Guernsey Press

Indies claim Evening League title again

INDEPENDENTS have been crowned Evening League One champions for the second-year running.

Picture by Luke Le Prevost. 07-06-23..Cricket action at the KGV - Indies v Cobo. (32370380)

Nathan Le Tissier’s side have won all seven games they have played this season, and Irregulars’ defeat to Wanderers on Wednesday evening means that the title race is mathematically over.

‘It’s a great feeling – we have played some very good cricket this year and to do it twice in a row is pretty special,’ said the Indies skipper.

The Rozel Shield winners have also qualified for the European Cricket League once again, and will travel to Malaga in early 2024 to participate.

‘We’re all very excited already for the trip – last year we did not really know what to expect but this time we’re going with more expectations, especially since Zak Damarell will also play this time.’

Indies went unbeaten in the 2022 EL1 season, and have not lost a game in the competition since being beaten by Griffins in July 2021.

‘We are blessed with very good cricketers at the club, and we’re a tight group who have some amazing camaraderie,’ said Le Tissier.

‘Everybody has played their part this season.’

Will Peatfield, club secretary at Indies, said that he ‘could not have asked for a better bunch of blokes to win the league with.’

‘It’s awesome to achieve this with a group of such good mates.

‘We’re a talented group but the main thing is we have such good team spirit, and there’s been some pretty special displays right across the board.

‘Jack Brown, for example, worked so hard over winter and it was great for him to have that game last week, taking a five-for – it was a real testament to his work.

‘Of course Matt Stokes is an absolute run-machine, his ton against Wanderers was one of the best I have ever seen.

‘Zak and Nathan at the top have been great, our bowlers have done well, and the middle-order have been so solid.

‘Tom Nightingale also deserves a special mention, he’s absolutely piled on the runs in the last few years – we’re so lucky as a club and as an island to have him, he is absolutely phenomenal.

‘Nathan’s captaincy has been amazing, too.

‘There were times where the odds have been against us, but he keeps a cool head at all times and that’s helped us get over the line when we’ve really needed it.’