|World Cricket League Division 5, Singapore, February 2012|
Victory over Caymans is not enough for Guernsey
ICC Media Release
Guernsey took on Cayman Islands at Kallang, the biggest of the three venues hosting in Singapore where once again Steve Gordon led the Caymanian batting line up while Guernsey’s bowling unit was today led by the off-spin of GH Smit who proved useful for the Channel Islanders when it came to dismissing the Caribbean side for 164 in less than 48 overs.
In reply, Guernsey’s batting line-up was led once again by the in-form Smit, alongside Tim Ravenscroft with the duo knocking 107 runs off the target before Smit was clean bowled by Alessandro Morris. The side lost another three wickets, but stalwart Jeremy Frith ensured the side was steered to victory alongside Ben Ferbrache and secure its placing in Division 5.
Both Guernsey coach Andy Cornford and Cayman Islands coach Theo Cuffy admitted that it was time for reflection and rebuilding with their respective sides.
Cuffy said: “I am happy that we have maintained our position in Division 5, however I did come here with the belief we could have won promotion back to Division 4. Now it is about regrouping as a team and looking to the younger players and seeing how we can develop and improve the game further in the Cayman Islands.
“I think what let us down here was a lack of professionalism by our senior players and the fact a number of our junior players didn’t seem willing to learn the trade. Our players need to go home and look inwardly about what they can do to help cricket and its development on the islands.”
Cornford added: “The whole side is disappointed that we have lost out on promotion from the event but we are content that we have cemented our position in the league. We came here to be promoted but we haven’t played out best cricket this week and its showed.
“I’m particularly happy with the bowling unit this week and how it performed especially as it’s a young unit with the likes of Jamie Nussbaumer and David Hooper. Our batting performance was a disappointment this week and especially our partnerships cost us.
“We’ve six weeks off now before our domestic season starts and the rebuilding begins now for the future and the next WCL Div. 5.”