‘Champions League’ carrot for local teams

NEXT year’s Evening League champions will be invited to ECL22 – the Champions League of European Cricket – after the Guernsey Cricket Board signed a long-term partnership with the European Cricket League.

The Guernsey Cricket Board have signed up with the European Cricket League. (28386740)
The Guernsey Cricket Board have signed up with the European Cricket League. (28386740)

‘The GCB is delighted to enter a partnership with the ECL which will greatly help in the ongoing development process of cricket in Guernsey,’ said GCB chief executive Mark Latter.

‘The agreement will increase opportunities for clubs, players and umpires, and further boost the quality and awareness of Guernsey cricket. We very much look forward to working alongside the ECL family.’

This agreement follows closely on the back of the European Cricket Network and the GCB partnering to live stream the Covid-19 Appeal Match from the KGV at the end of May as cricket returned to the British Isles for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown. It has had more than 113,000 views on YouTube.

‘Mark and his team have a historic, prestigious and professional team of clubs, players and administrators in Guernsey,’ said Daniel Weston, founder of the ECL.

‘Given their fantastic facilities and tight-knit feeling of community on the island, Guernsey has the perfect platform for both the continued growth of domestic club cricket as a sport but also for cricket as a key social event.

‘We believe that by working together to propel their champion domestic club to the big stage in the Champions League of European cricket, it can only fuel the hunger for more cricket to be played and be seen with a sharper public focus in Guernsey itself.’

Following the postponement of ECL20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the second staging of the European Cricket League – ECL21 – will now take place from 30 May to 6 June 2021 at La Manga Club in Spain with 16 champion teams providing exciting fast-paced T10 action.

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