After a dominating performance in the recent CWC Challenge League B tournament in Uganda in which they won every game, Jersey’s thoughts now turn to the shorter format as they prepare for the upcoming qualifier for the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Ahead of the qualifier in Zimbabwe they are in Namibia for a tri-series that also involves the hosts and the USA. The series opened today with Jersey taking on the Namibians.

Put into bat, Namibia started with Craig Williams and Divan la Cock putting on a rapid partnership of 53 in 5.3 overs. Williams dominated the partnership, scoring 40 from 23 balls before he was the first man out. The next few partnerships weren’t as big as Namibia reached 113-5 when Malan Kruger was dismissed in the 15th over.

Kruger’s dismissal brought the experienced David Wiese to the crease and he put on a show for the Namibian fans who had come to see his first home international. He clubbed 55 from just 21 balls and was ably assisted by Zane Green who scored 30 from 13 balls. The pair put on 83 to take Namibia’s total to 196-5.

Wiese then made it an all-round contribution as Jersey collapsed in the early stages of their reply. He took two wickets with Ruben Trumpelmann taking three as the visitors quickly found themselves firmly on the back foot on 22-5.

Asa Tribe then played a superb knock to avoid a complete catastrophe for Jersey. Batting for the rest of the innings he scored 72 from 57 balls to help Jersey reach 131-9 from their 20 overs. A knock of 12 by Elliot Miles was the only other double digit score.

The tri-series continues tomorrow with Namibia taking on the USA.