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Postal Address: GCB Office, KGV Playing Fields, Rue Cohu, Castel, Guernsey, GY6 7SZ
Telephone + 44 (0)1481 257332
General enquiry email: mark@guernseycricket.com
Website: www.guernseycricket.com

History

Cricket has been played in Guernsey since the late 19th century at Elizabeth College, and the MCC has been known to visit the island annually since the latter part of that century. The Guernsey Cricket Association was founded in 1927 and there are now 35 clubs, some running as many as four teams, playing in either local league cricket or organised friendlies, some against visiting teams to the Island. There are currently four grounds with grass wickets and 10 grounds with artificial wickets on the island. Guernsey joined the ICC as an Affiliate Member in 2005 after having previously been a member 'county' of the England & Wales Cricket Board (as part of the Channel Islands Cricket Board along with Jersey) since the mid-1990s. In July 2008, Guernsey was awarded Associate Member status.

International Cricket

Guernsey joined the ICC in 2005. In its first senior tournament, Guernsey finished fifth out of eight sides in the European Division 2 Championship in Glasgow in 2006 after recording three wins out of four games, including victories against three long-standing Associate Member countries. In 2007, Guernsey's U19s finished runners-up to Jersey in the nine-team ICC European U19 Division 2 Championships (held in Jersey) while the U23s finished third when hosting the rain-affected six-team inaugural ICC European U23 Division 2 Championship. That competition saw them comprehensively winning its only two completed games, against Italy and Gibraltar. Guernsey's U15s won the 10-team ICC European Division 2 Championship in August 2007. In 2008, Guernsey hosted the ICC European Championships Division 2 and finished runners-up to Jersey in a thrilling finale. This success elevated them to the 2009 Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7 - held at home in May. Its second place finish meant promotion to Division 6, which was next held a few months later in Singapore. A mid-table finish means Guernsey will compete in the 2011 Division 6 tournament. In July 2010, the senior team won the ICC European WCL Division Two Championship - on home territory - thanks to five straight victories. In 2011 Guernsey took part in the inaugural ICC European T20 Division 1 Championship, being a qualifier for the ICC T20 World Cup. Having beaten Italy in the Group phase Guernsey finished fourth overall. Later in 2011 Guernsey took part in Pepsi ICC WCL6 in Malaysia and with a 100% record took home the trophy and went up to Pepsi ICC WCL5 that was hosted in Singapore in early 2012. Here they finished third after successive victories against the Cayman Islands in their last two games.

The Guernsey U15s, Under 17s and Under 19s continue to play in their respective ICC European Division 1 tournaments.

Domestic Competition

A total of 14 teams participate in three divisions of weekend cricket on grass wickets. The weekend season runs from the end of April to mid-September. There is a thriving Evening League competition competed for by 39 teams split over five divisions. Matches are played every week night across six grounds from late April until late August, usually with white balls and coloured clothing, and played over either 16 or 20 overs as the evening light allows. Some 700-plus registered players compete across these divisions plus a further 110 juniors (still in education).

Development programme

Guernsey now employs a full-time Director of Cricket plus two other full-time development officers. All 22 of the island's schools now play cricket of some sort (including the all-girls schools) and there are approximately 2,500 children under the age of 18 (on an island with just 62,000 people) playing cricket within the schools system. There is also a league programme played at U9, U11 and U13 age levels in which some 400-plus children participate each weekday night from April to July. Guernsey is believed to have the highest cricket participation rate per capita with around 3,000 (circa 5%) of the island's entire population playing the game either as adults in league cricket or as youngsters in the school system.

The Guernsey Cricket Board won two European ICC Development Programme awards for Best Overall Cricket Development Programme and Best Women's Cricket Development Programme in 2007. There are approximately 54 qualified coaches on the island and a regular coach education program is run to develop new coaches. The Guernsey Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers was established in the 1990s and has approximately 20 active members. It runs annual winter umpire education courses. There is an ongoing facilities development programme in place and a new grass wicket facility was installed in 2004. A purpose-built £1.5m indoor cricket centre (ICG) opened in March 2009.Guernsey Cricket has a formal partnership with Sussex CCC and share coaching, staff and media resources across all levels of their respective businesses. Guernsey players are incorporated into the SCCC Player Pathway.

Women's Cricket

A women's cricket team was formed around 10 years ago and plays regular matches against boys, U11 and U13 teams in a Colts League. An annual winter coaching programme is run for girls and approximately 80 girls participate. Within a year or two sufficient number of girls will emerge from these programmes to enable a women's league to operate.