- Inter Insular
- Inter Insular #63 2014
- Inter Insular #64 2015
- Inter Insular #65 2016
- Inter Insular #66 2017
- Inter Insular #67 2018
- Inter Insular Series Start
- Inter Insular #1 1950
- Inter Insular #2 1951
- Inter Insular 1952
- Inter Insular #3 1953
- Inter Insular #4 1954
- Inter Insular #5 1955
- Inter Insular 1956
- Inter Insular #6 1957
- Inter Insular #7 1958
- Inter Insular #8 1959
- Inter Insular #9 1960
- Inter Insular #10 1961
- Inter Insular #11 1962
- Inter Insular #12 1963
- Inter Insular #13 1964
- Inter Insular #14 1965
- Inter Insular #15 1966
- Inter Insular #16 1967
- Inter Insular #17 1968
- Inter Insular #18 1969
- Inter Insular #19 1970
- Inter Insular #20 1971
- Inter Insular #21 1972
- Inter Insular #22 1973
- Inter Insular #23 1974
- Inter Insular #24 1975
- Inter Insular #25 1976
- Inter Insular #26 1977
- Inter Insular #27 1978
- Inter Insular #28 1979
- Inter Insular #29 1980
- Inter Insular #30 1981
- Inter Insular #31 1982
- Inter Insular #32 1983
- Inter Insular #33 1984
- Inter Insular #34 1985
- Inter Insular #35 1986
- Inter Insular #36 1987
- Inter Insular #37 1988
- Inter Insular #38 1989
- Inter Insular #39 1990
- Inter Insular #40 1991
- Inter Insular #41 1992
- Inter Insular #42 1993
- Inter Insular #43 1994
- Inter Insular #44 1995
- Inter Insular #45 1996
- Inter Insular #46 1997
- Inter Insular #47 1998
- Inter Insular #48 1999
- Inter Insular #49 2000
- Inter Insular #50 2001
- Inter Insular #51 2002
- Inter Insular #52 2003
- Inter Insular #53 2004
- Inter Insular #54 2005
- Inter Insular #55 2006
- Inter Insular #56 2007
- Inter Insular #57 2008
- Inter Insular #58 2009
- Inter Insular #59 2010
- Inter Insular #60 2011
- Inter Insular #61 2012
- Inter Insular #62 2013
- ICC Europe
- Europe T20 Div 1 Sussex 2013
- ICC Europe Division 2 Scotland 2006
- ICC Europe Division 2 Guernsey 2010
- ICC Europe T20 Division 1 Guernsey/Jersey 2011
- ICC Europe Division 2 Guernsey 2008
- ICC Europe T20 Division 1 Jersey 2015
- ICC Europe Div 1 Netherlands 2018
- ICC World
- ICC World Cricket League Division 7 Guernsey 2009
- ICC World Cricket League Division 5 Malaysia 2014
- ICC World Cricket League Division 5 Singapore 2012
- ICC World Cricket League Division 6 Malaysia 2011
- ICC World Cricket League Division 6 Singapore 2006
- ICC World Cricket League Div 6 Essex 2015
- ICC World Cricket League Div 5 Jersey 2016
- ICC World Cricket League Div 5 South Africa 2017
- Guernsey Cricket Statistics
- Inter Insular 100/50 partnerships
- Inter Insular Results by Ground
- Inter Insular Wicket partnerships
- Best Teams
- Inter Insular Comparisons
- Inter Insular Captains
- ICC Europe / WCL 100/50 partnerships
- European and World Debuts
- ICC Tournaments Results by Countries
- ICC Tournaments Best Performances
- Miscellaneous Articles
- Philip Sarre
- Jeremy Frith
- Mick (Tico) Mechem
- Micky Fooks
- The 4 teachers
- Andy Cornford
- Nic Pothas
- Charles Grieve
- GH Smit
- Jamie Nussbaumer
- Tim Ravenscroft
- David Nussbaumer
- Lee Savident
- Stuart Le Prevost
- Robert Osborne-Smith
- David Piesing
- Alan Bisson
- Capt Le Prevost stands down
- GJ Rich
- Tony Taylor
- Warren Barrett
- Pierre Le Cocq
- Ricky Mills
- Mike Webber
- Robin Roussel
- Ian Damarell
- Pete Vidamour
- Glenn Milnes
- Alan Lewis
- Miles Dobson
- Keith Howick
- REH Anthony
- SBR Mackay
- Best Teams
- Bill Druce
- Ashley Wright
- Matt Stokes
- Will Fazakerley
- Vernon Collenette
- Benches for KGV
- Albert Geary
- Roger Self
- Great Elizabethans
- Cricketer Dec 2018 Guernsey v Jersey
- CJH Rawlinson
- Ernest Henry Charles Yates
- Bill Robilliard
- Andy Biggins
- Inter Insular Statistics Batting
- ICC Europe Statistics ODI Catches
- Inter Insular Statistics Bowling
- Inter Insular Statistics Catches/ Stumpings
- Inter Insular Statistics Appearances
- Inter Insular Statistics Combined
- ICC Europe Statistics ODI Batting
- ICC Europe Statistics ODI Bowling
- ICC Europe Statistics ODI Appearance
- ICC Europe ODI Statistics Combined
- ICC Europe Statistics T20 Batting
- ICC Europe Statistics T20 Bowling
- ICC Europe Statistics T20 Catches
- ICC Europe Statistics T20 Appearances
- ICC Europe T20 Statistics Combined
- ICC World Statistics Batting
- ICC World Statistics Bowling
- ICC World Statistics Catches / Stumpings
- ICC World Statistics Appearances
- ICC World Statistics Combined
- All Senior Statistics Batting
- All Senior Statistics Bowling
- All Senior Statistics Catches
- All Senior Statistics Appearances
- All senior Statistics Combined
- Jersey Int Ins Statistics
- Jersey Int Ins Statistics Batting
- Jersey Int Ins Statistics Bowling
- Jersey Int Ins Statistics Catches/Stump
- Jersey Int Ins Statistics Appearances
- Jersey Int Ins Statistics Combined
- Jersey Int Ins T20 Batting
- Jersey Int Ins T20 Bowling
- Jersey Int Ins T20 Catches/Stump
- Jersey Int Ins T20 Appearance
- Jersey Int Ins T20 Combined
- Inter Insular Results
- Inter Insular Best Performances
- Inter Insular Man-of-the-match awards
- Inter Insular Timeline
- Inter Insular Dismissals
- Inter Insular Dates
- Inter Insular Trophies
- Capped players by type
- Inter Insular T20 Batting
- Inter Insular T20 Bowling
- Inter Insular T20 Catch
- Inter Insular T20 Appearance
- Inter Insular T20 Combined
- Contact Us
ICC Europe T20 Division 1 Sussex 2013
|Mon 8th July 2.30pm||Norway||League A|
|Tue 9th July 10am||Austria||League A|
|Thu 10th July 10am||Italy||League A|
|Thu 10th July 2.30pm||Gibraltar||League A|
|Fri 12th July 2pm||Sweden||League A|
|Sat 13th July||Denmark||Semi-final Playoff|
‘Guernsey and Jersey are kept apart’ by Gareth Le Prevost in the Guernsey Press of 25th May
GUERNSEY and Jersey are in opposite groups for July’s ICC European Division One T20 Championship in Sussex. The Sarnians are in Group A along with Italy, Norway, Austria, Gibraltar and Sweden. Group B comprises champions Denmark, Jersey, France, Belgium, Germany and the Isle of Man. The top two teams from each group after the round-robin stage, which starts on Monday 8 July, will progress to the semi-finals to be held at the County Ground in Hove on Saturday 13 July followed by the final that evening. The two finalists will qualify for the ICC Global World T20 Qualifier to be held in the United Arab Emirates in October .
The ICC Europe website has details of the tournament:
The ICC European Division 1 Championship consists of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man (2012 Division 2 winners), Italy, Jersey, Norway and Sweden (2012 Division 2 runners-up) playing each other in two Twenty20 round-robin leagues, followed by cross-over semi-finals and final play-offs. The group stages will be taking place at Horsham CC located 5 minutes from the town centre and the picturesque Preston Nomads CC will be the venue for the rest of the matches. The twelve European teams will be battling it out, hoping to reach the enthralling finals day at Sussex CCC on July 13.
Guernsey Press on Fri 14th June
‘Proud Pothas goes with youth’ by Gareth Le Prevost
NIC POTHAS has already had selection headaches and there are more just around the corner after Guernsey announced their provisional squad for the European T20 Championship yesterday. The new director of island cricket spoke of his ‘immense pride’ as the initial 19-man group was named for the tournament in Sussex next month, which will see the finalists progress to the ICC Global World T20 Qualifier in the UAE later in the year. The first official squad of the new regime has a very youthful look to it, although there are plenty of players with international experience following Guernsey’s recent World Cricket League successes.
‘It is a fantastic blend of youth and experience,’ said Pothas, who added that the shorter format of the game compared to the WCL matches was also taken into account. ‘The players made our selection really tough and, together with Jamie [Nussbaumer) and Tim [Ravens croft), we spent a long time discussing options and combinations, which is a very nice headache to have, before ultimately agreeing on this squad. ‘The younger players’ have done exactly what has been asked of them by going and performing for their clubs and in the representative games and have placed the more experienced guys under pressure to perform.’
Exciting prospects such as Lucas Barker and Matthew Stokes have gained recognition while, as expected, 17-year-old Guernsey Premier League MVP Jordon Martel is also included. Pothas revealed that another teenager missed out only due to other sporting commitments. ‘Young Ollie Nightingale is notable absentee from this squad, but purely by virtue of the fact that he will be at the Island Games during the competition, otherwise he would definitely have been included,’ he said.
The fact that three wicketkeepers Tom Kimber, Jason Martin and Zak Damarell – have also made the cut emphasises how Pothas is keen to increase the strength in depth of the pool of players at his disposal. ‘The more competition we have for places, the greater the quality of the product which will be delivered and the greater success we will enjoy,’ said the director of cricket. ‘I am very excited by the progress made by all the players, which is testament to their hard work and commitment to the process. ‘As a squad, we have come a long way In a short space of time but there is still a long way to go. Resting on our laurels is not an option if we are to achieve the vision which the players have set for themselves. ‘Obviously, there are going to be players who will be disappointed at being left out of the final 14 who will fly the flag for Guernsey at the ICC T20 event because they care so deeply, but it’s the reaction to the disappointment which will be monitored closely.’
Jamie Nussbaumer (captain), Ross Kneller, Chris Van Vliet, Lucas Barker, GH Smit. Tom Kimber (wk), Zak Damarell (wk), David Hooper, Tim Ravenscroft (vice-captain), Matthew Stokes, Matt Breban, Max Ellis, Jordon Martel, Jeremy Frith, Jason Martin (wk), Adam Martel, Stuart Bisson, Ben Ferbrache and Oliver Newey.
Management team Nic Pothas (coach), Andy Perkins (conditioning coach), Lee Savident (manager).
Guernsey Press on Sat 15th June
‘The cut is made’ by Rob Batiste
JUST two days after the announcement of a preliminary squad for next month’s European T20 Championships in Sussex, five players have been cut. Nic Pothas, the new director of cricket, certainly has not wasted time in making his final judgement.
The unlucky handful include the Rovers all-rounder Stuart Bisson, a familiar face in recent island touring squads, his Port Soif club colleague Adam Martel, Cobo all-rounder Ollie Newey, his out-of-form club team-mate Ben Ferbrache and the young St Pierre wicketkeeper Jason Martin. The latter’s loss is Zak Damarell’s gain, the island hockey player being given the opportunity to become a double senior ‘cap’, as was his father Ian.
Pothas said his choices had been tough to make and he sympathised with those who have felt the axe, most notably all-rounders Bisson and Newey. ‘From an effort point of view they have been brilliant. It’s always hard to tell these guys they are out of the squad.’ But, as he explained, ‘you can only have so many all-rounders in the team’.
He might have added particularly for T20 and where Guernsey have a wealth of slow-bowling all-rounder alternatives, plus the captain Jamie Nussbaumer, who will presumably open the bowling. Pothas said he had no problem choosing such an inexperienced team. ‘The young kids are really starting to push hard.’ Eight of the squad are 22 or under, making it a remarkably young group Pothas takes to Sussex where they have, in their qualifying group, Austria, Gibraltar, Italy, Norway and Sweden. The two finalists from the week-long tournament, which has the final at Hove on Saturday 13 July, go forward to the global World T20 qualifier in the UAE later this year.
Jamie Nussbaumer (captain), Ross Kneller, Chris Van Vliet, Lucas Barker, GH Smit, Tom Kimber (wk), Zak Damarell (wk), David Hooper, Tim Ravenscroft (vice- captain), Matthew Stokes, Matthew Breban, Max Ellis, Jordon Martel and Jeremy Frith.
Inside Track by Rob Batiste on the same day:
IT’S very easy to feel old watching our top-level cricket these days. The average age of the top sides is plummeting and, while that may lead to inconsistency in performance, in reality it is a breath of fresh air. On top of that, it is intriguing to see how the lads develop as cricketers. Nic Pothas is not the sort of guy to mess about. He has seen something in a group of young cricketers with stacks of energy, enthusiasm and, most importantly, talent. But, nevertheless, with success or failure on the ICC playing fields relative to the size of the GCB’s grants, Pothas has been impressively brave with his selection for next month’s European Division One T20 tournament in Sussex, with eight of the 14-man squad 22 or under, three of them teenagers. It may have been four under-18s if Ollie Nightingale had not been committed to swimming at the Island Games. But his time will probably come and it may also, very soon, for the likes of Luke Le Tissier and Jason Martin.
Guernsey Press on Tuesday 18th June
‘Ravenscroft out’ by Rob Batiste
One minute Jersey were rueing the loss of their top player ahead of the ICC European T20 Championships and now Guernsey are in the same boat.
Having been named in Nic Pothas’ 14 man squad only last Friday, vice-captain Tim Ravenscroft has withdrawn from next month’s tournament due to personal reasons, while Jersey have lost top batsman, Australian Dean Morrison, who has been ruled ineligible by the ICC.
GCB chief executive Mark Latter confirmed weekend rumours of Ravenscroft’s decision to take a break from competitive cricket, with a short statement yesterday afternoon. ‘It was with regret that we have to advise the withdrawal of Tim Ravenscroft, due to personal reasons. The squad management focus will continue to be on the team whilst acknowledging that Tim will be missed from this unit. But the travelling party contains an exciting blend of youth and experience and it will be interesting to see them in competitive action after all the hard work of the pre-season. A replacement will be announced after consultation with ICC and the Event Technical Committee.
The player was unavailable for comment but in recent weeks it has been evident the former Hampshire first-team player and potentially the island’s outstanding batsman as well as highly useful off-spinner has been struggling for form.
If the choice of replacement is a case of picking the best batting all-rounder available then the likelihood is that Ravenscroft’s Cobo Tigers team-mate, Ollie Newey, will get the call, especially as the Rovers player Adam Martel is not fully fit.
Jersey have their own problems with the news that Morrison, a talented left-handed batsman, originally from Brisbane, is ruled out. He has previously represented the Caesareans at several ICC tournaments but following a 544-day break – including his honeymoon – away from the island he lost his residency credentials.
BBC Guernsey website
‘Guernsey vice-captain Tim Ravenscroft out of ICC Euro squad’
Guernsey vice-captain Tim Ravenscroft has withdrawn from the island squad for next month’s European Twenty20 Division One Championships in Sussex. The 21-year-old all-rounder, a former Hampshire academy player, has asked to miss the event for personal reasons.
Guernsey have yet to announce who will replace him in the squad, having only named the final 14-man group on Monday. “The squad management focus will continue to be on the team, whilst acknowledging that Tim will be missed from this unit,” Guernsey Cricket Board chief executive Mark Latter said in a statement. “The travelling party contains an exciting blend of youth and experience and it will be interesting to see them in competitive action after all the hard work of the pre-season. “A replacement will be announced after consultation with ICC and the Event Technical Committee.”
Experienced all-rounders Stuart Bisson and Ollie Newey did not make the cut from the initial 19-man squad, but one of them could now be in line for a recall.
Meanwhile, Guernsey have included half a dozen youngsters who could make their ICC tournament debuts in Matthew Stokes, Matthew Breban, Max Ellis, Zak Damarell , Lucas Barker, Jordon Martel. “We have got six new guys in that squad and we have got some young guys who haven’t played in these competitions before,” director of cricket Nic Pothas told BBC Guernsey. “Sometimes it’s nice to have them because they haven’t been scarred by past tournaments, but we’ve [also] got some really experienced guys who’ve been to a lot of tournaments. “The squad are all great mates and the spirit amongst them is brilliant, and I think that’s the key to any competition, having a strong squad that really gets on well.”
Guernsey Press on Mon 24th June NEWEY CALLED UP FOR NATIONAL DUTY
THE Cobo Tigers all-rounder Ollie Newey has been ratified by ICC as a replacement for Tim Ravenscroft in the national squad to play in the European T20 Division One tournament in just over a fortnight’s time.
In announcing the news, Mark Latter, the GCB chief executive said: The GCB are pleased to advise that we have received acceptance from ICC Europe for our request to replace Tim Ravenscroft with Ollie Newey for the upcoming ICC European Division 1 T20 Championship.
‘Not only does this ensure we have a full squad to take to Sussex but also rewards Ollie for the tremendous hard work he has put in this season. Our collective focus is now on winning the tournament.’
Nic Pothas, the director of cricket, added: ‘They say every cloud has a silver lining. In the event of Tim Ravenscroft retiring from the National team which will compete in the ICC Division 1 T20 competition in Sussex next month, this statement rings true.’ ‘Tim was a very good player and well liked by his peers but while one door shuts, I am very happy to say that, now that permission has been granted by the ICC, another opens for Ollie Newey who will replace Tim in our squad. ‘I speak for all when I say that we are ecstatic for a top guy who has worked extremely hard this year, has improved more than anyone and turned out good performances. ‘I for one, look forward to seeing Ollie pull on the National team cap and I have no doubt that when called upon he will excel.’
Guernsey Press on Friday 5th July
‘Nic Pothas urges Guernsey to take chances in T20 tournament’
Guernsey director of cricket Nic Pothas says his players must take their chances in the ICC European Division One Twenty20 championships in Sussex. The top two sides in the competition go through to the World Cup qualification tournament in Abu Dhabi in November.
“We’ve got a lot of experience but it’s also fantastic to have new blood,” Pothas told BBC Radio Guernsey. “Sometimes in T20 it’s someone’s day and on that day he’s got to make sure he cashes in and takes us home.” Guernsey, who finished fourth in the last European tournament, in 2011, begin this year’s event against Norway.
Pothas continued: “The young kids in their first tournament are going to be pretty key for us. It’s not always your gun players that are going to be your performers. You’re as strong as your weakest players and they have to come to the party and we don’t actually have a lot of those.”
The former Hampshire wicketkeeper, who took over a director of cricket in December , believes his side have come a long way since his arrival.
He said: “If we got to Abu Dhabi it would be massive. It would mean they would be rubbing shoulders with professional cricketers – people who have gone to World Cups regularly. More than anything, it’ll give us perspective and let us know where we’re at and how close we are to competing with those guys. They don’t know it quite yet, but they’re not a long way off, especially in T20 as it brings everyone much closer together. The amount of work the guys have done in the last six months, who knows what could happen around the corner, a year or 18 months from now, it’s going to be a whole new world.”
‘Pothas pleased for Ollie’ by Rob Batiste
NIC POTHAS appeared especially pleased when the news finally came through that the International Cricket Council had ratified Ollie Newey as a replacement for the imminent European Division One T20 Championships.
‘They say every cloud has a silver lining and in the event of Tim Ravenscroft retiring from the national team this statement rings true,’ said the director of cricket. ‘Tim was a very good player and well-liked by his peers but, while
one door shuts, I am very happy to say that, now that permission has been granted by the ICC, another opens for Ollie Newey, who will replace Tim in our squad. ‘I speak for all when I say that we are ecstatic for a top guy who has worked extremely hard this year, has improved more than anyone and turned out good performances. ‘I, for one, look forward to seeing Ollie pull on the National team cap and I have no doubt that when called upon he will excel.’
The tournament starts a fortnight today when Guernsey play their opening group game against the Norwegians.
‘Trip starts with a victory’ by Rob Batiste
THERE were a few shaky moments for Guernsey in defending 147 at a lovely Saffrons on the Sussex coast, but ultimately Nic Pothas’s side came through to win by 34. The scorecard might suggest what was the fuss, Guernsey won easily enough, but that would not be painting a true picture. Guernsey had made it harder for themselves by not scoring quite enough runs on a quick outfield with one shortish lateral boundary.
With a noon start they made a steady start courtesy of Lucas Barker and Jeremy Frith who looked very solid against the new-ball attack which comprised two unrelated Smiths and just two of four Smiths in the home side who are currently chasing promotion back to the Sussex Premier League. The first boundary arrived in the third over via Frith who drove through cover, but in the next Frith attempted another forcing shot and this time Henry Smith got one through to bowl the all-rounder for seven.
Zak Damarell came in at three and took time to settle as Barker looked to play positively, but it was not too long before the young left-hander was finding the boundary himself, pulling a long hop from Henry Smith high over square leg. Guernsey ended the sixth over on 34 at which point the host club called on their Guernsey guest, Matt Breban, who was promptly driven off the back foot by Damarell for an easy two and then pulled through square for a single to the boundary fielder. That brought Barker on strike and he deposited a rank Breban long hop for another four, which took the visitors to 43 after seven. Poor Breban could get little right. Barker crashed him over extra cover for six and when Damarell turned one off his legs straight to the square leg fielder it was against a background of the umpire’s call for a no ball. But the introduction of spin quickly cut short Barker’s highly-promising innings, being bowled by the left-armer as he tried to force off the back foot without giving due reconnaissance on the newcomer.
Again, another highly promising knock had ended in the thirties for the player Sussex are showing so much interest in. Poor Ross Kneller was in and out in no time, being run out in the most horrible of fashions, paying the ultimate price for backing up as Damarell smashed a straight back-foot drive which was touched onto the stumps by the bowler’s follow through. The Greens were 71 for three in 11 and struggling to break free against the all-spin attack, but Damarell was helped to a welcome maximum when Breban came off his boundary enough to be misplaced to take a catch on the line and only succeed, with a leap, to tip over the rope for six.
Hooper went leg before to the first ball of the 16th over with exactly 100 on the board and the rate slowly increased without the late thrash Guernsey might have hoped for. Nussbaumer deposited his second ball from one of the Eastbourne pacemen somewhere near the centre circle of the adjoining football pitch where Guernsey FC will hope to be in control of when they visit in Ryman League action this winter, but the cameo was quickly cut short by the finest edge through to the keeper. In the remaining 11 balls GH Smit and Tom Kimber scrambled a further 18 runs to take the total up to 147.
In reply Toby Finzel showed his intentions from the first ball as he took an almighty heave against a wide-ish one from Chris Van Vliet. Finzel blasted a couple of early boundaries, but Nussbaumer made the breakthrough by bowling Wells with 28 on the board in the fourth over. Of the two opening bowlers, the skipper was the more impressive, Van Vliet experiencing problems with line, highlighted by four wides way out of the reach of a sprawling Kimber’s reach and then another wide down the same side. Importantly, Jordon Martel then struck a big blow, bowling the dangerous Finzel, but by the end of the fifth Eastbourne were ahead on run rate with 40 on the board. Van Vliet gave way to Frith for the ninth over with 57 on the board and the run rate up to eight an over. But Eastbourne’s third wicket pair did not look bothered in the slightest and were rattling along until Frith switched ends and to his first ball Rory Smith missed a low full toss and was palpably leg before. It proved a good over for the Greens as it only yielded a single, leaving the target 60 from eight. That reduced to 40 from five, but having conceded a six and a four in the same over, Smit bowled Twine with the last ball of the 14th and Guernsey had opened an end. It soon got better too. In the next Trubshaw, who had eased to 45, sliced a slog to Van Vliet at deep extra and Guernsey had been given a lifeline by the slow bowlers. Two balls later Muhammed departed with a top-edge slog that popped straight up in the air for Kimber and the 15th over ended with Eastbourne’s charge checked at 118 for six with 35 wanted from four. Two more wickets went in the next bowled by Hooper and the innings fizzled out to the extent that Eastbourne, in a dominant position for so long finished on 113, Nussbaumer bowling a full length to claim the last two wickets.
‘Promising knock from Kneller’ by Rob Batiste
THERE was nothing remotely jittery about the second game success for the tourists who romped to a seven-wicket win with eight overs to spare just before 6.30 at The Saffrons. So unlucky earlier in the day, Ross Kneller gave a demonstration of his dangerous stroke play and natural attacking intent with a blistering 74.
Jeremy Frith initially gave him good company in a third wicket stand of 39 and when the all-rounder departed to the finest of edges to the keeper off a fellow member of the left-arm spinner club, Dave Hooper came in to tick things along nicely while Kneller played all the booming drives, a couple of which cleared the boundary. All round it was an improved performance from game one and it was achieved without the skipper Jamie Nussbaumer, who was required for an ICC captains meeting back at the team hotel. Frith took over the captaincy and he will have been pleased about how he combined with fellow left-armer Max Ellis in stifling the Eastbourne batting after their two best players, Finzel and Trubshaw, threatened some fireworks. But the best figures came from 17-year-old Matt Stokes who helped himself to four wickets at a strike rate of a shade under four an over. One of those wickets was that of Ollie Newey whose turn it was to guest for the home side who were feeling the selection strain of fielding two full strength sides in the space of 24 hours, having won a close league game the previous afternoon. Newey hit 16 having enjoyed the generosity of his normal teammates who twice had dropped him.
‘Momentum can take us all way to the UAE – Pothas’ by Matt Lihou
NIC POTHAS has called on his young Guernsey side to make history and become the first Sarnians to qualify for the World Twenty20 Global Qualifier in UAE later this year. Director of cricket Pothas takes charge of his first global tournament in his new role, as his 14-man squad look to qualify from next week’s ICC European Division One T20 Championship in Sussex. After a far more experienced side slumped in the same event on home soil two years ago, Pothas believes he now has the right ingredients to help Guernsey progress through a competition where their main threats are likely to come from Italy, Denmark and Jersey.
‘Qualification is certainly the aim, although it is also about how we go about it too,’ he said. ‘The key is to focus on everything one ball at a time and to ensure performance levels are high, although from my point of view, I am very happy with where things are at six months into the job. ‘If the players produce the performances they are capable of, then the results will take care of themselves. ‘As for favourites, I would anticipate the usual suspects like Italy and Denmark being strong, as well as Jersey and also possibly the Isle of Man, while the subcontinent style teams can be dangerous. ‘One day you can go and bowl them all out for 20, but on another, they will go out there and pile on 220.’
Despite naming a side with a number of youthful faces in it, Pothas says it was not intentional. ‘There is no doubt that Twenty20 is a young man’s game, but it is not a deliberate ploy to pack the squad with youngsters.
‘I have picked 14 players who are all in form and they are the lads who I believe are the best people for this job, regardless of their age or experience. ‘All of them are measured on the runs they score and the wickets they take, it is as simple as that.’
Guernsey start their campaign on Monday with a clash against Norway, before also facing Austria, Italy, Gibraltar and Sweden in the group stage, needing to finish in the top two after playing those five matches in just five days. Should they get to the semi-finals, they would then be just one win away from the three-week Global Qualifier in November, when progression to the World Twenty20 2014 would be at stake. With such a gruelling schedule in Sussex, which includes back-to-back games on Thursday,
Pothas knows the importance of keeping his players fresh. ‘I have not got a first choice starting XI as such because the nature of the tournament means rotation of players, certainly in the bowling department. ‘Medical advice is that bowlers don’t bowl more than two days running because injuries may occur, although this is our Olympics and some guys may need to push more out of themselves than they sometimes would. ‘We have a fantastic strength and conditioning coach in Andy Perkins, who is brilliant and will ensure the lads are in the best possible condition for each and every game. ‘No cricketer would ever play a game if they didn’t play through the odd niggle here and there, but the main thing right now is that I
have 14 players to select from, who are all fit and ready to go. ‘As in all T20 competitions, whether that be the IPL or any international tournament, momentum is huge and we need to be getting off the mark with a strong performance from ball one against Norway.’
‘Italians have best pedigree in group A’
ITALY are set to be Guernsey’s biggest rivals in Group A of the ICC European Division One T20 Championship. The 2011 runners-up field
a team with just three changes from two years although they come into the tournament after a disappointing World Cricket League Division Three campaign in which-they finished last.
Peter Petricola was the second highest run scorer in that tournament and will no doubt play a key role for them in this event, with the ball as well as the bat. Fifth place team from 2011 Norway will no doubt be hoping to go at least one better in 2013 and make the semi-finals, and they have picked a squad with eight changes from their 2011 line-up.
The Norwegians’ last competitive action was in WCL Division Eight in Samoa last year, and captain Shahbaz Butt was one of the leading bowlers in that event, and will likely play a key role for them in this tournament. Austria, who impressed many and shocked Guernsey at the KGV two years ago, will be aiming to do well again and include captain Amar Naeem, who scored the tournament’s only century in 2011, also taking five stumpings in the match to complete a unique double in international Twenty20 cricket.
For Gibraltar, nine players return from their 2011 squad, and they will be hoping to do better than their ninth place finish that time out. They are set to get publicity for themselves leading up to the tournament as they appear on Sky Sports show Cricket AM this weekend. The promoted team in Group A are Sweden, who have come all the way up from Division Three in 2011. Unsurprisingly they have only made four changes from that Division Two squad and their player to watch is likely to be Azam Khalil, who was the joint second highest wicket-taker in Division Two last year.
Group B comprises defending champions and favourites Denmark, Jersey, France, Belgium, Isle of Man and Germany.
Monday 8 July
10am – Sweden v Italy (Horsham 1); Gibraltar v Austria (Horsham 2).
2.30pm – Guernsey v Norway (Horsham 1); Italy v Gibraltar (Horsham 2).
Tuesday 9 July 10am – Sweden v Norway (Preston Nomads 1); Guernsey v Austria (Preston Nomads 2).
2.30pm – Sweden v Gibraltar (Preston Nomads 1); Norway v Italy (Preston Nomads 2).
Thursday 11 July 10am – Austria v Sweden (Horsham 1); Guemsey v Italy (Horsham 2).
2.30pm – Guernsey v Gibraltar (Horsham 1); Norway v Austria (Horsham 2).
Friday 12 July 10am – Gibraltar v Norway (Horsham 1).
2pm – Italy v Austria (Horsham 1); Sweden v Guernsey (Horsham 2).
Saturday 13 July 11am – Semi-Final: Al v B2 (Hove);
5th-6th: A3 v B3 (Blackstone 1); 11th-12th: A6 v B6 (Blackstone 1).
2.30pm – Semi-Final 2: B1 v A2 (Hove); 7th-8th: A4 v B4 (Blackstone 1);
9th-10th: A5 v B5 (Blackstone 2).
6.45pm – Final (Hove).
The Pepsi ICC European Division One Championship gets under way on Monday in Sussex, with the prize for the finalists being a trip to the UAE for the global ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in November, from which six teams will qualify for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
The other four ICC regions have already held their qualifying competitions and the two European finalists will join Americas’ qualifiers Bermuda and USA, East Asia Pacific qualifier Papua New Guinea, Asian qualifiers Nepal and Hong Kong. African qualifiers Kenya and Uganda and hosts UAE.
The top six from the last global qualifier in 2012 will make up the remaining 16 teams, Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands and Scotland.