Two of Billingshurst’s brightest young cricketers are set to make their full international debuts for Guernsey next month.
Teenagers Tom Nightingale and Will Fazakerley have been named in the squad for the countries World Cricket League Division Six tournament.
The 17-year-olds, who signed for Billingshurst this season, have been plying their trade in the Sussex League Premier Division and are set to feature for Guernsey’s senior side during the tournament in September.
The pair were both born on the island before moving to England for school and will face Botswana, Suriname and Fiji in the group stages which are being held in Essex, with Guernsey’s clear aim promotion from the bottom tier of the league.
Fazakerley moved over to England in year nine to attend Lancing College and started playing in the Sussex League for Worthing last year.
Nightingale meanwhile moved over this year and both joined Billingshurst as well as playing for the Sussex Academy over the summer.
On his call-up, Fazakerley said: “It was pretty amazing and being able to play in this World Cricket League is great. Nic Pothass the head coach has helped me and Tom an awful lot over the past few years, so it’s nice for him to give us both a chance in the national squad.”
The pair have recently been playing in Newcastle with the squad and will face off against their ‘nemesis’ island Jersey in the annual inter-insular, but can’t wait to receive their full caps next month
Fazakerly added: “It will be a special moment. It is also quite good experience, especially for me and Tom as we are trying to earn a contract at a pro club.
“It is good experience playing against teams from all over the world and different players from different countries and having to adapt. It should help us with the future and it is just a pleasure to be picked.”
Billingshurst skipper Ben Williams said: “We have lost the Guernsey boys this weekend because of their international call-ups, which is definitely a first for us.
“They are Guernsey born and bred, but moved over here to go to school so are eligible to play. I was in a bit of panic when I heard, but they do not count as overseas players in our league - they count as English.
“They are both 17-years-old so to be called up and be involved is such an achievement. They are both promising and young with good futures ahead of them.
“We wish them all the best. It is huge for the club and they have come in and helped us with the step up. They have certainly boosted us and brought some new enthusiasm to the side.
“Hopefully, they come back and use the experience they gain with us and I am sure in the future they will be top quality Premier Division players, or even higher.”
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