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Jenner stars as Jersey make mixed start at T20 World Cup Qualifier

Jonty Jenner finished as the fourth top-scorer at the tournament in 2015. Credit: ICC

Jonty Jenner made back-to-back fifties as Jersey started with a win and a loss at the T20 World Cup Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates.

His 57 not out set them on their way to a 69-run victory over Nigeria in their televised tournament opener in the main stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Jenner followed that up with another half-century as Jersey fell 53 runs short against Canada in their second game, played at the Tolerance Oval.

It leaves Neil MacRae's side fifth in Group B going into Tuesday's clash with the UAE.

Jersey sit fifth in Group B after their opening two games in the UAE. Credit: ICC

The hosts head up the group having beaten Ireland and Hong Kong after losing to Oman in their first game.

The group winners will gain automatic qualification for next year's T20 World Cup in Australia, while the next three sides from each group will play-off for the four remaining spots.

Jersey also reached the global qualifier in Ireland in 2015 where they won two matches to finish 11th overall.

They trained on Monday ahead of games against UAE and Hong Kong - which will also be broadcast live - on consecutive days.

We’ve played some good cricket already and we’re certainly well into the tournament now. We’ve played on both grounds, very good surfaces, and great training facilities as well. We’ve got a lot of confidence in the squad and we’re raring to go tomorrow. [The UAE] are playing in their home conditions but they’ve already shown that teams can get at them. They’ve got some good players and some experienced players but we’ve also got a very exciting side so it’s a great set-up for tomorrow’s match now.

– Neil MacRae, head coach, Jersey Men's Cricket