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Driver keen for positive start

Ryan Driver, the former Lancashire and Worcestershire batsman now playing for Jersey, is determined that his side hit the ground running in the World Cricket League Division 4 which gets underway in Dar Es Salaam on Saturday.

Jersey face Tanzania in their tournament-opener as they begin their attempt at qualification to the 2011 World Cup.

"We're all looking forward to Tanzania. It's going to be a hell of an experience," said Driver. "As ever I think you're going to find Jersey going quietly about our business. The guys are confident, we have no idea what to expect.

"We need to get a good start against Tanzania on the Saturday. I think all the games are going to be tough, but playing the hosts on the opening day will be interesting."

Driver, who was recently named Player of the Season for Jersey, doesn't agree with claims that Jersey and Italy could be at an advantage given they come into the tournament off the back of a domestic season and have recent experience of competitive cricket.

"It's been a long season - we started training back in February - and there are a few aching limbs," he said. "We haven't been outside much in the past month because of the weather."