Guernsey Cricket: Sussex Premier League bid gets boost

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Guernsey cricket team
Guernsey lost all five of their World Cricket League Division Five games in 2014

Guernsey's bid to play in the Sussex Premier League has been boosted.

The league's committee will put the proposal for Guernsey to play 10 games a season to their clubs in April.

"We think the idea's got merit for the league, our clubs and Guernsey cricket as well," league chairman Bob Warren told BBC Sport.

"Guernsey are quite clear. They want to rise up the ICC rankings and they see playing against our Division Two teams as a valuable step in that process."

Discussions between Guernsey and the Sussex Premier League have been ongoing since November, with the plan being for the island side to play all their matches in the UK, increasing revenue for the league's other clubs.

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 2014.

"We think it could be an important step forward," added Warren.

"I will write to all our clubs in the next week or so outlining our thoughts and Guernsey's thoughts. We will put that proposal to our clubs at our April meeting, which is the next time all the clubs are together.

"We're a member's organisation and the members have to vote for everything that we do. It broadens the appeal of cricket by playing against players from another part of the country."