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.
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.
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.
Keith Dennis ("KD"), former chairman of the Jersey Cricket Board, has been posthumously awarded the Global ICC Lifetime Achievement award.
KD was involved in cricket from the 1950s and sadly passed away during 2014 in Malaysia whilst supporting Jersey in its successful ICC World Cricket League Division 5 campaign.
Chris Minty, Chief Executive Officer, said: "KD dedicated his life to cricket and was instrumental in Jersey becoming members of ICC. This award confirms his standing in the game and he would have been very proud to receive it."
ICC's Head of Global Development Tim Anderson said: "I'm pleased to be able to congratulate the 2014 award winners who have all demonstrated incredible dedication to growing our sport."
ICC Europe has announced the winners of the Pepsi ICC Development Awards for the Europe region with the late Keith Dennis, former Jersey Cricket Board Chairman, being posthumously awarded the Lifetime Service Award.
ICC Europe said, "The posthumous Lifetime Award is an achievement dedicated to the life’s work of an outstanding individual, Keith Dennis. A long illustrious 'career' in cricket dating back to the 1950's, his role in the evolution of cricket in Jersey is one of his most rewarding achievements. As Chairman of the Jersey Cricket Board, Keith had seen Jersey play in European and global cricket tournaments in countries such as Tanzania, Nepal and Malaysia as well as Jersey becoming recognised as an outstanding venue for hosting tournaments."
All winners will now be put forward for Pepsi ICC Development Global Awards.
The winners are as follows:
Best Overall Cricket Development Programme- Cricket Scotland
Volunteer of the Year- Lawrence Moore- Cricket Ireland
Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative- Amy Kenealy- Cricket Ireland
Women’s Cricket ‘Behind the Scenes’- Natalie Hamblin- Cricket Scotland
Photo of the Year- Ian Jacobs- Cricket Scotland
Lifetime Service Award- Keith Dennis- Jersey Cricket Board
Jersey U19 Captain and Sussex Academy player Jonty Jenner won the NatWest Rising Star award at last night's Channel Islands Sports Awards. Jenner fought off tough competition from England Saxons and Saracens rugby player Will Kaye from Jersey, Exeter City FC goalkeeper James Hamon from Guernsey and Clementine Thompson, European sailing bronze medallist also from Guernsey.
Jersey's U19s team were finalists in the Channel Islands Sports Awards.
2014 saw Jersey’s Under-19 cricket team storm to promotion from European Division 2, winning all four of their matches in the process.
Opening bowler James Duckett has said the year exceeded their expectations and they are now looking to build on it for the future. “It’s been pretty spectacular actually, the boys have done really well, we won all four of our games in the summer in the Division 2 tournament. We beat some pretty good teams over there, Holland and Denmark, top European sides and now we’re moving on to bigger and better things in Division 1,” he said.
The week-long tournament in Essex that saw them promoted was an intense affair with games coming thick and fast. Going unbeaten was no mean feat and Duckett said momentum was the key to their success. “When we went into it we knew we had a very good chance of coming out as winners or qualifying for Division 1. But the success to that was the way we played, we started off quite well and then just built on it we got better and better every game,” he explained.
Another crucial aspect of their achievements has been the ‘family feel’ that surrounds the group. The vast majority have been playing as a team for a number of years now and that bond and team spirit really shows on the field. “We’re such a tight unit, we’ve all grown up and played cricket together since were about 11 the team hasn’t really changed since then. Everyone knows each others games inside out and the bond we have as team-mates is really great,” Duckett explained.
That promotion from European Division 2 has seen them move just one step away from qualifying for the 2016 World Cup in Bangladesh. If they were to navigate that final hurdle they would be the first island side to ever compete at a full World Cup and for Duckett the thought of making it is a tantalising one.
“It would be unreal, it would be amazing. We’ve worked hard for many, many years now and to get there would probably be the best thing that’s ever happened in all of our lives,” he said.
The performances of the Under-19 have certainly not been going unnoticed. Duckett and fellow team-mate Jonty Jenner have recently travelled to Singapore with the island’s senior team. The bowler says that the knowledge that senior head coach Neil MacRae is continually watching them and willing to give them their chance, is one that continues to spur them all on.
“The senior team are getting to bigger and better heights every year so the boys obviously want to achieve that and play for their country. To perform for the Under-19s with the head coach watching all the time is a really big incentive to break into the senior team.”
Jersey cricketer, Jonty Jenner, has been selected as a Sussex County Cricket Club Academy player for 2015.
Jonty was previously one of ten young players to be selected for the Sussex Emerging Players Programme and is the only one of the ten to go on to be selected for the Academy.
Keith Greenfield, Sussex CCC Academy Performance Manager said, "This is an achievement that not many players experience and he should be very proud of himself as it is his enthusiasm, talent and attitude which have helped him to get selected into the Academy Programme."
Jonty has recently returned from a two and a half week tour of Sri Lanka with the Sussex CCC Academy and Emerging Player Programme - a trip supported by the Jersey Cricket Board.
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