CricketEurope Media Release
CricketEurope has registered the millionth page impression on its website for Division 5 of the ICC World Cricket League, currently being held in Jersey.
CricketEurope is running the website under contract to the Jersey Cricket Board, hosts to the eight-day, twelve-team tournament.
It provides full news, photographic, audio and statistical coverage of the competition, including live commentary of at least one match per day.
Founded less than three years ago, CricketEurope has quickly become the leading website for coverage of the sport in the ICC's Associate and Affiliate countries.
Chief executive John Elder was delighted with the response to the service provided by the tournament website.
‘Both quantitatively and qualitatively, the reaction has been overwhelming,' he said on Friday.
‘There has obviously been great global interest in the competition, and despite the problems with the weather readers all over the world have been linking to the site to find out what has been happening, to check scorecards and to look at the photo galleries.'
The provision of live text commentary has been one of the key features of the site.
‘Within minutes of our starting live coverage of the game between Nepal and Mozambique,' said Elder, ‘we received an e-mail from a reader in Nepal, saying that he had been waiting for ten years for live commentary on a match involving his country's side.
‘It was therefore particularly gratifying that the Nepalese bowler Mahaboob Alam took all ten Mozambique wickets in that match, setting a new world record for international one-day cricket.'
With two places in World Cricket League Division 4 at stake in the tournament, and the theoretical possibility of progression to Division 3 and then to the qualifying tournament for the 2011 World Cup, competition in Jersey has been intense.
In Friday's semi-finals, Jersey beat the USA and Afghanistan beat Nepal to reach the final and to ensure their places in Division 4.
With commentary on both matches going out live, it was unsurprisingly the site's busiest day so far, driving the traffic figures over the million mark.