Action from Jersey's debut ICC World twenty20 match, and win, against Hong Kong at Bready. Photo Courtesy ICC's Twitter handle
Action from Jersey’s debut ICC World twenty20 match, and win, against Hong Kong at Bready. Photo Courtesy ICC’s Twitter handle

Jersey lead the Group A table after their victory against Hong Kong in their first ICC Twenty20 Qualifying tournament. Their opener and captain Peter Gough kept them in control of their chase of 154 and clinched it with an unbeaten 81 in the 18th over, at Bready, Londonderry. ICC World T20 Qualifier 2015: Points table

The first wicket partnership of 112 gave them enough momentum to ensure they were well on course for the win. The other opener Edward Farley scored 57, before getting out in the 13th over. The two batsmen hit 13 fours and four sixes to keep up with the required run-rate and win at a canter. Aizaz Khan, Nadeem Ahmed and Anas Khan were the most expensive opposition bowlers: Aizaz was hit for 38 off his three overs, Nadeem 25 off two overs, and Anas 14 off his only over.  LIVE UPDATES: ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015

Hong Kong’s innings of 153 for 6 was based on their opener Anshuman Rath, who scored 43 off 44 balls, and contributions from Irfan Ahmed (27), Nizakat Khan (25) and No. 4 Mark Chapman. Although left-arm spinner Ben Stevens was Jersey’s most successful bowler, with 2 for 22 off his three overs, the economical bowling of Anthony Kay, who gave away 19 runs from four wicketless overs, restricted Hong Kong’s run-rate.

Jersey’s next game in the tournament is against Papua New Guinea on Sunday.