Jersey Evening Post logoInjury has forced opening bowler and talented batsman Anthony Kay to pull out of Jersey's World Cricket League Division 5 squad for the trip to India and Nepal next month.

Kay has failed to recovery from a recurring back injury, he has been replaced in the squad by 16-year-old bowler Alex Noel, one of three players named as reserves for the tour.

Kay, who has played in several tournament for Jersey since 2007, including the WCL Division IV tournament in Tanzanian in 2008, will be sorely missed in the Jersey squad.

He took nine wickets in six matches in Tanzania, including a four for 36 haul against Fiji, one of Jersey's forthcoming opponents in Nepal.

Chris Minty, Jersey's Cricket Board's director of cricket, said: ‘Anthony was prescribed rest at the end of the 2009 season and we had hoped his back would recover sufficiently for him to play in Nepal.

‘However a specialist has recommended further scans and treatment and we hope this will lead to a full recovery in due course.'

Noel now comes into the senior squad for the first time. The teenager attended the ICC Europe Centre of Excellence in 2009 and then played Victoria College's 1st X1 and the Jersey Under 17s in their ICC tournament in Belfast.

Ward Jenner, JCB chairman of selectors, said: ‘Alex has worked hard at his game and he will undoubtedly benefit from this experience.'

Jersey will be playing three matches in India before moving on to Nepal for their opening match in the WCL V tournament against Nepal on Saturday 20 February.