China Ladies National XI to visit Jersey
Mon, Jul 14, 2014 9:27 AM
The China Cricket Association Ladies National XI will be coming to Jersey to play the Jersey Ladies Cricket team. The China Ladies team will be visiting the UK and playing the MCC Ladies on 22nd July following which they will play a 40 over per side match on 25th July at Grainville and a T20 match on 26th July at Victoria College.
John Bogie, CCA organiser, said “The Chinese squad of 18 players and officials are hugely excited by this visit to Jersey and we very much appreciate the generous sponsorship from Bedell, Rathbones, British Airways and The Merton Hotel to enable this trip to take place. We look forward to playing on excellent grass pitches against the Jersey Ladies team and forging new sporting friendships”.
Chris Minty, Chief Executive Officer of the Jersey Cricket Board, said “We are delighted to welcome the Chinese Ladies National XI to Jersey to play our Ladies National Team. We welcome the opportunity to work with Locate Jersey to promote sporting links with China.”
This visit arose from an initial letter from the Chief Minister to the China Cricket Association which led to a meeting being held in Beijing in May between Locate Jersey Director, Wayne Gallichan, and Directors of the Chinese Administrative Centre of General Administration of Sport. Gallichan ascertained that the China Ladies National team were visiting the UK to play the MCC Ladies and suggested that as a way of expanding cultural and sporting links, they should make the short trip to Jersey. The China Cricket Association thought this was a very good idea and in conjunction with the Jersey Cricket Board, Locate Jersey and China Cricket Association moved things forward very quickly and several local sponsors came forward.
It is believed that this is the first time that a representative cricket team from China will have played matches in Jersey and also the first time that a ladies match will take place at Victoria College. The games will provide invaluable match practice for the forthcoming T20 series to be played in Germany later this year.
Jonathan Giles, Managing Director of Rathbones Investment Management International, said “This is great opportunity to support the development of sport between Jersey and China. Rathbones’ links to China date from the 1840s (or mid 19th century) and we look forward to renewing our relationship.”