The UAE succumbed to a 35-run defeat against Jersey in their fourth game of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers.
The UAE are now placed fourth in Group B while Jersey climbed to the second spot after two wins in three games.
Jersey elected to bat and made a slow start to the innings, scoring 42 runs in the powerplay for the loss of two wickets. The UAE bowlers struck at regular intervals to prevent Jersey from gaining any sort of momentum. However, Benjamin Ward’s whirlwind cameo gave the impetus the island nation badly needed in the latter part of the innings.
The 20-year-old slammed 47 off just 24 deliveries before being trapped LBW by Junaid Siddique in the penultimate over. Jersey managed to play out their full quota of overs as they posted 147, losing their tenth wicket off the final ball of the innings.
Zahoor Khan and Siddique were the standout bowlers for UAE, picking up two wickets each.
The tournament hosts got off to a flying start in the chase, with openers Rohan Mustafa and Chirag Suri adding 60 runs in nine overs. Teenage off-spinner Harrison Carlyon broke the partnership, dismissing both Suri and Mustafa in the space of two overs.
That triggered a slide as the UAE lost six wickets for just 25 runs between overs 10-15 with the next five batters each falling before reaching double figures. Calyon and left-arm spinner Ben Stevens were the wreckers-in-chief, bagging six wickets between them for just 35 runs. The UAE never recovered and were finally all out in the final over of the game.
The UAE play their next game against Nigeria on Thursday while Jersey take on Hong Kong on Wednesday.
Jersey 147 all out (Benjamin Ward 47; Zahoor Khan 2-39) beat the UAE 112 all out (Mustafa 28; Harrison Carlyon 3-15, Ben Stevens 3-20) by 35 runs
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