Neil MacRae: Jersey could follow Guernsey into English league

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Neil MacRae
Former Scotland and Austria coach Neil MacRae has been in charge of Jersey since December 2013

Jersey coach Neil MacRae says the island could follow Guernsey and join an English cricket league.

Guernsey from next season in a bid to get regular high-standard cricket for the island side.

Both Jersey and Guernsey are associate members of the ICC and play on the international stage.

"We'd consider anything we thought fitted in with the schedule of ICC tournaments," MacRae told BBC Sport.

"That is a big factor as we have an amateur player base."

Guernsey will play 10 games next season in Division Two of the Sussex League, playing all their matches away from home.

Jersey were relegated to World Cricket League Division Five last summer after in the six-team Division Four tournament in Singapore.

"It's an interesting initiative for Guernsey, there's a high standard of club cricket in Sussex," said MacRae.

"But we're very focused on increasing the strength of our domestic cricket.

"We feel it's moving in the right direction at senior-team level, we're open to any opposition, to playing strong opposition, but it's a possibility in the future.

"We're open for any ideas that provide tough competition for us."