Jersey Evening Post logoJERSEY'S Nepal-bound cricket captain Ryan Driver is full of enthusiasm over his squad for the World Cricket League Division V test next month.

The former Lancashire professional said; ‘It's a nicely-balanced squad of youth and experience and many of the players have played in previous tournaments while the younger ones have competed in various age group categories.

‘Anthony Kaye has played at under-19 level, in the World Cricket League in Tanzania and in Europe so already he has a lot of experience despite still being young.

‘Charles ‘Chuggy' Perchard has earned his place on the back of proving himself in the NatWest Weekend League Premier Division last season, while we also have the experience of Matt Hague, Dean Morrison and myself.

‘It's fantastic that Matt is with us again and Dean being involved is brilliant too because he was awesome with the bat on many occasions last season.

‘We're taking a young wicket-keeper in Tom Le Lièvre as cover in the position for Bobby Minty and Ian Crocker.'

Driver was not worried about playing hosts Nepal in Jersey's opening match on Saturday 20 February.

‘We have to play them some time,' Driver said, adding: ‘So once we've blown the cobwebs away with our matches in India what better way to open the tournament.

‘We've been told to expect a crowd of up to 10,000 for the Nepal game so it is going to be a fantastic experience and after that hopefully games will be a little easier.


‘But the pressure will be on them I'm sure. It really doesn't matter who we play and in what order because we have to play all the teams.

‘We have the India leg of the trip first and I'm really looking forward to that too. Tanzania was a fantastic experience and I'm sure that will hold us in good stead.

‘We faced really tough conditions in Tanzania and I think conditions will be slightly easier in Nepal. I don't think any of the squad have played cricket before in Asia and we are all looking forward to going there to play.

‘Our preparation has been good and we know that our players who are away at University have been practising hard too. Jonny Gough is currently playing cricket in Australia; yes I don't think there is anyone who will be short of form.

‘There are some strong countries in the tournament and it must be remembered that we have beaten some of them already. Having beaten them is a positive but we know it will not be a walk in the park and we will respect every team we play.

‘Our aim is to finish in the top two and win promotion. If we fail to do that we will look to remain in the division and if we fail to do that then it will be a really big disappointment.'