The fate of the Channel Islanders has been mixed, winning all their 50-over matches in Uganda in the most recent ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B, before losing four T20Is in succession against Namibia and the United States, who have won all their Group A matches. I am waiting. Opener on Monday.
The jersey is without Josh Laurenson and Anthony Hawking-K for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B, but spinner Rhys Palmer and 18-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Asa Tribe, who has scored one half-century after another against Namibia. Involved.
Tribe’s brother, Zak, is also part of the squad and Coach McCray is deeply pleased to have at his disposal as they attempt to claim one of the two qualifying spots available.
“Both Josh and Anthony were fantastic for us in Uganda and will definitely be missed, but we are very fortunate to bring in players like Asa and Rice,” he told the Jersey Evening Post. “They’ve both already impressed in practice games and settled in the group.
“The morale and team spirit are very high. They are an incredibly close group of players. We are all extremely proud to represent Jersey in any international tournament.”
Jersey has previously featured in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifiers twice, finishing second in their seven-team groups on both occasions – despite winning three of their six matches last time in 2019.
Following their clash with the United States, Jersey will take on host nations Zimbabwe and Singapore in Group A, with the top two advancing to the semi-finals.
And despite a recent defeat against his earlier opponents, by 50 runs and seven wickets, McCray identified notable positives – not least performance with the bat.
Ben Ward scored 60 and Ben Stevens scored an unbeaten 98 in two matches, while former Sussex batsman Jonty Jenner – Jersey’s highest scorer in the 2019 qualifiers with an average of 36.85 in the past year – is also part of the squad.
“Some of the batsmen’s cues, especially in the last two games against the USA, have been fantastic,” said MacRae, who played two ODIs for Scotland during his playing career and has been in his current role since January 2014. are in.
“Ben Stevens and Ben Ward both put up huge individual performances in different games respectively, which shows the depth of strength we have in the batting line-up.
“We know we have some great spinners, along with the pace options and a young, athletic fielding unit – all the elements are starting to come together.”
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