The Jersey U19 Cricket Team were crowned Team of the Year at last night's Jersey Sports Council Awards at the Mayfair Hotel.
They repeated the Senior Team's performance last year by picking up the Perpetual Team Trophy for winning promotion to European Division 1. The U19s beat fellow nominees Team Jets netball team who picked up the Channel Islands Team of the Year Award earlier this year for which the U19s Cricket Team were also nominated.
The Pepsi ICC Europe U19 Division 1 tournament takes place in Jersey from 11-19 July 2015. Jersey will compete alongside Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands.
Farmers CC cricketer Tim Keasey has recently returned from a trip to Uganda with the charity Cricket Without Boundaries. Having coached 5,000 children in 16 days in hot, humid and dusty conditions, he describes his experiences below and explains how the trip has had a big impact on this beautiful yet impoverished and troubled country.
"The first town was Soroti - Eastern Uganda's hidden pearl. It is excitable, enthusiastic and tough - determined to put itself on the cricket map. First we trained nearly 120 teachers in basic cricket skills and the AIDS/HIV message of Abstain, Be Faithful, Condom and Testing. The athleticism, natural ability and willingness to learn of the 1,200 children coached over the next two days was amazing. They just gleamed with happiness - a bit like 1,200 Chuggy's getting their first Island Caps. The festival was just as exciting and well organised amongst the seven coaches. The children chanted and proclaimed me 'Mzungu Tim' (White man Tim)."
"Then to Mbale which was a tough and slightly dangerous town in Eastern Uganda. The sports field was inhabited by horned cows who saw an opportunity to charge me one morning after my warm up run. The sight of me climbing the football post was hysterical. After a 100 metre charge it stopped a metre short of the posts and fell down on its side like Brownie in the Farmers parish match. There was a massive attendance of over 1,000 children on one coaching day in Mbale and after the festival a welcome rest day climbing the Elgon mountains and swimming in the natural spring."
"Tororo was quieter and more humble. It had some lovely people and the children laughed with Mzungu Tim and the now tired team. They were my favourite characters and whilst others duly flagged I got stronger and took on more responsibility. We coached another 1,500 children over two days, 100 teachers and the festival was again a success."
"The journey was long and hard going home and I did Jersey proud by being the only team member not to be sick out of the window. I was just pleased to sit by Lake Victoria supping a local ale and wondering when I can come back to do more good work for this amazing country."
Tim has thanked everyone who supported him with his trip to Uganda.
Farmers CC are the first cricket club in Jersey to achieve Jersey Clubmark status having met high quality standards in sports club management, safety, coaching and competition and off-island travel.
Farmers Caesareans has three league teams, one in each of Jersey Cricket's weekend leagues as well as an active social side that plays friendly matches, attracting many overseas touring sides. The Farmers Cricket Club has its own ground in St Martin which was opened by Geoff Boycott in 2005. The Farmers Field has become a very popular venue with players and spectators.
Constable Steve Pallett, Assistant Minister for Sport, said: "I am delighted that one of our premier cricket clubs has achieved such high standards in reaching Clubmark status. For such a relatively new club, Farmers have made remarkable progress by providing both well-established facilities in St Martin and skilled and motivated coaches that have allowed the club to grow and be so successful."
Nikki Holmes, Sports Club Officer, said: "Having been at the opening of the Farmers ground in 2005 I'm delighted that the club is the first cricket club to achieve Jersey Clubmark. The committee have worked hard to achieve accreditation and it's fully deserved."
Gary Kynman, Welfare Officer for Farmers, said: "Working towards the Clubmark award has provided the club and its members an opportunity to set new challenges as part of its ongoing development. During the last twelve months we have improved the club's safety, its facilities and most importantly cricket development for young players. I would actively encourage all clubs to work towards Clubmark status. Our experience has demonstrated that a lot can be achieved in a relatively short period of time and provides a solid foundation to a healthy club and its continuing development for years to come."
Ward Jenner, JCB Chairman, said: "The Jersey Cricket Board has been promoting club development as part of its five year strategy and we're pleased to be able to present Farmers with a cheque for £500 from funds provided by NatWest to support club development."
Steven Hunt of sponsors Carey Olsen, said: "Carey Olsen has been pleased to sponsor Farmers Caesareans CC since 2009 during which time we have seen the club flourish. To achieve Jersey Clubmark accreditation is a credit to the club and a reflection of the dedication of its members to cricket in Jersey."
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On Thursday 19th March, cricket legend and former England captain Mike Gatting OBE will arrive in Jersey for a two-day trip in support of the Keith Dennis Young Cricketers Foundation.
Supported by Rathbones and Bedell, Gatting, who is patron of the Keith Dennis Foundation, will undertake a packed schedule of activity during his trip including visits to Janvrin and Rouge Bouillon schools on Friday 20th March to highlight the charity’s newly introduced ‘Cricket Factory’ initiative. He will meet the teaching staff and children involved in the project designed to introduce cricket to initially five St Helier primary schools.
During his time in the island Mike Gatting will also oversee the Under 15 Academy (Elite Squad) on Thursday 19th March between 6pm and 7.30pm at Langford Indoor Cricket Centre.
Jonathan Giles, Managing Director of Rathbones said, “We are delighted to support the Keith Dennis Foundation and we strongly share its ethos of making cricket accessible to all children in the island. We are confident that Mike’s visit will be inspirational for some of the talented young cricketers in Jersey and are delighted to be able to make this happen.”
Janet Dennis, KD Foundation Secretary, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to show our patron, Mike Gatting, first hand, what we are doing to reach out to the young people of Jersey, and share the conviction in the sport and the life changes it can bring about that Keith Dennis himself so strongly believed in.”
The culmination of the visit is ‘A night with Mike Gatting’ at Rathbones on Friday 20th March, an exclusive question and answer session compered by BBC Radio Jersey’s Richard Collinson. This starts at 5.45pm for 6 with doors open at 5.30pm. Tickets cost £20, to include a buffet and refreshments, and are limited. During the evening Mike will also sign the first copies of the 2015 Jersey Cricket Annual, the proceeds of which will go directly to the Keith Dennis Foundation.
To book tickets for 'A night with Mike Gatting' email Janet Dennis.
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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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