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Quick. Jaroslav Halak Jersey . Name the most intense rivalries in cricket. India v Pakistan? Check. Australia v England? Check. Jersey v Guernsey… say what?The Ashes may date back to 1877, but another rivalry, between two much smaller islands - combined population of 160,000 and land mass totalling less than 75 square miles - predates it by 16 years. The history between Jersey and Guernsey on the cricket field runs deep, though the distance between the two British crown dependencies is narrow - its a two-hour ferry ride between the islands just off the north-west coast of France.Some people say that size matters, but Id say they dont build big diamonds, says Stuart Bisson, former Guernsey player and now their assistant coach, answering a question about which island is bigger and better. Jerseys population is 100,000 to Guernseys 60,000, its territory 45 square miles to Guernseys 25. The Inter-Insular - as the annual cricket fixture between the two is known - is held dear among citizens on both islands, a little gem whose entertainment value is inversely proportional to the geographical area the territory covers.Its fierce, says Jersey captain Peter Gough. When I first started, it was the only game you played for Jersey in the whole year. So you played club cricket all year and the whole reason for playing club cricket was to try and get into the island side to get selected for the Guernsey game. So that was your one chance to play in front of a big crowd in a huge game, and that would spill over and it would be a lot of passion and pride in the game.Youd be absolutely mortified if you didnt score any runs, just devastated, because that was your one chance to score runs in front of lots of people, and thats the game that everyone talked about and remembered, so everyone got really fired up for that game, which they still do now, definitely, theres no question about it.My very first memory was getting run out, I was 17 [in 2002, his first Inter-Insular], getting run out, and then one of the Guernsey fans walking onto the field and taunting me as I was walking off the ground. I really wanted to just wrap my bat around his head.The two islands - whose inhabitants are colloquially referred to as Caesareans (Jersey) and Sarnians (Guernsey) from the Latin names for each island - have had teams competing against each other on the cricket field in some form since 1861. The first games were played between sides representing Victoria College in Jersey and Elizabeth College in Guernsey, and with the exception of a few gaps, the two teams usually met for home- and-away fixtures on each island annually from 1862 until 1898.Due in part to the world wars, the latter of which saw both islands occupied by German troops, scorecard records show the game was only played four times over the next 51 years. The rivalry in its current form as a true national-team contest is said by historians and players of past generations from both islands to have originated in 1950, though it wasnt until several years later that the first game was recognised as the first Jersey v Guernsey Inter-Insular.With the exception of 1952 and 1956, when Jersey failed to send a team over to Guernsey, the Inter-Insular match has been played every year for the past 66 years. The two islands also have well-known rivalries in football (for the Murrati Vase) and rugby (the Siam Cup). However, Jersey Cricket Board chairman Ward Jenner says the rivalry between the islands goes well beyond sport, and begins well before 1861.Im sure that most clubs in the world have similar local derbies, but theres a big history between Jersey and Guernsey that goes back to the 1600s, when Guernsey supported the Parliamentarians and Jersey supported the Royalists, Jenner says, referring to the sides each island took during the English Civil War, in which Charles I was executed and his son Charles II lived in exile in Jersey.Theres some pretty gruesome stories about things that happened once upon a time. Theres also some good nicknames as well. Guernsey are known as the Donkeys, which sounds quite pejorative but actually most Guernseymen are proud Donkeys, and they call us Crapauds.A Crapaud is not necessarily as bad as it sounds. A Crapaud is a small toad which lives in Jersey. So the Crapauds and the Donkeys have a long, long rivalry in all sports and across everything really. Its quite fierce but I think most of us are quite good friends.Initially the Inter-Insular was contested as a single-innings declaration match, a format frequently used in premier club cricket in the UK. Jersey won the inaugural contest by six wickets, as well as in 1953, 1954 and 1960. A series of draws, and the two abandoned fixtures in 1952 and 1956, meant that it wasnt until 1961 when Guernsey recorded their first win, by 38 runs at home in St Peter Port.After 14 draws in the first 27 years of the Inter-Insular, including five draws in seven years from 1971 through 1977, the match was changed to a one-day format in 1978.Overall, Jersey holds a 29-21 series lead to go along with the 14 draws. Up until 2006, when both countries first entered an ICC competition at that years ICC European Division Two Championship, the Inter-Insular was often the only game either national team played annually, typically in August or early September.Whenever you win it, theres a huge outpouring of emotion, said Bisson. Ive found that over the years its the guys who control their emotions on the day, they normally come out on top.Its the FA Cup final that we have every year. Its the most important. As much as you try to take the pressure off the day and have everyone relax and enjoy the day, its the most emotive game that we play all year. So keeping the players calm and concentrating on their skills, whoever controls their emotions tends to do well on the day.Jerseys overall winning record is down to their ability to keep calm when games have got tight, whereas Guernsey have developed a reputation for being chokers. Whether it is in Inter-Insular fixtures or ICC tournaments, Jersey have beaten Guernsey seven times by margins of three wickets or less when chasing, and another three times defending a target in the final over by margins of eight, four and one run. Six of those matches were decided on the final ball.Jersey dominated the 1990s. Starting with a four-run triumph defending 201 under the captaincy of Jenner in 1992, they reeled off ten straight wins, the longest winning streak in the rivalry. Jenner captained in the first five of those wins, then left before the 1997 match, when his job moved him to Guernsey. After becoming a resident, Jenner sent out a feeler to Guernseys selection panel to see if they would be interested in picking their former tormentor.I was quite prepared for them to say that it would send out the wrong message and we dont want you to do that, recalls Jenner. That would be fair enough and I would have understood that, but they actually came back and said we want you to play, and we want you to captain. So that was quite a major thing really. I was quite surprised and I thought this was going to definitely set the cat amongst the pigeons.Jenner holds the rare distinction of having been the only player to captain both sides, taking over the reins for the 1998 encounter in a bid to end the Jersey winning streak at six games. Guernsey had come agonisingly close in 1997, needing 20 off four overs with three wickets in hand, and ten off the final over before falling short by eight runs.The Guernsey selection gamble appeared to have its desired effect as the Sarnians, led by Jenner, were on the brink of ending Jerseys dominant run, with Jersey needing 24 off the final two overs chasing Guernseys 189 for 9. Brad Vowden began the 49th by striking two sixes to bring Jerseys equation down to 12 off ten balls before he was caught on the boundary on the next delivery, leaving three wickets in hand. Eventually three were needed to win off the final ball when one of the most extraordinary endings in the history of the Inter-Insular took place.As captain I helped my bowler set the field as accurately as I could, Jenner says. I wont mention any names here, but my bowler bowled a terrible delivery. The Jersey batsman absolutely smashed it to square leg. I thought it was going for six, but actually it went straight, straight into the hands of one of my fielders who I had carefully positioned, maybe not expecting the bowler to bowl that particular ball. Not only did the fielder drop it, he then fumbled twice trying to pick it up to throw the ball in. So Jersey scrambled three runs to win the game.Reports from the Jersey Evening Post and Guernsey Evening Press reveal the identities of the main characters in the drama. Opening batsman Richard Headington should have been the hero for Guernsey, top-scoring with 58, but is better remembered for bowling the final fateful ball. It was one of only two matches in which the future Guernsey captain ever bowled for the Sarnians. Richard Veillard, who had captained Guernsey in 1997, was the culprit for the misfields at square leg. Wicketkeeper Simon Short scored the winning runs, while Colin Grahams mad dash and dive for the third run for victory just beat the relay from Veillard to Guernsey wicketkeeper Mike Webber.Jersey then won another three times before Guernseys golden era began in 2002, behind the brilliance of Jeremy Frith, who would go on to finish his career as Guernseys all-time leading scorer and wicket-taker. In his first Inter-Insular in 2001, Frith fell for a duck in Jerseys tenth consecutive win. From 2002 to 2011, Frith scored 499 runs at 71.29 - including a century and three fifties - as Guernsey won eight of the next ten meetings, including five straight from 2002 through 2006.The Inter-Insular holds enough prestige that even though it is a bilateral fixture between two Associate sides ranked 29th and 31st in the world in 50-over cricket, players who are contracted with county sides are released to go back home and play in the contest. That includes 20-year-old Leicestershire allrounder Matt Stokes, who led Guernsey to a five-wicket win in the 2015 Inter-Insular by scoring 86 and taking 1 for 11 in eight overs, and Jerseys 18-year-old Jonty Jenner, Wards son, a Sussex-contracted player who was named Channel Islands Sports Personality of the Year in 2015.The younger Jenner is one of three second-generation talents in the Jersey squad for the 65th Inter-Insular on August 20 in Jersey. Luke Gallichan, son of Wayne, and Harrison Carlyon, son of Tony and nephew of Steve - two stalwarts from the 1990s Jersey dynasty - are also included. If Harrison is selected to debut, he will be Jerseys youngest capped player at age 15, beating Jontys mark as a 16-year-old in 2014. And so the agony and the ecstasy of the rivalry is passed down from generation to generation. For Ward Jenner, watching Jonty taking part in the rivalry is a nerve-wracking experience.I had a few reasonably successful days myself and I had some not-so-good times as a player, Jenner says. I think watching your son play and knowing what the rivalry is like is the icing on the cake really.In recent years, several players on each side admit that the increased fixture list, courtesy of ICC tournaments, has taken some of the edge off the Inter-Insular and put it into context. Promotion and relegation in events like the World Cricket League has taken precedence, though if the two islands come across each other in ICC tournament games it heightens the sense of occasion and has more often than not provided nail-biting finishes.Jersey managed to chase down a target of 218 with one wicket to spare in the WCL Division Five in Malaysia in 2014, ensuring promotion for themselves and relegation for Guernsey. Guernsey were 209 for 4 in 46 overs chasing a target of 219 in ICC Europe Division Two in 2008, only to lose five wickets for five runs, three of them run-outs, in an eventual one-run loss that allowed Jersey to move up into the ICC Europe Division One as tournament champions.We were absolutely cruising it and then from nowhere we just absolutely capitulated and lost the game by one run, says current Guernsey captain Jamie Nussbaumer, who played his maiden Inter-Insular just two weeks prior to the showdown in the ICC tournament. That was basically as low as it got.However tight the rivalry might get on the field, the participants remain resolute to uphold the old tradition of socialising with the opposition in the bar after a game. Guernsey and Jersey have also briefly competed on some occasions as a combined Channel Islands team. Most recently, the combined side in the ongoing over-50s County Cricket competition ensures that players from both sides who went toe to toe in their heyday are getting along just fine as they grey.The Inter-Insular remains a date that both sets of islanders mark on their calendars. Be it as a player or spectator, its a rivalry that will continue forging memorable moments for generations to come.Back in the 80s on a Sunday when the game was played, the pubs were shut and basically there was not much else to do in Guernsey, and crowds of thousands of people would turn up to the games, Jenner says. Its still very well supported now. Probably a little bit more boisterous and vociferous in Guernsey than they are over here, and theres a lot of island pride at stake.Theyre big, big games of cricket and theres a lot of emotion involved and some great characters as well, but at the end of the day its cricket. Its a game, it should be fun. John Tavares Jersey . Radwanska, making her debut in the Seoul tournament, hit eight aces in a match that lasted 1 hour, 4 minutes at Olympic Park tennis stadium. "It was definitely a very good match -- I was playing really good tennis," Radwanska said. Clark Gillies Jersey . Each of Houstons starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 against the Spurs this season, with both victories coming on the road. They also moved within 3 1/2 games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division. http://www.hockeyislandersonline.us/Cal-Clutterbuck-Jersey/ . Jeff Green scored 13 points and Kris Humphries 12 for the Celtics, who nearly blew an 18-point, second-half lead. Sullingers 20-20 was the first by a Celtics player since Kevin Garnetts first game in Boston in 2007. Garnett was dealt -- along with Paul Pierce -- to Brooklyn during the off-season.BOSTON – Crumpled in the blue paint of the crease, head down for a few moments, season dramatically over, James Reimer could hardly stomach what had just occurred. In a matter of stunning minutes, he and the Leafs went from sure victory to disastrous defeat, Patrice Bergeron burying the dagger deep in overtime of game 7. "Theres no way to describe it I dont think," said Reimer, visibly shattered from all that had just transpired. "Its just an empty feeling. Its over and theres nothing you can do about it." The series of events were almost too unbelievable to comprehend, a disintegration that slowly manifest before the hammer dropped thunderously in the final two minutes of regulation and again for good in overtime. "Its extremely, extremely tough to put into words," a dejected Dion Phaneuf said. "We had a team down and out and we just let them take over the game and climb out of a hole that they never shouldve came back from. "Its just extremely disappointing any time a year comes to an end and this one its probably the toughest loss Ive ever had in pro hockey." On the verge of embarrassing the Bruins on home ice, the Leafs led comfortably by a 4-1 margin with fewer than 11 minutes to go, Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri dealing early in the third frame to seemingly hammer the game out of reach. A snipe from Nathan Horton appeared a mild drop in the bucket, cutting the Toronto lead to two, but it proved just the beginning of an incredible unraveling. Drifting back into a dangerous prevent-like defence with an all but certain lead, the Leafs would manage just one shot after Hortons goal, constantly in retreat amid an unlikely Bruins comeback. "Going into the third we wanted to keep our foot on the gas and not sit back," Cody Franson explained, his two-goal outing just a footnote after the collapse. "We knew going into the third that when we try and sit back and hold leads we give up way too much. We wanted to do the opposite of that and the first 10 minutes we did. We kept the pressure on them, we got a few goals and things looked good for a minute there." Despite their increasing futility amid the Boston pushback, the TD Garden crowd suddenly alive with fervor, the Leafs still remained in control of their fate, up a pair when Tuukka Rask vacated his net wiith two minutes and four seconds left in regulation. Christopher Gibson Jersey. It took 42 seconds before the puck was in the back of the net, Milan Lucic pouncing on a rebound to cut a increasingly nervous Toronto lead to one. "You try to keep your composure as best you can and try and stop the bleeding," Franson said. Ultimately, they could not. Providing a mountain of a screen at six feet and nine inches, Zdeno Chara stood atop the crease in the waning final minute of the third frame, a wall in front of Reimer and consequently all the cover Bergeron would need to slip a point shot through, the score knotted improbably at four. Overtime loomed, the catastrophe of what had just transpired difficult to shake. "We were trying to be as positive as possible," Kadri recalled of the strategy session after regulation. "Obviously it was a bit of a heartbreaker how they came back and scored three goals." It took six minutes and five seconds in the extra frame before Bergeron delivered the final knockout punch, an emotionally stunned group still trying to piece together the damage in the moments after. "One minute you think youre going to win the game, youre up 4-1 and then 20 minutes its all over," Jake Gardiner chimed softly. "I dont know what happened to us," added Kessel. "4-1, you cant lose that game." An unlikely candidate to even make the postseason when the year began, the Leafs ultimately took a very real step in the right direction with their pesky performance against the Bruins, victories in games 5 and 6 thrusting their favoured opponent onto the ropes. Their speed, belief and enthusiasm, not to mention the bushels of postseason experience was of definite consequence. But in the stinging aftermath of an epic undoing optimism for some was just too difficult to grasp. "How can you look at the positives after a game like that," a stung Kessel pondered. Navigating through his haunting thoughts, Reimer finally summed up the heartbreak he was feeling, the emptiness he felt when Bergeron ended the Maple Leafs season. "When you go through the season and a goal goes in or somebody scores in overtime, shootout, whatever deciding goal it is, it sucks but youll get em next time," he said. "A case like tonight there is no next time, its just next year." Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Jerseys 2018 Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Jerseys From China ' ' ' 
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