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Italy, Guernsey and France focussed on victory in Jersey

Winner will qualify for ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015

Italy, Guernsey and France focussed on victory in Jersey - Cricket News
Italy’s Damian Crowley: “We have fond memories of playing in Jersey and we look forward to a challenging and highly competitive tournament”
Guernsey’s James Nussbaumer: “If we could come away from the tournament with 4 wins from 5 then I think we would have had a very good tournament”
France’s Arunkumar Ayyavaooraju: “This is an important tournament for us; we have been working with our new coach Tim De Leede and formed a talented group of players”
Pepsi ICC Europe Division 1 will see six Associate teams locking horns in Jersey and Italy’s Damian Crowley, Guernsey’s Jamie Nussbaumer and France’s Arunkumar Ayyavooraju are excited for the tournament to begin.
During the five-day tournament that commences on 9 May, Denmark, France, Guernsey, Italy, Jersey and Norway will compete for the opportunity to progress to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier which will be hosted in Ireland and Scotland in July 2015.
Italy’s Damian Crowley is looking forward to return to Jersey: “Participating in any ICC event representing your country is an honour. Returning to this tournament, knowing what's at stake, is a daunting yet exciting task. In the past we have played good cricket in these tournaments so we are hoping to continue to do so. We have fond memories of playing in Jersey and we look forward to a challenging and highly competitive tournament,” said Crowley.
The Italians will be taking part in a training camp in the UK a few days ahead of the tournament.”There is a lot of pressure since we have competed in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers before, we understand what it takes to succeed and so we are able to prepare our game plans around this understanding. We have maintained our core squad players so our team has a large amount of experienced players, we need to remain focused and approach each game with the same level of intensity,” stated Crowley.
Guernsey captain James Nussbaumer is looking forward to see the development of his squad: “Players have the freedom to just go out and express themselves and it often results in great games of cricket. I’m looking forward to seeing how far our young squad has come in the last couple of years, every game that we get to pull on the Guernsey shirt is an important game, and even more so when it is in an ICC tournament,” said Nussbaumer.
Guernsey have been preparing for the tournament with three T20 fixtures against the Sussex Academy and a Sussex League representative, and are confident for a good tournament. “If we could come away from the tournament with 4 wins from 5 then I think we would have had a very good tournament, our target would be beat one of the big boys in Italy or Denmark,” said Nussbaumer.
France’s Arunkumar Ayyavaooraju is excited to face the European teams in the competition, “We are very proud to be part of the Pepsi ICC Europe Division 1. We have improved a lot as a team in the last few years; it will be a good opportunity for us to compete against the top teams in Europe.”
The French have been preparing against local club sides in Belgium and spent a week in the Netherlands as part of its build up. “This is an important tournament for us; we have been working with our new coach Tim De Leede and formed a talented group of players. We have a good team, if we can adapt to the conditions and play our best cricket, I am sure we will surprise few teams in this tournament,” said Ayyavaooraju.
The opening day of the tournament will see Norway take on Jersey at Farmers, Denmark lock horns with Guernsey at Grainville, and Italy face France at FB Fields.
The tournament schedule is:
9 May AM – Norway v Jersey (Farmers), Denmark v Guernsey (Grainville), Italy v France (FB Fields)
9 May PM – Italy v Jersey (Farmers) Guernsey v Norway (Grainville), France v Denmark (FB Fields)
10 May – Rest/reserve day
11 May AM – Italy v Norway (Farmers), Denmark v Jersey (Grainville), France v Guernsey (FB Fields)
11 May PM – Italy v Guernsey (Farmers), France v Jersey (Grainville), Norway v Denmark (FB Fields)
12 May – Rest/reserve day
13 May AM – Jersey v Guernsey (Farmers), Italy v Denmark (Grainville), Norway v France (FB Fields)
13 May PM – Reserve session
All AM matches are scheduled to start at 1030 local time
All PM matches are scheduled to start at 1530 local time
Denmark- Michael Pedersen (captain), Aftab AhmedSaif Ali AhmadMads HenriksenYasir IqbalRaja Basit JavedZahmeer Khan,Frederik KlokkerAmjad KhanKamran Tariq MahmoodZishan Mazhar ShahHamid ShahSyed Bashir ShahAnique Uddin
France- Arunkumar Ayyavooraju (captain), Zika Ali, Waseem Bhatti, Chetan Chauhan, Rameez Ehsan, Usman Khan, Arslan   Khan, Thomas Liddiard, Shahid Malik, Robin Murphy, Hamza Niaz, Kismatullah Surate, Williamdeep Singh, Atif Zahir
Guernsey- James Nussbaumer (captain), Alex Bushell, Joshua Butler, Isaac Damarell, Max Ellis, Benjamin (Lee) Ferbrache, David Hooper, Thomas Kimber, Jordon Martel, Jason Martin, Oliver Newey, Oliver Nightingale, Timothy Ravenscroft, Matthew Stokes
Italy- Damian Crowley (captain), Roshendra Suroshan Abewickrama, Dilan Shameera Fernando ArsakulasuriyaLuis Di GiglioMuthunama Gonnage Shehan Madup FernandoWarnakulasuriya Tharindu Nimantha FernandoFida HussainDinidu Asanka MarageAndrew NorthcoteBentota Baduge Joy Lenin PereraPeter Anthony PetricolaMichael Gino RasoCarl Stephen SandriRizwan Tanweer
Jersey- Peter Gough (captain), Corey BissonDominic BlampiedCornelis BodensteinEdward John FarleyAnthony Wilfred Hawkins-KayJonty JennerBen KynmanThomas MintyCharles PerchardRhys PalmerBenjamin Rive,Benjamin StevensNathaniel Watkins

Norway- Ali Sufyan Saleem (captain)Shahid AhmadSheheryar AkbarMuhammad Shahbaz ButtDamon Crawford,Safir HayatSuhail IftikharAnsar IqbalShehraz KhalidMofassar SaeedAli TafseerPratheesh Kumar ThangavadivelEhtsham Ul-HaqShahzad Umran
Match officials

ICC Regional Referee David Jukes will be the referee for the tournament.
The appointed umpires have been selected from the ICC Regional Associate & Affiliate Umpire Panel – Europe:
·                Ian Ramage- Mentor Umpire (Scotland)
·                Azam Baig  (Ireland)
·                Ashraf Din  (Netherlands)
·                Alex Dowdalls  (Scotland),
·                Martin Gray  (Guernsey)
·                Allan Haggo (Scotland)
·                Jesper Jensen (Denmark)
·                Heath Kearns (Jersey)
·                Alan Neill (Ireland)
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Tournament information
If you are interested in receiving information on the Pepsi ICC Europe Division 1 please contact Mary Godbeer onmary.godbeer@icc-europe.org    
For more information on the Pepsi ICC Europe Division 1 including daily match reports and points table, please visitwww.icc-europe.org
Live Scoring
Live scoring will be undertaken by Cric HQ available on www.icc-europe.org
Tournament photos
Photos from Pepsi ICC Europe Division 1 will be available for free editorial use and the download link will be available from each day’s media release. The images will also be posted on ICC Europe’s Flickr page.
Daily Highlights and Live Coverage
QTV Sports will provide comprehensive match day highlights coverage, live wicket clips and live streaming of the Italy v Denmark match on the final day of play all available on ICC Europe TV.
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