The biggest tournament in associate cricket in the last few weeks was of course Division 5 of the World Cricket League, won by hosts Jersey. The fall out from that tournament has seen the Nigerian Cricket Federation take the remarkable step of sacking their entire coaching staff and their entire team.
In better news for players in that tournament, Guernsey's Matt Stokes, Will Fazakerley and Tom Nightingale will be involved at various levels with Leicestershire later this month. The trio link up with former Guernsey coach Nic Pothas, who is now the director of the Leicestershire academy.
Not to be outdone, Guernsey's Channel Island rivals Jersey also have a player heading to county cricket, with Ben Kynman set to play for Kent's second XI later this week. Teammate Jonty Jenner has been involved at Sussex for a couple of seasons now, and he didn't have much time to rest, playing for their second XI against the MCC Young Cricketers just three days after the WCL5 final.
In other Channel Island news, the women's inter-insular match happened in Jersey yesterday. Guernsey scored 93-8 in their 20 overs, which Jersey chased down with 4 balls to spare to win by 6 wickets.
Two of the smaller Channel Islands are also in action in the next couple of weeks. Sark will visit Alderney next weekend for a Twenty20 match in addition to a 30 over contest, whilst Alderney will travel to Sark for a return 30 over contest the weekend after. Alderney themselves had a rare match against a national side outside the Channel Islands last month, visiting Portugal for a 7 wicket defeat to their national side.
In other matches, Estonia played host to Latvia for a three match Twenty20 series, with the hosts coming back to win the series 2-1 after Latvia won the first match. Estonia then travelled to the Czech Republic last weekend for a tri-series also involving Switzerland. The hosts rounded out winners, with Switzerland finishing second. The Czechs have another tri-series to look forward to, visiting Poland to play the hosts and Hungary.
Sweden began their preparation for Europe Division 2 with a trip to Brondby to play a Denmark Development XI in two Twenty20 matches. The hosts won both matches by close margins.
In off-field news, the ICC revealed to Cricinfo that the USA Cricket Association will not, as expected, be expelled at the annual conference in Edinburgh this month. They have instead been given a deadline of December to approve a new constitution, one of many such deadlines they have been given over the last decade or so.
USACA's response was to threaten legal action against the ICC over the suspension, with Cricinfo reporting that USACA vice-president Owen Grey had revealed in a letter to David Richardson that the board had secured the services of administrator Kenwyn Williams to "advise us on a pathway to revitalisation".
People may remember Williams from the infamous USACA social media meltdown of October 2012. That incident saw Williams lose his then position as Executive Secretary, but he is back and will be representing USACA at the annual conference, with Grey claiming that Williams will be helping restore the organisation's credibility. Grey referred to William's experience in the area of sport litigation, which would appear to consist of him suing USACA after losing that Executive Secretary position.