Jersey and Guernsey are ready to get going in WCL Div 5
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 11:37 AM
The Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5 starts in Malaysia on Thursday, Jersey and Guernsey captains shared their thoughts on the tournament.
Jersey Captain Peter Gough thinks that Malaysia's weather will not affect them as they look to take one game at a time throughout this tournament.
"No, I don't think the weather will affect us. We concentrate on getting fit as possible.
"We had a whole week to get used to the weather and the heat. It was tough on the first day off the plane but now we're used to it.
"We're going to think about the first game in Nigeria and we want to win it. Take it one at a time and we shall look together after that game. We believe in ourselves and hopefully we can win as many games as possible," said Gough.
Gough said that Jersey has got a confident group of players in their side and they hope to continue their good momentum after their Division Six success.
"We respect all of the oppositions and the good thing about the competition is that all the games are going to be interesting. Confidence is high and everyone is happy in the group."
He said in this tournament, all the teams present different challenges and all of them are tough sides.
"For now, we're thinking about the Nigeria challenge and it's going to be a tough one. We want prepare as well as we can. We know that Malaysia is going to be a good side because they're the host nation.
"We're happy with the team that we've brought here. We've got a balanced bowling attack and we have strengths in our spinners. We also have balance in our seamers as well and we've got a batting line-up that has great partnerships," added Gough.
Having been here a couple of times and participating in his fourth World Cricket League, Guernsey's captain Jamie Nussbaumer said that his young side is hoping to create an impression and maintain their Division Five status.
"Preparations have been really good and we've been working since October. We've been doing lots of gym work to get fit.
"Couple of months ago, we've got this new indoor cricket centre and we're working hard in the nets. We've been here for a week to get used to the weather and we're feeling ready to go.
"The youngsters got a bit of shock but now they?re used it. We're hoping to win every game and maintain Division Five status.
"We've got a very young squad and we've got to be realistic. Our average is 22 and lots of guys here are playing their first tournament in alien conditions," said Nussbaumer.
He said that Malaysia is the favourite because they're playing on home soil.
"We've played good games against them. They're a strong outfit. We treat every opponent with respect.
"Cricket is a team game. We can't rely on one or two individuals for a tournament like this; everyone has got to be involved. Our squad members should perform" he said.
There are two promotion spots up for grabs to Division Four.