World Cricket League Five: Who are Jersey and Guernsey's tournament opponents?

Jersey v Oman
Jersey and Oman were both relegated from World League Four in Singapore

When the six teams take to the field for Saturday's opening matches of World Cricket League Five in Jersey, there is more than the usual relegation and promotion at stake.

The two finalists know a trip of a lifetime to Los Angeles awaits, when the USA hosts World League Four.

The bottom three, however, will fall out of the World League structure into a less glamorous regional competition.

Jersey are joined by Nigeria, Tanzania, Vanuatu, Oman and rivals Guernsey.

BBC Radio Jersey's Tim Pryor and BBC Radio Guernsey's Tony Curr preview the teams hoping to book a spot on the plane to LA.


Jersey warm up
Jersey won the previous World League Five tournament, in Malaysia, in 2014

Jersey have traditionally fared well on home turf, winning international tournaments or at least reaching the finals in the island in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2015.

Skipper Peter Gough - preparing for his eighth world tournament - and Sussex academy batsman Jonty Jenner are likely to be the danger men with the bat, but all-rounders Ben Stevens and Nat Watkins have the ability to be match-winners for the hosts.

Medium-pacer Rob McBey is back in the squad after three years out from cricket with a broken leg, while Anthony Kay is expected to take the new ball again and be pushed up the batting order to number six.

"Oman are the number one seeds on merit, but it's a big chance for us to take them on in the first game of the tournament," said head coach Neil MacRae.

"We think we've got a strong batting line-up all the way down the order, so certainly partnerships from one to nine and 10 are possible and we'll be looking for the whole order to fire."


A young team which came of age in 2015 under former director of cricket Nic Pothas, winning promotion from World Cricket League Six in Essex and beating Jersey in the inter-insular.

Opening the batting and bowling, the Sarnians' player of last year, Matt Stokes, will rarely be out of the action.

The Leicestershire Academy prospect is "addicted to cricket", according to captain Jamie Nussbaumer, topping the scoring charts at WCL6 and smothering rivals Jersey in their most recent meeting with tight lines and mature stroke-play.

With a restructured World Cricket League starting to take shape, Nussbaumer said his team will see anything less than a top-three finish as a failure.

"I think we're all aware we need to finish in the top three to maintain Division Five status," he said. "The obvious aim is to get promoted, the second aim is top three."

Head coach Ashley Wright added: "I'm hoping (the conditions) will favour our guys. Every game is a cup final, especially with funding decided by whether you go up or down - it puts a lot on each game."

Guernsey's Matt Stokes
Guernsey have recently started competing in the Sussex Premier League


Under captain Adegbola Adekunle Philip, Nigeria will be hoping to better their fourth-placed finish two years ago in a tournament which Jersey won and Guernsey finished bottom of.

The Nigeria Cricket Federation says the selection process ahead of Jersey has been the most transparent ever, with a series of trials whittling down more than 40 players to 14 for the final squad.

Among the new faces is Chima Akachukwu, who is the Yellow Greens' youngest-ever player having made his debut before his 16th birthday, while the experience will come from the likes of Jide Bejide, who scored his country's sole century in Malaysia in 2014.


Oman's Ajay Lalcheta celebrates victory
Ajay Lalcheta captains Oman for the week-long tournament in Jersey

Oman are the top-ranked side in the tournament and head into it on the back of their World Twenty20 debut in India, which saw them beat Ireland.

Twelve players are retained from that competition, including openers Khawar Ali and Zeeshan Maqsood, along with slingy bowler Munis Ansari.

Their ability to adapt to the swing and seam-friendly conditions in Jersey could prove crucial to their success.


In 1999, the chairman of the Tanzania Cricket Association estimated the game was only being played by around 150 people in the country.

As the world entered a new millennium, the game was gradually introduced in schools across Tanzania and in 2001 the nation became an associate member of the ICC.

The 2016 crop have warmed up for this tournament with a 20-day training camp in India and a series of friendly fixtures in the UK, and are once again captained by Hamisi Abdallah.


Vanuatu batting
Vanuatu were added to the tournament after Suriname pulled out over controversy surrounding player selection

Vanuatu will travel more than 10,000 miles to compete in Jersey and were invited to fill-in behind Suriname after following an ICC investigation regarding the eligibility of some of their players.

It was Vanuatu's own squad who reportedly gathered social media evidence to support their claim against the team which had beaten them in the semi-final.

On the field, only Guernsey's Stokes scored more World League Six runs than Joshua Rasu, who finished with an average of more than 55.

There will be live updates from the tournament on BBC Radio Jersey and BBC Radio Guernsey, and ball-by-ball coverage on the BBC Sport website of the clash between the Channel Islands on Wednesday, 25 May.

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