Guernsey Cricket Board await Sussex League entry decision

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Guernsey lost all five of their World Cricket League Division Five games in 2014

Guernsey will find out next month whether they will be allowed to play in the Sussex League in 2016.

The islanders, who hope to play about 10 games each summer in England, are awaiting the decision of the league's annual general meeting on 18 January.

"It won't replace our domestic cricket, it'll run alongside it," Guernsey Cricket Board chief executive Mark Latter told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"Hopefully they'll like the idea of Guernsey joining."

Guernsey are hoping to join the second tier of the Sussex League in 2016 with Latter confident they will be able to grow from there.

Representatives from the GCB visited the south coast for an initial meeting with a League committee that they described as "constructive and supportive".

Latter said: "It'll be a decent standard, some of their teams will have overseas players and we'll look at going in at Division Two which will allows us to walk before we can run.

"We're going into a level we think we can compete at. We want more competitive games and probably will lose a few more than we win initially before finding our feet."

Guernsey are associate members of the International Cricket Council and hope the move will help to improve their performances of their representative side following relegation to Division Six of the World Cricket League in March.

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