Wright hopes Antipodean ventures will bear fruit

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FOUR of Guernsey’s youngsters will spend their winter playing cricket in the southern hemisphere – with Ash Wright tipping them all to come back as better players.

Tom Nightingale and James Wilkes-Green have already made the trip to Australia and will remain there until March, while Josh Butler will also travel down under next month.

The fourth island player, Dec Martel, is currently awaiting confirmation of a visa, but assuming that is approved, he will leave for New Zealand in the next fortnight.

Guernsey coach Wright is delighted that this quartet are taking the plunge and testing themselves on the other side of the world.

‘I will always encourage any young player to try and spend a season away overseas if they can because they will benefit and develop enormously from it,’ he said.

‘They will improve as cricketers and come back better, but by stepping out of their comfort zones and into a new culture, they will also grow up in the time away.

‘It is fantastic they are all giving it a go and they are all good cricketers, they all want to do it, so I am sure they will do well out there.’

  • Full story in Thursday's Guernsey Press.

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