Jonty Jenner recently returned to the island for a Christmas break after a highly successful tour to Cape Town with the Sussex County Cricket Academy and Development squad. The squad was accompanied by Sussex coaching staff Carl Hopkinson, Academy director, Jon Lewis – a former England bowler - and current Sussex player Chris Nash.
He was selected as captain of the Sussex Academy side for 5 of the 7 games played on the trip, which were mainly against Western Province Academy players.
Jonty had immediate success, top-scoring with 81 against club side St Augustines as Sussex started their tour with a convincing 140 run win.
Former Jersey resident, and current Cape Town based cricket coach, Laurie Ward attended the second game at the Durbanville ground.
The remaining games resulted in losses against very strong opposition. Jonty top-scored with an aggressive 58 and 100 partnership with fellow Channel Islander Jason Martin at Green Point stadium.
His personal highlight however came at the superb Vineyard Oval ground under Table mountain where he scored 100 off just 64 balls with 20 boundaries.
Jonty's performances during the tour have led to him returning to the Cape in January as an "Overseas Player" for Cape Town CC.
He travels out in early January for 3 months to play for Cape Town CC and to undertake specialised one-on-one coaching with one of the leading global batting coaches Gary Kirsten who is half-brother of former Jersey Coach - Peter Kirsten.
At the behest of Sussex First Team senior coach Mark Davis, Jonty is expected to re-join the Sussex squad in March for pre-season training and warm-up games before the start of the County season.