Guernsey CEO Mark Latter has spoken of his delight after the first cricket match in the British Isles was played on the island last weekend.
The KGV Ground held a T20 exhibition match between an Olly Tapp's XI and Andy Cornford's XI to raise money for a Covid-19 appeal.
(The umpires and openers take the field for the historic match. Copyright Martin Gray)
Despite the modest nature of the participants, there was no lacking media attention with camera crews in attendance, and a live stream attracted over 100,000 views on YouTube.
"Last Saturday's T20 match in itself was never going to be great cricket theatre but it did represent the culmination of weeks of hard work behind the scenes convincing authorities we could do it," said Latter, who as well as CEO of Guernsey is also their Director of Cricket.
(Ant Stokes bowls to Tom Nightingale: Copyright Martin Gray).
"By getting on the front foot early we engaged with our Sports Commission and then on to Public Health to make the case for cricket within the Phases of the Guernsey ‘Exit from Lockdown Framework’.
"This started with getting back to one to one coaching and accelerated to playing the match as the CV-19 cases fell to zero in the island."
(Mark Latter presents MOM award to Jamie Nussbaumer: copyright Martin Gray)
With the successful staging of the contest, Latter now hopes that the domestic season on the island can resume later this month.
"We are now looking forward to getting the Domestic season started in a couple of weeks and getting in part back to cricket normality at least."