European women's T20: Jersey lose to Italians in final

Jersey batting
Italy were the only side to beat hosts Jersey during the three day tournament at FB Fields

Jersey finished runners-up in the women's European Twenty20 tournament on home turf as they suffered a 32-run loss to Italy in the final of the five-nation event at FB Fields.

Put in to bat first after losing the toss, the Italians posted 106-7.

Jersey's reply started brightly enough with skipper Gemma Dunning and Amanda Smith sharing a 27-run opening stand.

But the middle-order struggled to find the boundary as the hosts stuttered to 74-8 from their allotted overs.

The island side had gone into the game on the back of three consecutive group wins against France, Germany and Norway, with their only previous loss coming against the Italians on the opening day.

Some economical early bowling from skipper Dunning (2-18) helped restrict the visitors to less than a run a ball.

Jersey bowling against Italy
Jersey bowled tightly and fielded well but struggled to score quickly against the Italians

In reply, Jersey's opening pair appeared to have set the foundations for the run chase, but the batters that followed failed to keep up with the required run rate as the game drifted away from them and towards the visitors.

"I'm delighted we got this far," Dunning told BBC Radio Jersey.

"We started with a defeat against Italy and it took us a game to get going but we bounced back really well.

"I'm really proud of what the team have managed to accomplish this week and the Italians are a very strong unit."

Earlier in the day Jersey had comfortably beaten Norway by 68 runs in their last group game to secure their spot in the final.

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