Four of the continent’s leading teams Ireland, Jersey, Netherlands and Scotland will meet in Jersey for the Pepsi ICC U19 Division 1 where the top team will qualify for the ICC U19 Cricket World
Across nine days each team will play each other twice as they fight for top position to qualify for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. There will also be an opportunity for the second place side to enter a repechage event to secure qualification to the U19 Cricket World Cup which will be held in Bangladesh between 22 January and 14 February, 2016.
Once again European cricket will be showcased to a global audience through ICC Europe’s partnership with QTV Sports, with daily highlights on ICC Europe TV and wicket clips available at @icc_europe. Live scoring will be undertaken for the duration of the tournament by Cric HQ available on the ICC Europe website.
The tournament schedule is:
11 July- Ireland v Jersey (Grainville), Scotland v Netherlands (FB Fields)
12 July- Scotland v Jersey (Grainville), Ireland v Netherlands (Les Quennevais)
13 July- Rest/Reserve Day
14 July- Netherlands v Jersey (Grianville), Ireland v Scotland (FB Fields)
15 July - Scotland v Netherlands (Grainville), Ireland v Jersey (FB Fields)
16 July- Rest/Reserve Day
17 July- Ireland v Netherlands (Grianville), Scotland v Jersey (Les Quennevais)
18 July- Ireland v Scotland (Grianville), Netherlands v Jersey (Les Quennevais)
19 July- Rest/ Reserve Day
Ireland – Jack Tector (captain), Rory Anders, Andrew Austin, Sonny Cott, David Delany, Adam Dennison, Aaron Gillespie, William Mcclintock, James Mitchell, Gary Mcclintock, Tom Stanton, Lorcan Tucker, Harry Tector, Fiachra Tucker
Jersey – Solomon Warner (captain), Harrison Carlyon, Grant Donaldson, Robert Duckett, James Duckett, William Harris, Paul Hickling, William Kaye, David Martin, Elliot Miles, William Robertson, Daniel Santos-Costa, Benjamin Ward, Thomas Ward
Netherlands – Saqib Zulfiqar (captain), Pieter De Graaff, Bas De Leede, Asief Hoseinbaks, Reinier Kalis, Gijs Kroesen, Hamdan Khan, Kertan Nana, Davi Van Slobbe, Rens Van Troost, Adriaan Verbeek, Roeland Verhagen, Asad Zulfiqar, Sikander Zulfiqar
Scotland – Neil Flack (captain), Haris Aslam, Ryan Brown, Scott Cameron, Harris Carnegie, Mohammad Ghaffar, Thomas Hilton, Finlay McCreath, Mitchell Rao, Syed Shah, Cameron Sloman, Jack Waller, Simon Whait, Benjamin Wilkinson
ICC Regional Referee Trevor Magee will be the referee for the tournament.
The Umpire Mentor for the tournament will be Rob Bailey (England).
The appointed umpires have been selected from the ICC Regional Associate & Affiliate Umpire Panel – Europe:
• Azam Baig (Ireland)
• Roland Black (Ireland)
• Alex Dowdalls (Scotland)
• Heath Kearns (Jersey)
• Samantha Ketipe (Italy)
Jersey has arranged to play two interesting warm up matches in Hampshire this weekend.
On Sunday, June 28th they play UAE – who played in the World Cup recently – at Totton CC and on Monday play Kenya at the Ageas Bowl, home of Hampshire County Cricket Club.
Both countries will provide very good opposition ahead of the qualifiers in July.
The latest ICC Cricket 360 film is on Jersey and Sussex Academy cricketer Jonty Jenner.
ICC Cricket 360 were filming in Jersey for last month's Pepsi ICC European Division 1. You can view the video on ICC Europe TV.
Jersey Cricket announces its squad for next month's ICC Europe U19 Division 1 squad as follows:
Solomon Warner (Captain), Harrison Carlyon, Grant Donaldson, James Duckett, Robert Duckett, William Harris, Paul Hickling, William Kaye, David Martin, Elliot Miles, William Robertson, Dan Santos-Costa, Tom Ward, Ben Ward.
The team is accompanied by Tony Carlyon (coach) and Matthew Smith (manager).
The 2015 NatWest presentation evening will take place at the Royal Yacht on 25 September 2015 from 6pm to 9pm. The format will be drinks and canapes. More details to follow.
Jersey Cricket announces its squad for next month's ICC World T20 Qualifier as follows:
Peter Gough (Captain), Nat Watkins (Vice-Captain), Edward Farley, Ben Stevens, Anthony Hawkins-Kay, Tom Minty, Charles Perchard, Jonty Jenner, Corey Bisson, Rhys Palmer, Ben Kynman, Callum Rabet, Paul Connolly, Dominic Blampied and Corne Bodenstein.
The team is accompanied by Neil MacRae, Lee Meloy and Craig Meredith.
Since qualification for the T20 World Cup Qualifier, Jersey has been making headlines around the cricketing world. CEO Chris Minty has been interviewed for the New Zealand website Mind the Windows.
We'll bring you further interviews here.
As a result of feedback from clubs, we will now provide a summary of Executive Committee meetings on the website.
Jersey Cricket' s Chief Executive Officer has been talking about Jersey's recent success in the ICC Europe Division 1 T20 tournament on the 'Idle Summers' podcast which covers associate and affiliate tournaments.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the schedule of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015, which will be staged across eight Ireland and Scotland venues from 9 to 26 July.
The top six sides from the 18-day tournament during which 51 matches will be played, will join the 10 Full Members for the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, which will be held from 11 March to 3 April 2016.
In the July tournament, Ireland will also aim to complete a hat-trick of titles after it won the March 2012 and November 2013 qualifiers, both times defeating Afghanistan in the final.
Afghanistan had taken the top honours in the February 2010 tournament, while Ireland and Netherlands shared the trophy in August 2009 in Belfast after the final was washed-out.
Both Ireland and Afghanistan are in different groups. Ireland is joined in Group A by Nepal, Hong Kong, Jersey, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Namibia and United States of America (USA), while Pool B includes Canada, Netherlands, Scotland, Kenya, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) apart from Afghanistan.
According to the format of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015, the sides that top the two groups will automatically qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, while the sides that finish second and third in each of the two groups will play cross-over matches with the two winners joining the table-toppers for the India tournament.
The losing sides of the two play-off matches will then play the fourth-placed sides from each of the two groups in cross-over matches with the winners completing the 16-team line-up for the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016.
The fifth-sixth and third-fourth position play-offs as well as the final will be played on the last three days of the tournament based on which these teams’ seeding/groupings for the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 will be confirmed.
Malahide in Dublin and The Grange in Edinburgh will be the two broadcast venues. However, broadcast details of the ICC Word Twenty20 2015 will be announced closer to the start of the tournament.
Certain venue/matches will be ticketed and these details will be announced in due course.
The two groups are:
A1 – Ireland
A2 – Nepal
A3 – Hong Kong
A4 – PNG
A5 – Namibia
A6 – USA
A7 – Jersey
B1 - Afghanistan
B2 - UAE
B3 - Netherlands
B4 - Scotland
B5 - Canada
B6 - Kenya
B7 – Oman
On the final day of play at Pepsi ICC Europe Division 1, Jersey was crowned winners on net-run-rate. It was still possible that one of four teams could run out eventual winner of the tournament
and grab the qualification spot going into the start of the day with Italy, Jersey, Guernsey and Denmark all on equal points. Jersey defeated rivals Guernsey by four wickets, Denmark defeated Italy
by 16 runs and Norway beat France by 15 runs, to ensure victory was the hosts.
At Farmers, Guernsey scored 121 for nine and Jersey chased down the winning runs in 14.3 overs to win by four wickets, at Grainville, Denmark beat Italy by 16 runs, as they scored 142 for six in 20 overs and Norway defeated France by 15 runs at FB Fields after posting 116 for nine.
Guernsey posted 121 for nine in 20 overs with Tim Ravenscroft (39, four fours and one six) supported by Ben Ferbrache (19), Tom Kimber (16) and Matt Stokes (15). Nathaniel Watkins was the pick of the Jersey bowlers taking four wickets for 18 runs. Jersey’s batters took the attack to the Guernsey bowlers, opener Peter Gough (23, five fours) and Cornelis Bodenstein (36, six fours and one six) getting their team ahead of the run rate. Anthony Hawkins-Kay (25) secured victory in 14.3 overs, securing victory for Jersey and winning the tournament.
Captain, Peter Gough was delighted with the win “The Italy game was crucial and gave us a huge win, the defeat to Denmark was disappointing, but to stay in the tournament coming in to the last day was great, it gave us a huge shout. We came in to the Guernsey match initially looking for victory, we bowled well and in the chase we did lose wickets, but the batters coming in were positive and backed themselves looking for boundaries and we managed to finish up a few overs early,” said Gough.
Looking ahead to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland in July 2015: “It’s an amazing feeling, we have been trying to qualify for the past couple of years, getting to the semi-final stages, but we have done it now and looking forward to playing against different opposition and representing Europe,” said Gough.
Denmark put an end to Italy’s hopes after securing a 16-run over at Grainville. Freddie Klokker (67, seven fours) once again fired for the Danes and was supported by Hamid Shah (25). Michael Pedersen (11 not out) and Kamran Mahmood (11 not out) took the Danes to 142 for six from 20 overs. The pick of the bowlers from Italy were Carl Sandri 2-24 and Dilan Arsakulasuriya 2-31.
Italy’s reply faulted as they were 21 for four after 4.3 overs, as Petricola, Northcote, Sandri and Perera were all dismissed cheaply. Captain Damian Crowley (43) and Gino Rasa (45) steadied the ship, but the Italians were too far behind the run rate and came up short, with Denmark winning by 16 runs. The stand out Danish bowlers were Raja Basit Javed 3 wickets for 19 runs and Syed Bashir Shah 3 wickets for 26 runs.
Italy’s Carl Sandri picked up the award for the Most Valuable Player, as leading wicket taker for the tournament he took 12 wickets and scored 133 runs.
In the day’s other match at FB Fields Norway completed a 15-run victory over France. Sufyan Saleem scored a quick fire 39 from 37 balls including five fours and Shahzad Umran contributed with 29 runs. The pick of the French bowlers was Rameez Eshan (2-8). France’s reply consisted of falling wickets Rameez Ehsan (23) and Waseem Bhatti (20), as Shahzad Umran taking four wickets for 11 runs. Norway bowled out the French for 101 runs and won by 15 runs.
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England know only too well that getting an innings off to a good start is vitally important in Test cricket. Losing an early wicket swiftly gives the bowling side momentum and puts pressure on the batting side. So the big question is who will partner Alastair Cook when England look to justify their position as series favourites when they tour West Indies in April? It’s a problem that selectors would love to see resolved before the Ashes against Australia this summer. Here, we take a look at the main contenders…
Last year saw Middlesex batsman Robson make his England debut and open the batting with Alistair Cook. Eleven innings produced a grand total of 336 runs at an average of 30.55. Only twice did he pass the half-century mark and if you take away his top two scores, he managed just 150 runs in nine innings You’d have expected him to perform well on his home ground but four test innings at Lord’s produced a meagre 44 runs. Perhaps more worrying is the fact in 11 test innings he was clean bowled four times. Robson opened for England Lions on their recent tour of South Africa and had a mixed run of form. A century in the opening game against Gauteng Invitation XI was followed by some early dismissals including scores of 5 and 0 (out first ball) in the opening game against South Africa ‘A’. That’s hardly the kind of form that guarantees him keeping his place in the Test team.
This is the year that should see Trott back in the Test set up and it could well be as an opening batsman. He seems to have recovered from his stress-related problems and recently hit an impressive double century for England Lions in South Africa. Michael Vaughan has already commented that the only way back into the England side for Trott could be as opening batsman. Always known as a solid, dependable batsman, the Warwickshire batter could well be the man who opens in the First Test against the West Indies in April.
Vince is well regarded by many and has been compared to Michael Vaughan. With his experience in charge of Hampshire he could even be a future England captain. He didn’t do his hopes of making an England debut any harm with an unbeaten 152 against South Africa ‘A’ and this could well be a big year for him, but whether that will be in one-day cricket or the Test side is up in the air at present.
Yorkshire are producing some excellent batsmen at present and many believe Lyth is going to be an England player sooner rather than later. He scored more than 1,600 runs last season at an average of 70, That runs total from 17 games was higher than his combined total in 2012 and 2013 from 30 matches. He’s also been on the England Lions tour of South Africa and started off with a century in the opening game. He backed that up with a half-century against South Africa ‘A’ and out-scored Robson. Not that he saw the Lions tour as a shoot-out between himself and the Middlesex man, telling the BBC: “I don't want to look too far ahead. Until I get that call all I can do is keep scoring runs."
The Hampshire batsman was visibly upset when dropped from the England set-up last year. True, his batting average in six tests is only 28.75 with just one half century in 12 innings but he faced an almightily difficult task batting against the Australians on the last Ashes tour. With more overseas experience gained in the recent Big Bash Down Under, Carberry could yet make the England squad for the West Indies tour.
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