Captain Chuggy's ‘fifty’ focus
JERSEY’S cricketers have enough to swat aside their five Challenge League rivals as they switch to 50-over cricket for their latest global qualifiers, according to skipper Chuggy Perchard.
Fresh from their T20 World Cup preliminary display in Abu Dhabi last month, Jersey head to Oman on Saturday where the road to the next 50-over World Cup begins.
Challenge League Group B opponents Uganda, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya and Bermuda all stand between the Caesareans and progression to the second of three qualifying stages, but the captain – who is hoping to be chipping in with as many wickets as he can – believes his side have enough in the tank to get through.
Only the two group winners will advance to the World Cup play-off, following three Challenge League round-robin outings between now and 2021.
Perchard said: ‘We’ve had a good couple of weeks off now and it has been back into some indoor training before we go off on Saturday.
‘We’ve got three warm up games before we begin and everyone is looking forward to it.
‘The group is very open. We played Hong Kong a few weeks ago and we lost narrowly, and they haven’t got anything too special so we know we have enough in our ranks to beat them and progress.
‘If we don’t perform then that won’t happen but we have enough and we are looking forward to it.’
Neil MacRae’s men will go straight into three warm-up games against Oman A following their arrival this weekend, as the hosts’ first team prepare for their own qualifiers in League 2 (for nations ranked 14th-20th in the world). Jersey are ranked 28th.
After that it is straight into the main event, with the opener against Uganda on 2 December followed by four games coming thick and fast before they wrap things up on 11 December against Bermuda.
More in Wednesday's JEP.
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