In the morning session at Goldenacre, Austria won the toss and chose to bat first against Germany. After Dieter Klein bowled Iqbal Hossain from the first ball of the match, Mark Simpson-Parker and captain Razmal Shigiwal began hitting out but having scored 29 in four overs, Shigiwal fell for 10 to a sensational catch by Joshua van Heerden, who ran around 25 yards towards long-off before diving to his left to take the catch.
Simpson-Parker hung on until the tenth over when he was the fifth man out for 24, hitting the ball for a simple catch in the covers as Germany’s bowlers turned on the pressure. Aqib Iqbal was the only other Austrian to reach double figures with 24 before he was bowled by Dieter Klein to end the innings. All five German bowlers took two wickets as they bowled Austria out for just 83.
Germany’s reply started with Venkatraman Ganesan and Joshua van Heerden putting on 28 before the former holed out to mid-on for 8. That was the last of the wickets, as van Heerden was joined by Michael Richardson in an unbroken partnership of 58.
Richardson contributed 26 whilst van Heerden was Germany’s top scorer with 47 and he finished the game in style with a six to secure the nine wicket win.
In the afternoon session over at The Grange, Jersey captain Chuggy Perchard won the toss and asked Scotland to bat first. Scotland scored 23 – 19 of them from George Munsey – from the first two overs before Perchard brought himself on to bowl, promptly dismissing Ollie Hairs from just the second ball he faced.
Matthew Cross added five runs to the total before he too fell to Perchard, which brought Richie Berrington – playing his 300th match for Scotland – to the crease. He and Munsey took the score from 39 to 50 before Elliot Miles bowled the dangerous Munsey for 33, celebrating the dismissal with something that vaguely resembled a cartwheel.
Berrington scored 34 from 28 balls before he holed out to Josh Lawrenson at long-on as Perchard’s frequent bowling changes prevented Scotland settling. Michael Leask was bowled by Ben Ward attempting a sweep soon afterwards, and Scotland were six down with 88 on the board in the 14th over.
But there were to be no further wickets for Jersey as Chris Greaves and Mark Watt put on an unbroken 61 for the seventh wicket, scoring 30 and 31 respectively to take Scotland to a total of 149-6. Still short of their score against Germany yesterday, but more competitive than it was looking like for much of their innings.
Jersey’s reply started poorly with Mark Watt getting on top of Charlie Brennan with five dot balls before he got him to play a rash shot from the last ball of the over which was caught by Safyaan Sharif.
Harrison Carlyon added 14 to the score before he became Brad Currie’s maiden T20I wicket, with Asa Tribe out for a duck three balls later. Jonty Jenner played out two further dot balls with Currie picking up a rare T20I double-wicket-maiden.
Rain started to fall in the fifth over, but it was never heavy enough to drive the players from the field. Jonty Jenner and Nick Greenwood were able to put on 50 for the fourth wicket with Jenner bringing up the 50 partnership with a six before edging to the the wicketkeeper from his next ball, having contributed 29.
Nick Greenwood continued plugging away and reached 36 from 27 balls before he was the sixth man out, caught in the covers by Richie Berrington with the score on 93. There was to be no repeat of the unbroken seventh wicket partnership that Scotland had though, with just five added.
Mark Watt ended his spell with two wickets in two balls in the 18th over, finishing with 4-21 as Eliot Miles kept out the hat-trick ball. With Safyaan Sharif going for just three runs in the penultimate over, it left Ben Ward needing to hit 35 from the last over to win the game. He scored 20 to take his score to 47 from 29 balls with Jersey 14 runs short and perhaps wondering if Ben Ward should have been brought into bat a little earlier.
Tomorrow is a rest day in Scotland with play resuming on Sunday. Austria will be playing Ireland that day in their first ever match against an ICC full member, Jersey take on Italy and Germany face off against Denmark. Scotland get an extra day rest before their next match, against Italy on Monday.