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Guernsey, Fiji, Botswana, Suriname ready for action

14:08 06 September 2015

Guernsey players celebrate a wicket (pic: ICC/Ian Jacobs)

Guernsey players celebrate a wicket (pic: ICC/Ian Jacobs)

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Essex prepares to host ICC World League Division Six

The ICC World Cricket League Division Six competition will see eight teams locking horns in Essex, with Group A rivals James Nussbaumer (Guernsey), Josefa Rika (Fiji), Karabo Motlhanka (Botswana) and Mohindra Boodram (Suriname) excited for the action to begin.

During the seven-day tournament that begins on 7 September, the likes of Botswana, Fiji, Guernsey, Suriname, Cayman Islands, Norway, Saudi Arabia and Vanuatu will compete for the top two positions that will see promotion to Division Five and the start of the pathway to the 2019 World Cup to be held in England.

Guernsey’s Nussbaumer said: “It is a real honour to be able to represent your country at international level and we all thrive on the extra pressure and responsibility that this brings.

“The only expectation we have for ourselves is to win the tournament, we are expecting a competitive week and are very much looking forward to the challenge.”

The Guernsey squad have been preparing hard for the tournament and Nussbaumer added: “We have been training solidly throughout the season and a lot of the national squad have been travelling to the UK to play in Premier League cricket in the Sussex and Hampshire leagues.

“Most recently we played Jersey in the Inter-Insular 50-over fixture, which we won. We have had good preparation and feel focused.”

Fiji skipper Rika believes his team have a good chance of qualifying, saying: “Our main aim is no doubt progressing on to the next stage as it is for every other team taking part.

“We believe if we play to our strengths and do the little things right we will put ourselves in a good position to achieve that.

“We have had a good year in Cricket Fiji with a string of good performances and we just want to make sure we continue that form. The players are looking forward to getting on to the pitch.”

Botswana, the only African team to be competing in the tournament, is looking forward to be playing in England, according to captain Motlhanka.

“We are looking forward to playing competitive cricket in the famous ‘English’ conditions, most of the team haven’t been to England so everyone is very excited at the prospect,” he said.

“We have been training almost every day for the past few months and we’ve been playing preparation games at home against local teams as well as a visit from the Namibia ‘A’ side, most recently we have been playing preparation games in South Africa.”

Suriname skipper Boodram also hopes for success, adding: “The team has been preparing since July, this week all the squad will be at a training camp and we will be playing a preparation match against a team from Guyana.

“We hope to have a good tournament, gain a lot of experience and hopefully qualify for Division Five.”

The opening day of the tournament will see Guernsey take on Fiji at Colchester and Suriname lock horns with Botswana at Kelvedon.

The tournament schedule is:

7 September – Suriname v Botswana (Kelvedon), Guernsey v Fiji (Colchester), Cayman Islands v Vanuatu (Frinton), Norway v Saudi Arabia (Coggeshall)

8 September – Cayman Islands v Saudi Arabia (Kelvedon), Vanuatu v Norway (West Mersea), Fiji v Suriname (Colchester), Guernsey v Botswana (Frinton)

10 September – Fiji v Botswana (Coggeshall), Guernsey v Suriname (Halstead), Cayman Islands v Norway (Kelvedon), Vanuatu v Saudi Arabia (Colchester)

11 September – A3rd v B4th (Kelvedon), B3rd v A4th (Maldon), A1st v B2nd (Frinton), B1st v A2nd (Coggeshall)

13 September – Final (County Ground, Chelmsford), 3rd v 4th Play off (Colchester), 5th v 6th Play off (Bishops Stortford 1), 7th v 8th Play off (Bishops Stortford 2).

All matches are scheduled to start at 1030 local time.

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