Guernsey beat Argentina by 29 runs in World Cricket League

Ross Kneller

Guernsey beat Argentina by 29 runs in the third match of their ICC World Cricket League Division Five campaign.

In a rain-affected game Guernsey hit 213-7 from 42 overs as Ross Kneller got 86 and Ben Ferbrache hit 33 not out.

Argentina needed a revised total of 163 off 29 overs, but fell 30 runs short as they ended on 133-9 in reply.

David Hooper took 3-28 as Guernsey secured a victory that sees them stay third in the group ahead of Wednesday's match with leaders Malaysia.

Guernsey recovered after being 37-3 at one point after Andy Biggins had been bowled out for a first-ball duck, GH Smit went for 16 and Tim Ravenscroft failed to score.

But skipper Stuart Le Prevost helped to steady the ship with 22 before man-of-the-match Kneller and Ferbrache put on 89 for the sixth wicket.

Guernsey's bowlers struck regularly as they cruised through the Argentine line-up with only opener Grant Dugmore offering any real resistance with a knock of 42.

"We lost a few early wickets so we were in a little bit of trouble," Kneller told BBC Guernsey.

"Myself and Stuart Le Prevost had to knuckle down and lay a bit of a platform for the rest of the innings..

"It was one of those days where I felt in really good touch but I was just more concerned that as a team we could get a good score for the bowlers to defend later on, we wanted a high enough score to not leave us in a bad position for Duckworth/Lewis."

Guernsey's next opponents, Malaysia, are a team they beat twice on their way to winning the Division Six tournament last September.

"They're a very good team, but we've beaten them in the past two games but that's nothing to take on, we're going to go into the game with a totally clean slate," added Kneller.

"If we can beat them it will stand us in good stead to qualify for the next league."