Channel Islanders making inroads in England
After making his first-class debut for Sussex recently, Jersey's Jonty Jenner continues to make inroads in the English game as he was named as twelfth man for England in their Test against South Africa at Lord's, starting tomorrow.
Sussex fielding coach Carl Hopkinson recommended Jenner for the role, which may only be for the first two days as Sussex Second XI have a match starting on Saturday.
Jenner won't be the first associate player to perform twelfth man duties for the England side. Denmark's Freddie Klokker did the job in 2004, coming on as a sub-fielder during a Test at Lord's. Current Ireland captain William Porterfield also did it, as did Eoin Morgan during his Ireland days. Jenner will hope he doesn't get refused entry to Lord's by the gate man as happened to Morgan.
There was good news for the other ICC associate member Channel Island of Guernsey also today, as right-arm pace bowler Will Fazackerley made his county championship debut for Leicestershire after impressing for their second XI throughout the first half of the season.
Fazackerley, who turned 19 just over two weeks ago, bowled six overs, taking 1-32. His maiden first-class wicket was England international Chris Jordan.
The pair are not the only Channel Islanders involved with county set-ups at the moment. Fazackerley's Guernsey teammate Jason Martin has played a couple of games alongside Jenner for the Sussex Second XI, whilst Jersey have a number of players involved with county set-ups.
Ben Kynman, who last year was with the Kent Second XI, has this year played a handful of games for Gloucestershire Second XI, with Jake Dunford also being involved in one of those games. Harrison Carlyon (who has already played for the Jersey senior side), Dylan Kotedia and Josh Lawrenson make up a trio of Jersey youngsters involved at age group levels with Sussex, whilst Julius Sumerrauer has played at youth level for Somerset.