Ched Evans, David Walsh and intoxication in cases of rape

Friends on social media have described David Walsh’s Sunday Times article on the Ched Evans rape case as ‘horrific’ and ‘egregious’. I’ve read the legal summary of the case and Walsh’s article and had the following thoughts.

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I first explain why I think Walsh’s article requires a qualified defence (I’m sticking my neck out here, but hear me out), and then I discuss the challenges created by drunken consent in rape cases. Before that, three disclaimers.

Disclaimer #1: I’d encourage anyone interested in this case to first read the summary on CrimeLine – and then Walsh’s article (it’s behind a Sunday Times paywall, here) for themselves. The case against Evans is complex and the details are important. Media caricatures of Evans and simplifications of the case are not helpful.

Disclaimer #2: The aim of this article is to draw attention to the difficulties in prosecuting rape cases and legal problems arising from the very grey area of drunken consent.

Disclaimer #3: So long as Evans is a convicted rapist, he should not be playing professional football, even if he has served his time, because he’s an appalling role model for young men. But my post isn’t about that.

Turning to Walsh’s article. What’s wrong with it? I see five major criticisms. If I’ve missed any, feel free to say in the comments.

1. Walsh regularly refers to how much the woman had had to drink.

Focussing on how drunk a woman was prior to being raped is a tell-tale sign of victim blaming. Yet in this case the extent of the woman’s drunkenness is in fact the key legal question. The jury convicted Evans of rape on the grounds that the woman was too intoxicated to be able to consent. Not that she said ‘No’ to sex with Evans. That she may have said ‘Yes’ but that consent was not meaningful consent because she was too drunk. (More on this issue at the end of the post.)

Walsh weaves into his narrative various facts about how drunk the woman was relative to other occasions. I agree that it is clumsy and the fact that she was less drunk than on other occasions does not logically entail she was capable of consent on this occasion, but I don’t think it’s egregious journalism. Walsh is trying to argue that the jury got it wrong when it considered the woman to be too drunk to consent, and he’s using these facts in an attempt to show that.

2. Walsh is arguing for Evans’ innocence despite the fact Evans has been convicted and his appeal has been turned down.

Critics of Walsh, like Tim Squirrell above, an ex-President of the Cambridge Union, are correct to say that you very rarely find those accused of other crimes (such as murder or theft), being defended after conviction and appeal. The Evans’ case, however, is being reviewed by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, a body charged with investigating possible miscarriages of justice. Given this, I think it’s legitimate for a journalist to look again at the facts of the case and give their opinion.

3. Walsh uses ‘complainant’ instead of ‘victim’.

Two things to note. First, the CrimeLine legal summary tagged above uses ‘complainant’ and this is after the conviction has been made. Legal professionals are using this term during the appeal process. And given that the case is once again under review for a potential miscarriage of justice, I think it’s legitimate to use the term ‘complainant’, for it recognises that the actual commission of a crime is once again under consideration.

Second, Walsh’s position is that the jury’s decision was unsafe and hence no crime has been committed. It would be odd for him to use the term ‘victim’ in the article when the definition of a victim is ‘someone against whom a crime has been committed’, the very thing he argues is untrue.

4. Walsh tries to paint Evans as the victim by drawing attention to things such as (a) how many goals he scored prior to being convicted, (b) what he did whilst in prison, (c) the testimonies of his closest friends and family, (d) how Sheffield United wanted to take him back but fans kicked up a fuss. All aim to cast Evans in a rosy light.

Is it wrong for Walsh to do this? The aim of his piece is to persuade: he wants the reader to agree with him that Evans did not in fact commit a crime. He is using this character-based information to that end.

In my view, this is just bad journalism, and is the worst part of the article. Evans’ background has absolutely zero relevance to the legal question of whether or not the woman in question consented to sex. On this issue I firmly agree with Walsh’s critics.

5. Walsh fails to mention the abuse the woman in question has suffered, abuse that has led to her having to change her name 5 times and emigrate.

This is true. Walsh’s failure to include such information (at the very least in the piece’s introduction) is a failure of empathy and humanity.

Such abuse, however, equally has no bearing on the facts of the legal case and whether or not Evans committed an act of rape. A clear-eyed view of the legal issue would overlook subsequent abuses suffered by both the ‘complainant’ and the ‘accused’.

Tim is absolutely right to say in this excellent blog piece that social conceptions of what is required for ‘rape’ are extremely ignorant and harmful. There doesn’t need to be a struggle. The perpetrator doesn’t need to be aware that what they’re doing is rape. Consent must be informed to be meaningful.

The real complexity in this case lies in the legal principle that drunken consent can still be consent.

In directing the jury, the judge said: ‘In a state of dim and drunken awareness you may, or may not, be in a condition to make choices.’

That’s to say, the degree of drunkenness matters. At one point of relatively moderate drunkenness you are considered by law as capable of giving meaningful consent. Beyond a certain point it’s not meaningful consent, even if you are enthusiastically saying ‘Yes’ to sex.

Given this, the judge continued:

‘So you will need to consider the evidence of the complainant’s state and decide these two questions: was she in a condition in which she was capable of making any choice one way or another? If you are sure that she was not, then she did not consent. If, on the other hand, you conclude that she chose to agree to sexual intercourse, or may have done, then you must find the defendants not guilty’ (my emphasis added).

The jury came to the conclusion that it was sure (or, it was at least true beyond reasonable doubt) that the woman in question was so drunk that her consent had become meaningless.

I think this is where the case for the potential miscarriage of justice lies. The charge of Evans’ lawyers is that, based on the evidence concerning intoxication put before the court, the jury could not have known beyond reasonable doubt that she was too drunk to provide meaningful consent.

(Pointing to the fact that the woman had no memory of the night before should not be considered sufficient to indicate that no consent was given – decision-making processes are separate from memory loss.)

It is because of all this that Evans’ conviction may well get overturned and Walsh may end up looking vindicated. If the conviction is overturned, I will understand why. It’s just depressingly difficult to gather sufficient evidence to accurately prosecute a rape case, whether or not a rape occurred.

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

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.

Jersey celebrate with the trophy

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.

Winners Jersey

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.

Adegbola congratulated

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.

Oluseye Olympio bowling

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’.

Sheltering from the rain

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.

Paul Connolly bowling

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.

Ben Stevens bowling

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.’

Onwuzulike bowling

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.

Bodenstein bouncer

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

Gough ton takes Jersey one step closer to promotion

A match-winning century from captain Peter Gough took Jersey one step closer to promotion to WCL Division 5 as they crushed Bahrain by 7 wickets on Day 2 of the Pepsi ICC WCL Division 6 tournament.

Peter Gough who scored a century as Jersey beat Bahrain by 7 wickets

Chasing 245 at Les Quennevais in front of a strong home crowd, Gough (100 off 122 balls, ten 4s) was the rock of the Jersey innings, sharing an opening stand of 105 with Corey Bisson (56 off 65 balls, four 4s, one 6) and then putting on 109 for the 2nd wicket with Ben Stevens (69* off 57 balls, ten 4s, two 6s).

The Jersey skipper brought up his ton in the 39th over with an imperious off-drive that raced to the cover boundary, warmly greeted by a standing ovation from his team-mates.

He was unable to add to his score but by then the game was Jersey’s, with Andrew Dewhurst (10 off 12 balls) hitting the winning runs 5 overs later.

Man-of-the-match Gough said, ‘I’m chuffed. I was a bit scratchy at the start and I felt lethargic in the 40s but from 60 onwards felt brilliant. I found some rhythm and by the end the ball was flying off the middle of the bat and I was hitting it cleanly down the ground.

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‘With the ball we weren’t at our best today. We bowled a lot of extras and we didn’t field as well as we normally do. But I’m chuffed to bits with the batting. Stevens and Bisson did a brilliant job. We’ve had two good batting performances in two days and we hope to continue that against Nigeria.’

Bahrain captain Yasir Sadeq said, ‘I really have no complaints against my team today. Jersey played extraordinarily, especially the batting. They really applied themselves and there was nothing we could do. But we will be playing Jersey in the final, trust me.

‘Our batsmen aren’t used to playing on turf wickets so we were pleased to post 245. Tahir Dar scored a good knock of 65 and everyone chipped in. But in the bowling department there was nothing in the pitch and we really appreciated the Jersey innings.’

Elsewhere, Vanuatu bounced back from their first day defeat to beat Argentina by 6 wickets at FB Fields.

Andrew Mansale bowling for Vanuatu

They restricted the South Americans to 169 all out in 49.4 overs, Pablo Ferguson the top Argentinian run-scorer with 54.

Damian Smith (73*) and Samson Kalworai (45*) then starred for Vanuatu with the bat, leading their side to a comfortable victory in 42.5 overs.

Vanuatu’s coach Peter Wooden said, ‘Our boys played brilliantly today. It was a wonderful win. We played some great cricket against Nigeria and to come out after that tough loss and play some superb cricket was fantastic.

‘The bowling was brilliant, particularly our spinners, and then the 100-run partnership between Samson and Damian was first-class.’

Argentina’s captain Esteban Macdermott said, ‘We didn’t perform with the bat today, we didn’t put enough runs on the board. Credit to Vanuatu though, they bowled tightly and their fielding was exceptional. Ferguson’s 50 is one positive for us to take out of the game and I hope he can carry on like that for the rest of the week.’

Meanwhile Nigeria continued their good run of form by notching up a big 111-run win over Kuwait at Grainville.

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Batting first having lost the toss, Nigeria posted an imposing total for the second time in this tournament, making 263-9 in their 50 overs. Dotun Olatunji (66) top-scored whilst Ricky Sharma (47) and Kunle Adegbola (44) made important contributions.

In reply, Kuwait never really looked like troubling the Africans and were all out for 152 in 40.2 overs. Adegbola added to his early runs by taking 4-24 and Oluseye Olympio returned figures of 3-37.

Kuwait’s captain Hisham Mirza said, ‘Like yesterday our batting didn’t click. Nigeria played very well to make 263 but we have issues with our batting. We’re missing six key players from this tour because of selection issues and that’s been a big setback for us. But we’re going to fight back and try our best with this team and see how things go against Argentina.’

Tomorrow is a rest day and matches will continue on Wednesday 24th July. Jersey will meet Nigeria in a top-of-the-table clash at FB Fields, Vanuatu face Bahrain at Grainville and Kuwait will search for their first win when they take on Argentina at Farmers Field.

All matches start at 1100 BST.