May 8, 2008

Jersey

Jersey look for Kirsten influence

Will Luke

Some of Jersey’s top players over the last decade have a chance to demonstrate their skills and ability at a completely new level, on the world stage, when they host Division Five of the World Cricket League later this month.

Jersey’s squad benefits from a number of all-rounders whose fitness and stamina will be tested under the tournament itinerary - a demanding seven games in nine days.

Their principle allrounder, Ryan Driver – formerly of Lancashire and Warwickshire - has fulfilled the four-year ICC qualifying period enabling him to make his long-awaited debut for Jersey. Mat Hague, another allrounder, will welcome Driver’s support while he captains the side.

Tom Minty and Andy Dewhurst provide inspiration for the younger players on the fringe of the squad, while at the other end of the age spectrum Meeku Patidar and Bradley Vowden will bring vast experience and – in spite of their seniority - are two of the very finest and fittest fielders in the squad.

James Caunt, the wicketkeeper, also qualifies as supremely fit and is a welcome new addition to the squad. He has been in Jersey for 12 years but has now qualified to play for the team in ICC competitions Sharing wicket-keeping duties is Bobby Minty who also possesses high levels of natural fitness and is flexible enough to be used as a fielder too.

Jamie Brewster's attacking and powerful batting are a luxury that the strength of this squad can afford and he can turn a match inside five overs.

Peter Kirsten – the former South Africa batsman, and now Jersey’s coach - arrives this week and the squad and management are looking forward to his impact – particularly with the fielding.

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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