Jersey extended their winning run in the annual inter-insular clash to a third year with a win over Guernsey at Farmers Field in Jersey over the weekend.
Batting first after winning the toss, Guernsey soon found themselves in trouble, losing Lucas Barker and Ollie Newey for single figure scores. A partnership of 36 between Matt Stokes and Jeremy Frith for the third wicket briefly got the Guernsey innings back on track.
Both of that pair were removed by Cornelis Bodenstein, with Ben Ferbrache getting out to Rhys Palmer in between, as Guernsey lost three wickets for three runs in 11 deliveries. The Jersey bowlers got well on top of the game, reducing Guernsey to 83-7.
The Guernsey tail rallied though, with the eighth wicket partnership of Jason Martin and Tom Kimber putting on 26 before Martin became Bodenstein's third wicket for 24. Kimber then put on 48 for the ninth wicket with Will Peatfield.
Kimber finished the innings unbeaten on 41 as Guernsey were bowled out for 168. The Jersey bowlers wouldn't have been pleased that the last three wickets doubled the Guernsey score, but would still have been confident of the batsmen chasing down the target.
Jersey set off their reply in quick fashion with Peter Gough and Jonty Jenner putting on 45 in 8.2 overs before Frith had Jenner caught for 29. Ben Stevens followed for a duck soon after, but there was to be no collapse in the Jersey innings.
Jersey captain Peter Gough guided his team to a six wicket win with 15.5 overs to spare, finishing unbeaten on 88. Nat Watkins and Ed Farley also contributed, with 25 and 21 respectively.
Neither team has any scheduled matches now until next year, with both set to play in the European Division One Championship. Guernsey will also be playing in World Cricket League Division Six next year.
Jersey beat Guernsey by 6 wickets
Farmers Field, Jersey, 6 September
Guernsey 168 (48.5 overs, C Bodenstein 3-25)
Jersey 172-4 (34.1 overs, P Gough 88*)