ICC World T20 European Finals 2019

Sat 15th June 2019 amJerseyKGV
Sat 15th June 2019 pmGermanyKGV
Sun 16th June 2019 pmItalyKGV
Mon 17th June 2019 Reserve Day
Tue 18th June 2019 amDenmarkKGV
Wed 19th June 2019 amNorwayKGV
Thu 20th JuneDenmark

The Guernsey Cricket Board are honoured to be able to announce that they have been chosen by the ICC to host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Europe Final 2019. The tournament will see the winner move forward to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier (14 teams), vying then for a place at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Australia 2020. The tournament is one of five separate regional finals being held with 25 teams competing across these.

Guernsey will welcome their fellow qualifiers from the recent Regional Qualifiers held in the Netherlands, being; Denmark, Germany, Italy, Jersey, and Norway

The schedule has been released (March) and is:

Sat 15th June  am  Guernsey v Jersey at KGV, Norway v Italy at CF

Sat 15th June pm  Guernsey v Germany at KGV, Norway v Denmark at CF

Sun 16th June  am  Italy v Germany at KGV, Jersey v Denmark at CF

Sun 16th June  pm  Italy v Guernsey at KGV, Jersey v Norway at CF

Mon 17th June  Reserve day

Tue 18th June  am  Denmark v Guernsey at KGV, Germany v Norway at CF

Tue 18th June  pm  Denmark v Italy at KGV, Germany v Jersey at CF

Wed 19th June  am  Guernsey v Norway at KGV, Jersey v Italy at CF

Wed 19th June  pm  Germany v Denmark at KGV

Thu 20th June  Reserve Day

The tournament will be a single round robin format with two matches played each day at KGV Playing Fields and College Field on 15th, 16th, 18th and 19th June with reserve days on the 17th and 20th.

On hosting the tournament GCB Chief Executive Mark Latter said, “We are delighted to once again be given the opportunity to welcome the ICC and fellow Associate Member teams to our wonderful island, which we know will be a great place to both play cricket and enjoy our wonderful hospitality on the rest days. Given that the teams are just two steps from a World Cup Final, this will be the highest level of team competition seen on Guernsey ever. We hope to see all the island out supporting the Greens and coming to see some superb international cricket. We will be initiating several activities in schools and the community to get everyone fully involved in the excitement of the tournament. We also look forward to working with Visit Guernsey, to take advantage of all the fans and media eyes on Guernsey during the week, to make sure we promote our great island to the international audience watching in. First and foremost, we hope that seeing the National team playing on an international stage, at home, will inspire more boys and girls to take up our great game”.

Ed Shuttleworth, ICC Regional Development Manager – Europe, said: “We are delighted to be taking the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Europe Final to Guernsey. This promises to be a fantastic event that will provide one of the six teams with the opportunity to proceed to the final stage of qualification for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia.

“The T20 format has been identified as the global growth vehicle for cricket, and this tournament will benefit from ICC’s recent decision to award full T20 International status to its Members. As well as deciding the team that progresses to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, the matches played within this event will also contribute towards each sides T20I team ranking. ICC are looking forward to working alongside the Guernsey Cricket Board to deliver a competitive and enjoyable event.”

Admission to all matches will be free.

‘County trio lined up for Germany’      by Rob Batiste       GEP   24 April 2019

Guernsey’s European T20 Championship bid looks likely to get that bit tougher. Three county stars – perhaps a fourth – are being tipped to be among the Germany team that arrives on Sarnian soil as they host the six-team Europe final between 13 and 21 June. The tournament will see the winner move forward to the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier (14 teams), vying then for a place at the T20 World Cup in Australia 2020. It is one of five separate regional finals being held with 25 teams competing across these. If the presence of Jersey, Italy, Norway and Denmark was not enough to worry Ash Wright’s young squad, news that the fast-improving Germans may have the services of Middlesex’s German born former England Lions player Ollie Rayner, Glamorgan’s Craig Meschede and Dieter Klein of Leicestershire, both of whom hold German passports, have confirmed their willingness to represent Germany.  A fourth county player and German passports holder, Michael Richardson of Durham, son of the former South Africa wicketkeeper Dave, has also expressed an interest in playing here. Speaking to Simon Wilde, the Sunday Times’ cricket correspondent, classy off spinner Rayner and Meschede signalled their keenness to play. Rayner, who has approaching 300 first-class wickets to his name, does not expect to be needed for Middlesex over that period. ‘Angus Fraser (Middlesex’s managing director of cricket) is aware of the situation and I’d be surprised if he had an issue if it doesn’t impact on what I’m doing at Middlesex. For me, I want to play white-ball cricket so if I go out there (Guernsey) and get some white-ball practice and put my name in the hat for the T20 blast that’s good for everyone.’ Rayner, who could still play for England even if he does represent the Germans in the Euros, said German cricket is on the up and he wanted to be part of it. ‘I want to do what I can. I genuinely believe cricket in Europe is going to be popular. They just need the chance to train regularly and to do that they need to qualify for a World Cup. It’s a long shot, but that’s their aim. Afghanistan have shown that it can be done.’ All rounder Meschede told the Sunday Times; ‘It’s down to Glamorgan to let me go and they seem on board.’ He bowls right-arm medium-fast, and bats right-handed. He made his debut for Somerset in the 2011 Caribbean Twenty20, and played regular Twenty20 cricket for the county during he 2011 English domestic season. He also made occasional appearances in both first-class and one-day cricket. The tournament will be a single round robin format with two matches played each day at KGV and College Field and with two reserve days. ‘Given that the teams are just two steps from the World Cup Final, this will be the highest level of team competition seen on Guernsey ever,’ said GCB chief executive Mark Latter.

Berg drifts in to do an Italian Job        Rob Batiste  GEP   May 30th 2019 SEVERAL English county stars have been confirmed for the ICC European T20 Championships which start in Guernsey in a little over a fortnight. And they include a surprise name. Hampshire all-rounder Gareth Berg has been included in the Italy squad. Born in South Africa, Berg, who featured in last weekend’s Royal London One-Day Cup Final at Lord’s, is qualified by residency for England as well as holding an Italian passport. It is that latter link that enables the talented medium-fast bowler to bolster the Italian challenge. Germany, meanwhile, have their own English first-class recruits as they chase the tournament’s one available spot that moves on to contest the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier, vying then for a place at the full T20 World Cup in Australia 2020. The fast-improving team is expected to name Middlesex’s German-born former England Lions spinning all-rounder Ollie Rayner, Glamorgan’s Craig Meschede and Dieter Klein, of Leicestershire. Ahead of the week-long Guernsey tournament, the home side continue their own preparations against a strong Netherlands A squad. They will play four T20s here in the latter part of next week. The Netherlands coach Ryan Campbell, said: ‘Our trip to Guernsey with our Netherlands A team is a very important one for us as it will give our players a great opportunity to push their case for selection firstly for our series against Zimbabwe but then ultimately for our World Cup qualifiers in October.’

‘Euros’ to be shown live by Rob Batiste GEP Fri 31st May 2019

Guernsey’s hosting of this month’s T20 World Cup Europe Finals could be seen by millions of cricket ‘nuts’ across the world and provide a huge boost for island tourism. All 15 matches in the week-long event running from 15 June will be live streamed and available to watch for free on the ICC global Facebook and YouTube channels. The live streams will be delivered by production agency 3C International, with on-screen graphics and scoring integration provided by CricClubs. The tournament will also have a dedicated commentary team on-ground covering each match, consisting of Andrew Leonard, Ciara Metcalfe and Iain Leggat. This represents the first time the ICC has led the production of live video coverage for a regional ICC event and will provide great exposure and awareness of the Associate game across the Continent and the world. Mark Latter, chief executive of the Guernsey Cricket Board, said it was a fillip for local cricket and he has his fingers crossed that sun and blue skies prevail over hosting groundds KGV and the College Field, not the drizzle and grey murk which wrecked this week’s two T20 games against MCC.

Squads announced for the tournament:

Denmark:  Hamid Mazhar Shah (C), Omar Hayat, Taranjit Singh Bharaj, Oliver Damgaard Hald, Anique Uddin, Rizwan Tariq Mahmood, Jino Jojo, Nicolaj Damgaard Lægsgaard, Anders Bülow, Saif Ahmad, Zishan Shah, Bashir Shah, Abdul Wahab Hashmi (Wkt), Delawar Khan

Germany:  Venkatraman Ganesan (C), Daniel Weston (Wkt), Muslim Yar Ashraf, Izatullah Dawlatzai, Amir Khan Mangal, Asad Mohammad, Mudassar Muhammad, Vijayshankar Bangalore Chikkannaiah, Harmonjot Singh, Hamid Ahmed Wardak, Rishi Pillai, Oliver Rayner, Craig Meschede, Dieter Klein

Guernsey:  Joshua Butler (C), Ashley Wright, Ben Ferbrache, Lucas Barker, Oliver Newey (Wkt), Jordan Martel, Thomas Veillard, Thomas Kimber, Matthew Stokes, William Peatfield, Luke Le Tissier, David Hooper, Nicholas Buckle, Anthony Stokes

Italy: Shan Munasinghe (C), Joy Perera, Rakibul Hasan, Nick Maiolo, JP Meade, Gareth Berg, Rehman Abdul, Shameera Kuruppu, Michael Ross, Simranjit Singh, Baljit Singh, Charanjeet Singh, Jasspreet Singh, Manpreet Singh (Wkt)

Jersey: Charles Perchard (C), Corey Bisson, Dom Blampied, Harrison Carlyon, Jake Dunford (Wkt), Nick Ferraby, Anthony Hawkins-Kay, Jonty Jenner, Elliot Miles, Rhys Palmer, Will Robertson, Ben Stevens, Julius Sumerauer, Ben Ward

Norway: Raza Iqbal (C), Khizer Ahmed (Wkt), Waqas Ahmed, Prithvi Bhart, Walid Ghauri, Henry Glanfield, Ansar Iqbal, Javed Maroofkhail, Faizan Mumtaz, Hayatullah Niazi, Abdullah Sheikh, Junaid Sheikh, Ali Tafseer, Ehtsham Ul Haq