Guernsey to join Sussex Cricket League in 2016

Guernsey will be playing in the Sussex Cricket League in 2016. SUS-150414-140425001
Guernsey will be playing in the Sussex Cricket League in 2016. SUS-150414-140425001

Guernsey will play their cricket in the Sussex Cricket League from 2016. Their request to join the league was given unanimous approval by the teams.

The Island will join teams such as Hastings & St Leonards, Worthing, Three Bridges and Pagham as they begin life in Division Two from next year.

Guernsey, who have a population of just over 65,000, will play 10 games a season in the division below Eastbourne Cricket Club, who play in the Sussex Premier Division.

The cricket team join other Guernsey sporting teams such as Guernsey FC, St Jacques RFC and Guernsey RFC in competing in English leagues.

The national cricket team will play as a club side with all their matches away from home and taking place on Sundays.

Guernsey cricket board chief executive, Mark Latter, said, “It’s looking at preparing our guys better for international cricket when it comes around.

“With international cricket we’ve got to make sure that the players at the top aren’t divorced from the cricketing ability within their domestic system, so we’re looking at something to fit in between and we felt this was the best route to do so coming off the back of our existing relationship with Sussex.

“We’ll be looking at trying to get some support from the island in the commercial and corporate business world, like Guernsey FC, St Jacques and Guernsey Rugby Club. We’ll speak to those guys and hopefully try and share some of their experiences.”