Norway shatter ECC dream

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Chasing Norway’s 50-over total of 250 for 7, Jersey were all out for 201 in 46.4 overs with Ian Crocker and Bobby Minty top-scoring with 38 and 37 respectively.

Despite the defeat the Jersey squad can reflect on a fine début at the level having won and lost twice with another match against Israel cancelled.

Jersey skipper Mathew Hague, who returned to the Island this morning with the squad, said: ‘It was disappointing to lose the final but in truth we were outplayed on the day.

‘Our downfall came as a result of not having anyone go on to make a big score.

No-one really got among them and we desperately needed someone to do that to help us along.

‘It’s certainly been a worthwhile experience playing here,’ Hague said before leaving Glasgow Airport early this morning.

‘It’s been a good tournament and it’s taken us to another level.

The standard has been a different class, we’ve played on different wickets and many players we have played against have been quality cricketers.

‘The schedule was tough with four games in quick succession and that went against us a little at the end.

Usually we play once a week so we have time to recover, that has certainly not been the case here.

‘Maybe next time we will have a physio to help us, I know I’ve got aches and pains and I for one would have enjoyed a rub down after matches.

‘After the cancellation of the first game against Israel and then losing to France we did really well to get to the final.

It was a fantastic feeling that day beating Norway and with the other result going for us we reached the semi-finals.

Unfortunately we were unable to repeat that Norway result yesterday.

‘Peter Gough has impressed me.

He batted beautifully in two matches proving what most knew already that he is a class player.’ Gough and Hague put on the highest second-wicket partnership in the Championships, an unbeaten 152 against Norway in their Group II match.

Hague finished sixth and Gough tenth in the top run aggregates with 179 and 155 respectively while the bowler who helped beat Jersey yesterday, Waheed Aamir with four wickets for 28 runs, finished leading wicket taker overall with a dozen wickets.

Elsewhere, Germany defeated Gibraltar by 96 runs to take third place.

Guernsey finished firth following a 61-run win against France.

Israel received the Spirit of Cricket Award, while Player of the Tournament was Guernsey Lee Savident, with 199 runs, including 136 on the final day, and six wickets.

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