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'We let them in massively' says Guernsey skipper Nussbaumer

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THE disappointment of coming up five runs short of a hundred could not banish the beaming smile from Jersey captain Peter Gough's face after his side regained the Inter-Insular Trophy on Saturday.

The left-handed opener's innings was far from fluent, but in the context of a low-scoring game at Grainville, it was a crucial knock that set up a 49-run win for the hosts as they successfully defended 206.

'It's a really important win – it was a huge game for us today,' said man-of-the-match Gough, who praised his bowlers for their outstanding effort in dismissing Guernsey for just 157 having reduced them to 21 for four early in the reply.

'We thought our total was a little bit under par – 220 would have been good, but 206 was not too bad.'

Guernsey captain Jamie Nussbaumer said that his side had batted themselves out of the game. 'When you are four down with not even 12 overs on the board, from there you are not going to win games of cricket.

'We did not show any application at the top of the order and it's cost us.

'We were happy with chasing 207. We thought the deck was all right – a bit slow and a bit of tennis ball bounce, but we would have taken 207 at the start.

'If a couple of batters had got in at the start, we go on to win that game, but at four down it was stick or twist for our middle order.

'Jersey turned the screw, but we have let them in massively.'

  • Full match report in Monday’s Guernsey Press.

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