 1-19 in 2 overs whilst Ollie Rayner conceded just nine runs in three overs.
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