Why do so few young people in Jersey vote?

Few people in Jersey vote. In fact, we are the worst performing country in the OECD for voter turnout. Only 36% of the Island turned out in 2011, putting us behind the likes of Mexico and Estonia for civic engagement.

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But the problem is particularly acute amongst the younger demographic. In 2011, only 16% of Islanders between the ages of 16-34 cast a vote, and I bet the percentage was even lower for 16-25 year olds.

Why so? I won’t revisit the standard reasons given for general voter apathy in Jersey. It is probably true that factors such as the complexity of our political system, the lack of party politics and an honest disinterest in all things political play a strong role in keeping voters, both young and old, away from the ballot box.

My focus will instead be one of the key problems that I believe specifically deters young people from voting: the lack of quality political education.

But before discussing this, a disclaimer. I recognise that lots of young people will choose not to vote regardless of what the States does, having better, more exciting things to do with their time. I still think, however, that there is a core of interested young people in Jersey who would be more politically active given a more supportive civic environment.

And let’s be clear. This is an issue that deserves our attention.

The democratic habits learned at a young age carry through into early adult life. Even if you don’t think politics should be the concern of a Jersey teenager now, that teenager will soon be entering the world of work, paying taxes, looking to find accommodation and using Social Services.

Encouraging civic engagement at a young age will support the health of our democracy for tomorrow.

The key problem I see is that young people are unlikely to engage with something that they do not understand.

Currently, the workings of local politics are taught as a minute fraction of the curriculum in PSHE lessons, which in turn occur only once a week. When students reach sixth-form, the age at which politics is becoming increasingly relevant to their lives, there is no formal provision whatsoever for learning about local politics within the hours of education.

As a result, the average student in Jersey probably knows more about the US political system from watching House of Cards than they do about the workings of the States.

This has to change. The Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel conducted a report into Political Education back in 2010, but nothing significant seems to have come of it. Sporadic school councils and occasional States initiatives such as the annual Youth Assembly aren’t enough for preparing young people to be active, well-informed citizens in Jersey.

Here are some recommendations for change.

In the classroom, the PSHE curriculum needs to be reformed to give more quality time to local politics. The States should be aiming for students to have a good grasp of how our political system works by the age of 16. Senators, Deputies, Constables, Scrutiny, the Council of Ministers: young people should know how it all fits together and what they can do to lobby and influence those in power.

In sixth-form, students need more than their current zero hours on local government. And if that’s too much to ask, the States should at least establish a permanent Youth Assembly (as voted for by Jersey students in 2011), rather than the current annual affair. The Youth Assembly gets students directly involved in politics and its permanent establishment is a short-term solution that would instantly increase civic engagement.

Improving political education is just one of the important ways of increasing turnout amongst the younger demographic. But this article is merely the beginning of a discussion that the people of Jersey need to have. Tackling voter apathy needs to start from the bottom-up and, as the statistics show, this is an issue on which the States is currently failing.

This article was originally published at http://www.change.je, an independent project that seeks to build and engage the political power of young people to achieve progressive change in Jersey. The PDF of the article is here: http://change.je/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Why-do-so-few-young-people-vote.pdf

Durham MCC cricketer stars in World Cricket League triumph

Durham MCC all-rounder Ben Stevens won the Player of the Tournament award and inspired Jersey to victory in World Cricket League Division 5 in Malaysia this week.

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Stevens, who studies Spanish at St. Aidan’s College and is currently on a year-abroad in Argentina, was the top-run scorer in the tournament, making 403 runs at an average of 67.17.

His highest score of 84 came in the final against Malaysia, where he shared in a match-winning 152-run stand with ex-Durham MCC cricketer Nathaniel Watkins (116), leading Jersey to a 71-run win.

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The left-arm spinner also picked up 13 wickets in Kuala Lumpur at an average of 15.08.

Stevens’ performances across the week helped Jersey to win all of their games, seeing off hosts Malaysia, Tanzania, the Cayman Islands, Nigeria and local rivals Guernsey to secure promotion to Division 4.

Jersey, who’s squad also includes Durham graduate Ed Farley, now travel to Singapore for World Cricket League Division 4 in June.

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Speaking after the final, Stevens said, ‘It’s been an unbelievable ride and it feels incredible now to know that our hard work has given us a trip to Singapore.

‘We knew we had it in us to win the tournament so we’re happy we’ve been able to do that.’

Reflecting on the best moments of the week, Stevens said, ‘From a cricketing perspective, Nat’s century to win against the home favourites in the final was pretty special. There was also the win against the Cayman Islands that secured our promotion.

‘Personally, I’m obviously very happy to have got runs and wickets in the tournament, and it’s nice to know you’ve done your bit for promotion. Conversely, it’s not so nice to know I’m completely incapable of scoring a century.’

Stevens also won the Player of the Tournament award when Jersey were promoted from World Cricket League Division 6 last summer, making it two in two for the Durham all-rounder.

Photographs: CricketEurope, ICC

French, politics and chaos in the Ivory Coast

This summer I spent a memorable week in Abidjan in the Ivory Coast participating in the 6th ‘Parlement Francophonie des Jeunes’, a youth parliament for French-speaking countries, with participants from as far afield as Laos, Lebanon and Togo.

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Representing my home island of Jersey alongside another student and a local politician, it was simultaneously a week of chaos, tropical weather, maddening African bureaucracy, life-long friendships and fascinating political discussion.

Our conference kicked off with an opening ceremony at the Assemblée Nationale of the Côte d’Ivoire, presided over by Guillaume Soro, the President of the Assembly.

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Reaching the Assemblée by bus proved an eye-opening experience and revealed a town in the process of post civil-war reconstruction.

The sign ‘chantier’ frequently appeared amidst dilapidated, mucky buildings and there was a chaotic buzz of grimy orange Toyota taxis battling for the road against trucks laden with building materials.

We jumped straight into our committee work after the opening ceremony and I was working in the ‘Commission de la Cooperation et du Développement’, with a specific focus on the role of the youth as a force of development.

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I was nervous at first and found it difficult to keep up with the quick-fire French spoken in a plethora of accents but I soon got the hang of it and was able to make some significant contributions to our work.

Our aim as a committee was to devise a resolution that took a holistic view of what it means to ‘develop’ a country, looking beyond the merely material and including considerations of sustainability and investment in human skills.

The most interesting problem we discussed in light of these considerations was the ‘brain drain’ – where developing countries invest heavily in the education of their youth only to see those students depart for the developed world after their studies in pursuit of greater opportunities.

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At the end of the week we reviewed the resolutions of the other committees, which had considered issues such as the penalisation of the transmission of HIV and the role of parliaments today, and proposed amendments, before voting on their passage. These resolutions were then presented to the senior ‘Assocation Parlementaire de la Francophonie’ (APF) conference.

But whilst the politics of the week was a resounding success, our experiences around the conference were frankly chaotic.

Our troubles began at Abidjan airport when the immigration officials retained our passports without explanation and ushered us through to the baggage area.

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After a couple of hours of remonstrating with a variety of ear-piece wearing, gun-wielding men in numerous different military uniforms, we were informed that our passports were to be held at the police station pending the receipt of our visas.

Eventually we retrieved our passports from this police station later in the week but only after much haggling, stress and a decent quantity of West African francs.

And if getting into Abidjan hadn’t been easy, we were well prepared for the trials of getting out.

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First came the unforgettable journey from the Assemblée Nationale to the airport in a ‘government car’, essentially a flash Mercedes with its hazard lights on, which saw us negotiate the eccentricities of the Abidjan rush hour, including goats, men selling enormous paddling pools and cars mounting the central reservation of the motorway.

Second came the flight cancellation, consigning us to another night in Abidjan and the necessity of boarding one of those ill-fated orange Toyotas as we attempted to catch the next plane to Brussels.

After all this and many hours of travelling I was astounded to be safely reunited with my luggage at Heathrow Airport and never have I been happier to set foot on Jersey soil.

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Overall, including all of the drama, the PFJ was a great life experience where I improved my French, learnt an enormous amount about other cultures and made many friends for the future.

I came to appreciate the importance of the Francophonie and the power of the French language, and it was an honour to represent the youth of Jersey at such a conference.

Champions Jersey and Nigeria promoted to WCL Division 5

Jersey made it five wins out of five today to be crowned champions of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6, securing promotion to WCL Division 5 in Malaysia early next year along with runners-up Nigeria.

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Vanuatu finished 3rd in the table whilst it was disappointment for each of Argentina, Bahrain and Kuwait, who came in the bottom three and are relegated from the division.

Knowing that victory over Vanuatu at Farmers Field would be good enough to win the title, Jersey made no mistake in front of a strong home crowd, restricting their opponents to 189-9 in 50 overs and then knocking off the runs with 6.4 overs to spare.

A battling half-century from captain Peter Gough and 38 runs from man-of-the-match and player-of-the-tournament Ben Stevens set up the win, with Andrew Dewhurst (24* off 23 balls) thumping the ball to the leg-side boundary off the bowling of Vanuatu captain Andrew Mansale to score the winning runs and seal an emphatic 7-wicket victory.

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Proudly holding the WCL Division 6 trophy amidst flowing champagne and scenes of jubilation, Gough said, ‘It’s a great day for Jersey Cricket. This is one of the best days I’ve known since playing. Having been relegated a couple of times and having fought hard to stay in this division, getting promoted is huge.

‘We can’t wait for the challenge of Malaysia. We feel we can keep improving and we can’t wait to go back there and do well in Division 5.

Peter Gough holds the trophy aloft

‘We had some tired bodies out there today and we didn’t field at our best but to keep Vanuatu down to 189 on a flat wicket was a good job. I was then really pleased with our batting – we built some good partnerships and that proved to be enough.’

Player of the tournament Ben Stevens, who scored a total of 193 runs at an average of 48.25 and took 17 wickets at an average of 9.59, said, ‘It’s been a brilliant week personally but also obviously for the team. We’ve come here and bounced back from our disappointment in Sussex. To put together the five or six performances like we have has been unbelievable.’

Ben Stevens receives Player of the Tournament Award from Gerry Whitsey

Captain Mansale, whose Vanuatu side remains in WCL Division 6, said, ‘As a captain I’m truly proud of my boys for what they’ve done at this tournament. We’ve come a long way to be here and I’m proud of how they’ve carried themselves this week.

‘If only we could have won our first game against Nigeria then things might have been different. Falling six runs short against them really hurt us. But apart from that, I’m very proud of my boys.’

The Nigerian team was also in a celebratory mood after their resounding 8-wicket victory over Argentina at Grainville saw them finish 2nd in the table and book a place alongside Jersey in WCL Division 5 in Malaysia next year.

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Fast bowler Oluseye Olympio tore through the Argentinian batting line-up to return figures of 6-23 in 9 overs, finishing as the tournament’s most prolific bowler with an overall wicket haul of 19, as Nigeria dismissed Argentina for 185 in 46 overs.

At one point the Argentinians were 26-6 and facing an embarrassingly low total as Olympio wreaked his havoc, but Lucas Paterlini (48), Bernardo Irigoyen (39) and captain Esteban MacDermott (34) came to the rescue down the order.

With half an eye on their Net Run Rate, Nigeria then came out all guns blazing in their run chase, opener Segun Olayinka smashing an unbeaten 94 from 73 balls, including eight 4s and six 6s, as the Africans cruised home in the 30th over.

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Nigeria’s delighted captain Kunle Adegbola said, ‘It’s a great thing to be in Division 5 and I am highly privileged to be the captain of this side which has been victorious throughout this tournament.

‘The team did brilliantly today – Seye Olympio and Saheed Akolade were both excellent with the ball and then Segun did a fine job with the bat. We’re all in high spirits.

‘I hope we do well in Malaysia and we’ll be looking to be promoted to Division 4. We’re going to prepare well because we know it’s going to be a tough task and a step-up in quality but we’re going to come hard in Division 5.’

Argentina’s captain MacDermott, whose side have now suffered four consecutive relegations, said, ‘I think we’ve played some good cricket throughout this week but it just wasn’t good enough to remain in the division or get promotion. It’s unfortunate that there are three spots for relegation so we’ll have to go down and regroup in the region, but we’ll work hard on the basics and try to make it back into the World Cricket League as soon as possible.

‘Our problem this week was that we didn’t put enough runs on the board batting first. The wickets were good to bat on and we got ourselves into good positions but we often couldn’t finish the job and ended up with small targets to defend.’

Turned square by Paterlini

The wooden spoon showdown at FB Fields saw Bahrain beat Kuwait by 15 runs, wicket-keeper Shahzad Ahmed (46 off 50 balls, five 4s, one 6) top-scoring for the victors as they made 186 in 48 overs, whilst Raheel Khan (3-20 in 6 overs) impressed for Kuwait with the ball.

Kuwait then fought to the wire in their run-chase, number 10 batsman Azmatullah Nazeer (48 off 51 balls) hitting some big sixes as he rescued his side from 98-9 along with number 11 Shahrukh Quddus (20* off 27 balls) with a 73-run partnership, but their last-wicket stand was ended in the 47th over when Nazeer was bowled by Zafar Zaheer.

Reflecting on his side’s relegation from Division 6, Bahrain’s captain Yaser Sadeq said, ‘I don’t know what to say. We weren’t expecting this. We couldn’t cope with the conditions here and we’re not as bad as we performed but that’s cricket.

‘We haven’t played on turf wickets for the last three of four years so adjusting took us a few games. For the future, we have a good under-19s side coming through and they’ll be given chances now so Bahrain will look to bounce back.’

Kuwait’s vice-captain, Kashif Sharif, standing in for the injured Hisham Mirza, said, ‘This has been a disappointing tournament for us but Inshallah we will be back in Division 6 soon. We had selection issues with some of our key players so that weakened our team but Inshallah we will come back strongly in the future.’

Photographs: ICC/Barry Chambers

Day 5 abandoned due to rain as Jersey forced to wait

 

Play was abandoned due to rain on Day 5 in the Pepsi ICC WCL Division 6 tournament with all matches finishing as a ‘No Result’.

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The last round of league matches will now be replayed on Sunday at the same venues and the final league table will be used determine the tournament rankings.

The heavy rain of the mid-afternoon, which prevented all of the matches from completing the 20 overs necessary in the 2nd innings for a result, came at just the wrong time for Jersey, who appeared to be on their way to a comfortable win over Vanuatu and certain promotion to WCL Division 5.

The Islanders, fielding first for the 5th time at this tournament, had bowled Vanuatu out for 135 in 44.3 overs and were 27-0 in their run chase before going into the lunch interval. But they never made it back out onto the field as the heavens opened.

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Vanuatu’s opening batsmen Trevor Langa (19) and Damian Smith (22) had earlier showed some mettle by putting on a solid 52 for the first wicket, seeing off the threat of new-ball pair Paul Connolly and Cornelis Bodenstein and seemingly building a good foundation for the innings.

But Tom Minty’s introduction into the attack swung the momentum in Jersey’s favour, the seamer dismissing both openers in consecutive balls, first Langa well-caught by Andrew Dewhurst at extra cover and then Smith leg before wicket.

Vanuatu’s captain and the leading run-scorer in the tournament Andrew Mansale safely saw off the hat-trick ball but Minty struck again in the 24th over, this time clean bowling Jelany Chilia for 5.

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At 76-3, Jersey then put a squeeze on whilst Mansale and 17-year old Nalin Nipiko looked to rebuild the Vanuatu innings, although the pair struggled to keep the score ticking over. Both were eventually undone by the left-arm spin of in-form all-rounder Ben Stevens, reducing Vanuatu to 93-5 and instigating a batting collapse.

Patrick Matautaava (27 off 30 balls) flashed the bat to pick up some valuable late boundaries off Bodenstein but wickets tumbled around him and he was the last man out in the 45th over, Luke Gallichan picking up his first wicket as Matautaava launched a short ball straight into the grateful hands of Bisson at deep mid-wicket.

Cut square by Corey Bisson

Jersey openers Gough (11*) and Bisson (16*), once again facing a testing little spell before the lunch interval, survived unscathed, both batting positively and finding the boundary with a selection of assured cuts and elegant on-drives, but that was to be the last of Jersey’s batting as the rain came down during the break.

Gough said, ‘This has happened to us several times before at tournaments. You get as close as you can to a result and then it gets washed out. It’s frustrating, but that’s life.

‘Vanuatu batted well at the start today but then we came back – Tommy Minty and Benny Stevens brought it back brilliantly and I was really pleased with our fielding performance so hopefully we can come back and do the same thing tomorrow.

‘We expect a different day and different conditions but we’re positive after the quality we’ve shown today.’

Mansale said, ‘It’s going to be a big opportunity for the boys to bounce back tomorrow. We didn’t perform the way we expected today so it’s good to be given another chance.

‘Having bowled at their opening batsmen we’ve worked out some new plans and we’ll look to use some different tactics from today. We’re happy to have faced their bowlers in these conditions so our batters will be better prepared for tomorrow.’

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Nigeria was also left regretting the arrival of the rain as they looked poised to beat Argentina at Grainville.

The Nigerians dismissed Argentina for 144 in 46.3 overs, captain Kunle Adegbola picking up 3-24 in his 10 overs and Osita Onwuzilike taking his first wickets of the tournament in returning 3-23 from his 10. Gary Savage top-scored for Argentina with 40 from 97 balls, including four boundaries.

In reply, Nigeria reached 26-1 in 6 overs, seemingly well set for a successful run-chase, but they will have to instead come back and try again tomorrow.

In the bottom-of-the-table clash, Bahrain made 238-9 in 50 overs batting first against Kuwait, Imran Ghulam top-scoring (57 off 36 balls, five 4s, three 6s) and Anil Hanif (39 from 67 balls, five 4s) and Adnan Butt (31 from 24 balls, five 4s, one 6) also making significant contributions.

Azmatullah Nazeer was Kuwait’s stand-out performer with the ball, bowling five maidens in a spell of 10 overs that went for 14 runs and included three wickets.

The tournament table remains unchanged following today’s action, meaning that all four of Jersey, Vanuatu, Nigeria and Argentina still harbour hopes of promotion if results go their way on Sunday.

Photographs: ICC/Barry Chambers

Jersey extend unbeaten run with crushing 8-wicket win over Argentina

Jersey continued their unbeaten run in WCL Division 6 with a crushing 8-wicket victory over Argentina at Grainville, all but assuring their promotion to WCL Division 5.

Ward Jenner presents MOM Award to Ben Stevens

Man-of-the-match Ben Stevens starred with both bat and ball, taking a 5-wicket haul and then making a classy 67 off 61 balls, including a 6 and seven boundaries, as Jersey romped to Argentina’s total of 176 with 20 overs to spare.

Fielding first for the 4th time in this tournament, Corne Bodenstein’s sharp opening spell got the ball rolling for the Islanders, picking up the wickets of the in-form Pablo Ferguson (2) and Hernan Williams (14) with some hostile fast bowling to leave Argentina 34-2.

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Martin Siri (78 off 113 balls, seven 4s) then fought hard to rebuild the Argentinian innings, putting on a solid 60-run partnership with Bernardo Irigoyen (36 off 32 balls, four 4s, one 6) to lead his side to 162-4 in the 43rd over and seemingly well set for a score in excess of 200.

But left-arm spinner Stevens had other ideas, tearing through the middle and lower order as Argentina collapsed to 176 all out in the space of a mere 19 balls.

Huge appeal by Ben Stevens

Stevens then compounded Argentina’s woes by piling on a game-winning 131 runs for the 2nd wicket with skipper Peter Gough (69* off 87 balls, nine 4s), putting the Argentinian attack to the sword with a flamboyant display of stroke-making, as Jersey cruised to victory and all but booked their place in Sunday’s final.

Captain Gough said, ‘At 160-4 we thought we’d be chasing 220 but then Benny (Stevens) did a great job with the ball, taking 4 wickets for barely any runs. The pitch then got better to bat on in the 2nd innings and it was a pleasure to bat with Stevo. He times it so well, boundaries come, he runs well and he moves the field around.

Punched into the covers by Peter Gough

‘Vanuatu on Saturday is a huge game for us. We want to win five from five so that’s like our final. We know they’re a good side and we’re looking forward to playing them.’

Argentina’s captain Billy MacDermott said, ‘Jersey outplayed us today. We had one good partnership and Martin batted really well, but they were good with the ball and they fielded tightly. Our total was never enough and they came out batting positively and they deserved the win.’

Elsewhere Nigeria bounced back from their heavy defeat to Jersey yesterday with a resounding 8-wicket wicket win over Bahrain at Farmers Field, keeping their promotion hopes alive.

Saheed Akolade (6-27 in 8 overs) produced an inspired display of fast bowling to rip through the Bahraini batting line-up, with only three batsmen reaching double figures in a total of 104 in 33 overs. Oluseye Olympio also impressed with ball, returning figures of 3-23 in 10 overs.

Akolade congratulated

Nigeria then knocked off the runs with minimum fuss, opener Segun Olayinka making 50* in 80 balls, including four 4s and a 6, as victory was secured in 28.1 overs.

Nigeria’s skipper Adekunle Adegbola said, ‘Saheed’s bowling was awesome today and Oluseye did a great job in supporting him. Segun also occupied the crease well and did a good job for the team. Our last game now is against Argentina and there is nothing more or less for us than to be victorious. We’re going to give it our best to finish in the top two.’

Bahrain’s vice-captain, Anil Hanif, who stood in as skipper today for the injured Yaser Sadeq, said, ‘We weren’t up to the mark today. Our shot-selection was poor and this has been our problem throughout the whole tournament.

‘Our bowlers are doing a fantastic job and our fielding is good but our batsmen are continuously making the same mistakes. They’re getting set but then throwing their wickets away with rash shots. Credit to Nigeria though, they bowled and fielded well and took some good catches.’

Excellent opening partnership between Olinayka and Ofen set up the Nigeria win

Meanwhile Vanuatu kept themselves in the hunt for promotion with a comprehensive 5-wicket victory over Kuwait at FB Fields.

17-year old Nalin Nipiko, who captains the Vanuatu under-19s side, picked up the man-of-the-match award for his 4-30 in 8 overs as Vanuatu dismissed Kuwait for a mere 107 runs in 24.3 overs. Irfan Bhatti (31 off 37 balls, seven 4s) was only one of three Kuwaitis to reach double figures as Jelany Chilia also chipped in with 3 wickets for only 4 runs in 2.3 overs.

Nipiko (25 off 20 balls, four 4s) then contributed with the bat as he combined with yesterday’s centurion Andrew Mansale, who continued his good run of form with an unbeaten 39 from 53 balls, to take Vanuatu to a comfortable win in the 27th over.

Man-of-the-match Nipiko said, ‘I think the boys bowled really well today and we restricted Kuwait to a low total which was comfortable for us to chase down. I was really pleased with my personal performance because the ball was swinging around and I managed to control it well. We’re looking forward to the game against Jersey on Saturday and the boys will give it their best.’

Kuwait’s vice-captain Kashif Sharif, standing in for the injured Hisham Mirza, said, ‘Our batsmen didn’t perform today, similar to previous matches. The playing conditions are very different between here and Kuwait and we’re used to playing lots of T20 cricket so it’s been difficult adapting to 50 overs. Our bowlers have done well here but our batting has totally flopped.’

Tomorrow is a rest day and Saturday’s final round of matches will see Jersey take on Vanuatu at Farmers Field in a top-of-the-table clash, Nigeria meet Argentina in a crunch game at Grainville and Bahrain face Kuwait at FB Fields.

All matches start at 1100 BST.

Three in three as Jersey outclass Nigeria to top WCL Division 6

An inspired bowling and fielding display from Jersey proved too good for Nigeria as the Islanders romped to a comprehensive 6-wicket victory in the top-of-the-table clash in ICC WCL Division 6.

Ben Stevens receives MOM award from Ashraf Din

Bowling first in glorious sunshine at FB Fields, Jersey struck with the very first ball of the day, seamer Paul Connolly nicking off opener Onikoyi to captain Peter Gough at second slip. That moment set the tone as Nigeria’s top-order crumbled, Corne Bodenstein (2-18) joining Connolly (2-16) in doing the damage with the new ball and reducing the Nigerians to 36-4.

Nigerian wicket-keeper Ricky Sharma (53 off 110 balls, four 4s) battled hard for his side but wickets continued to fall regularly around him as Jersey’s bowling attack fired on all cylinders for the first time in this tournament.

Tom Minty bowled ten overs on the trot and picked up 2-31, including the prized wicket of Olatunji (9), who was dismissed by a stunning diving catch at mid-on from Connolly in the 11th over. Meanwhile left-armer Ben Stevens produced a man-of-the-match winning spell of spin to take three wickets for a meagre 13 runs in ten overs as the Nigerians were all out for 96 in 40.1 overs.

Miscued by Peter Gough

Jersey suffered a wobble at the start of their run-chase when they lost openers Gough (4) and Bisson (2) in quick succession, the former out pulling a short ball to mid-on and the latter cleaned up by fast bowler Oluseye Olympio, leaving them 7-2.

But an assured partnership between Stevens (19) and keeper Ed Farley (47*) steadied the ship, taking Jersey into the lunch interval at 42-2 with the job half done. Seamer Saheed Akolade (3-26 in 10 overs) impressed with the ball after lunch in picking up two more wickets but Farley saw Jersey home comfortably in the 23rd over, punching a full toss through the off-side to secure the 6-wicket win and extend the home side’s unbeaten run.

Chipped away by Ed Farley

Jersey captain Peter Gough said, ‘We improved on our bowling a lot today. Corne bowled a great first spell and Plod (Paul Connolly) bowled well. Ben Stevens was also outstanding and the Nigerians really struggled to play him. Of the 40 overs we bowled we never had a poor spell and this is probably the best we’ve fielded all tournament.’

‘With the bat, the partnership between Stevo (Ben Stevens) and Farles (Ed Farley) was crucial. All of our batsmen are feeling confident and we’re feeling good going into the game against Argentina.’

Nigeria’s captain Adekunle Adegbola said, ‘We started badly today, losing three early wickets, but big credit to Ricky Sharma who occupied the crease to take us to 96. Jersey’s openers were fantastic though and their spinners also did a great job.

‘We have to win our next two games but by God’s grace we’ll be 2nd at the end of today and I still believe that we will meet Jersey in the final.’

Elsewhere Argentina kept their hopes of promotion alive with a thrilling last over 1-wicket win over Kuwait at Farmers Field.

Huge appeal by Gary Savage

Saud Qamar (83 off 99 balls, 13 4s, one 6) and captain Hisham Mirza (30 off 30 balls, five 4s, one 6) starred for Kuwait with the bat as they were 205 all out in 44.2 overs.

Lucas Paterlini and Gustin Casime were Argentina’s most successful bowlers, returning figures of 4-45 and 3-26 respectively, whilst wicket-keeper Alejandro Ferguson completed five dismissals.

Argentina’s run chase then went down to the wire but Martin Siri’s 59 from 76 balls, including eight boundaries, and Lucas Paterlini’s late 35 from 43 balls proved just about enough for the South Americans, with Casime (8 off 2 balls) hitting a boundary from the 3rd ball of the final over to squeeze his side over the line.

Argentina’s captain Esteban Macdermott said, ‘I thought we started well today and Lucas bowled excellently, putting their batsmen under a lot of pressure. We had Kuwait 120-8 but then their number 6 and number 10 batted really well to get them to 205.

‘We started positively with the bat but lost our way in the middle so it fell to the bowlers to get us over the line. We’re playing Jersey tomorrow and I don’t think it could come at a better time. Spirits are up so we’re ready for them.’

More congratulations for Paterlini

Kuwait’s manager Sudhakar Shetty said, ‘Initially we didn’t play well today but we fought back and brought the game to a close finish. Man-of-the-match Saud Qamar batted brilliantly with the tail and that’s a positive we can take out of this game.’

At Grainville, a brilliant hundred from captain Andrew Mansale kept Vanuatu in the hunt for promotion as they moved into 2nd with a 35-run victory over Bahrain.

Having been put into bat, Vanuatu lost early wickets and were 47-3 in the 15th over. But man-of-the-match Mansale (101 off 119 balls, six 4s) showed a cool head to lead his side out of trouble, notching up a crucial ton and taking Vanuatu to 244 in 49.4 overs. Mirza Baig topped the wickets tally for Bahrain with figures of 4-52.

Andrew Mansale of Vanuatu who scored a MOM century

Aby John’s 3-40 and Nalin Nipiko’s 3-32 then did the business for Vanuatu despite a battling knock from Shahzad Siddique (84 off 98 balls, ten 4s, one 6).

Vanuatu’s captain Mansale said, ‘It was a great performance and I’m so proud of the boys. Scoring a hundred today was a great honour for me, representing my country as captain and putting the side in a good position after our early collapse, and I’m so glad the other batsmen backed me up all the way through to the last over.’

Jersey meet Argentina tomorrow at Grainville, Vanuatu play Kuwait at FB Fields and Bahrain play Nigeria at Farmers Field. All matches start at 1100 BST.

Photographs: ICC/Barry Chambers