Although the tourists found themselves outclassed they never stinted in effort and seemed, in the end, to enjoy their tour despite the results.The series gave JICC the opportunity to give games to a number of youngsters and they all took advantage of their chances.On Sunday and Monday JICC set the visitors two rather daunting targets and won comfortably and yesterday they were asked to chase a moderate score and came home with overs to spare.The star on Sunday for JICC was Ian Crocker with 122.
He was in a rich vein of form with all the others giving support in a score of 238 for 1 declared.In reply Ide Cavaliers were able to muster only 103 with Alan Davey the only one to reach double figures with a fine effort of 53.At one point the visitors were 74 for 1 and up with the the race but a wicket from skipper Peter Scott completely changed matters and the rest of the innings disintegrated in a matter of a few overs.Peter Blackburn, although he did not take a wicket, bowled very quickly.
Andy Brown and Scott each snapped up three wickets with Richard Anthony also taking the eve and two wickets.On Monday the teams met at FB Fields and Nigel Crocker and Tom Perchard got JICC away to a flying start with the 50 partnership coming up in just four overs.Altogether they added 197 at a little over eight runs an over until Crocker was caught behind on 89.
Bradley Vautier added a further breezy 22 until he too was caught at the wicket.Ian Crocker kept Perchard company until he reached a super 103 not out and the innings was declared closed on 255 for 2.Davey again top-scored for Ide Cavaliers, this time with 62, and although several batsmen managed double figures no-one stayed long enough to keep up with the rate required.Vernon Hanson bowled well and finished with 4 for 8 from five overs and there were two wickets apiece for Kevan Crowell and Greg Winch, the visitors finishing 97 runs short at the end.Back at Grainville yesterday the visitors, looking for another big score from Davey, decided to take first use of the wicket.Alas, off the very first delivery of the match from Sean Bilson, Davey skied a ball to Nigel Crocker at gully and the innings never recovered.Graham Nevitte with 41 top-scored for the visitors but wickets fell rather too regularly all the way through and they were all out for 111 in the last over of their allotted 40.Micky Higgitt with 3 for 28 featured for JICC and Andy Brown also took a couple of wickets.After the tea interval Danny Bertram and Richard Anthony set the reply under way positively until at 20 Anthony was bowled by Peter Hanson, Ide’s sole success.Bertram kept one end ticking over and Martin Higgins played some lovely shots all round the park and he ended on a well deserved 66 not out.
JICC came home winners by nine wickets in the 23rd over.