Jersey coach Neil MacRae to include youngsters against MCC

Neil MacRae
Jersey will also play warm-ups games against Scotland and Afghanistan before the World Twenty20 Qualifier

Jersey coach Neil MacRae has backed his youngsters to do well when they host the MCC in three games this weekend.

Will Harris, Elliot Miles and Solly Warner have been called up from the island's Under-19 squad for the Twenty20 fixtures.

They will be joined by eight players who helped the senior side reach July's ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.

"It's a big chance, they're ready to step up and we expect them to do well," MacRae told BBC Radio Jersey.

"They've done well last summer and in training over the winter - it's just because we've got a strong side emerging that they've had limited opportunities."

Jersey are using the games as a warm-up for the forthcoming World Twenty20 qualifying tournament.

They have been drawn in a group headed by hosts Ireland as they look to qualify for next year's main competition in India.

The islanders will be one of 14 teams taking part from 6-26 July, with the top six making it to the first round of the global tournament.

"The MCC very kindly agreed to play more Twenty20s rather than the traditional 50-over fixture on Sunday at Grainville, which gives us extra practice," said MacRae.

"They're the biggest club in the world. In theory they could turn up with Kumar Sangakkara, Shane Warne and Brian Lara, but presumably they won't do that this time," he joked.

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