Jersey bowled out for 46 by Afghanistan in Twenty20 warm-up

By James LawBBC Sport
Jersey cricket
Peter Gough (right) opened the batting for Jersey and scored 12, the joint highest of their brief innings
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 warm-up match
Jersey: 46 all out (10.2 overs)
Gough 12, Bodenstein 12, Kay 1-12
Afghanistan: 47 for 2 after 7.3 overs
Mangal 16, Shenwari 14, Ashraf 3-10
Match scorecardexternal-link

Jersey have been bowled out for just 46 in a Twenty20 warm-up game against Afghanistan in Edinburgh.

The Channel Islanders will make their debut in the World Twenty20 Qualifier next week as they bid to reach the global tournament in India.

Afghanistan won by eight wickets in just 7.3 overs after Jersey's last five wickets fell for just one run.

"We feel like we've just learnt a lot of lessons really fast," Jersey captain Peter Gough told BBC Sport.

"It was one of those days where all the risks we took seemed to be going into people's hands, which was frustrating.

"It's a shame it was only 46 but the way we went about it, being as positive as we could, was great."

Monday's humbling defeat came after Jersey had played two further warm-ups last week, which included a victory over Kenya.

As the Afghanistan game was not recognised as an official match, Jersey's innings will not feature on the unwanted record list.

The Netherlands currently hold the record for the lowest Twenty20 total, scoring just 39 against Sri Lanka last year.

Jersey cricket
Following their heavy defeat by Afghanistan, Jersey were beaten by 69 runs on Tuesday

Jersey, which has a population of just 99,000, topped a group including Denmark, Italy and arch-rivals Guernsey in May to get to the World Qualifier, which will take place in Scotland and Ireland.

The side, coached by Neil MacRae, will come up against countries such as USA, Nepal and joint-hosts Ireland.

"We're on a big stage and perhaps that got to us a little bit, but the reassuring thing is that we feel like we belong at this level," added Gough.

"We haven't come out of it thinking 'we're at the wrong level here'. Yes there's a step up, but if we work on the things we've learnt, we definitely have a chance to win games at this level."

Jersey's final practice match came against Scotland on Tuesday, with the home side prevailing by 69 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis system.