Guernsey Cricket has announced the commencement of the domestic cricket season on Tuesday 30 June with the chase for the Rozel Shield and Evening League title getting underway.
It will be a busy start for the Evening League 1 teams as they play two rounds across the following 3 nights and on the Saturday 4 July, when two matches will be staged at KGV.
This will be the new look expanded six team Evening League 1 and with player movements to date across all sides a winner will be hard to pick.
Evening League 2 and 3 start in week of 6 July across KGV. Port Soif and Memorial Fields. Evening League 1 will be contested over two round robins, whilst EL2 and EL3 will see one round of matches.
In all some 96 matches will be played to decide the destination of the Evening League silverware. This includes an EL3 ‘Super Saturday’ when 2 round robin matches will be played at each of KGV and Port Soif.
There is also a standalone EL2 Challenge Weekend. Matches will start with the T20 format and reduce across 18, 16 and 14 overs as the light fades in to late August.
Alongside the Evening League programme the weekends will see both the GCA Cup played for once again over 50ovs and also the Bowl in it’s 40 over standard format. All these games will be on grass at KGV and College Field.
The Weekend League Programme will feature some 20 matches across the summer. The season will see two Weekend Finals with the GCA Cup Final on 15 August and Bowl Final on 30 August.
“We are just delighted to be playing cricket again and very grateful to Dr Nicola Brink, Heidi Soulsby and Gavin St Pier for steering us to this position early enough to have a meaningful season” said Guernsey Cricket CEO Mark Latter.
He continued, “ Whilst it will be a busy one there are a number of players still on island who might not have been around ordinarily which makes the squads look strong and I am sure appetite to play now is stronger than ever”.
The season also sees Odey Wealth extend their support for local cricket to include the Weekend League Programme for 2020.
On this Mark Latter commented, “Shaun and Geoff at Odey Wealth have been amazing supporters of the domestic game so for them to keep that support going in these trying times is superb”.
Shaun Le Messurier, Director at Odey Wealth commented, “We at Odey Wealth are extremely proud to be able to support Guernsey cricket once again this year. Sport brings the community together and no sport does that better than cricket. We look forward to an action packed season and best of luck to all of the teams!”