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Although the 2011 World Cup is still two years away, qualification begins tomorrow for the 2015 competition with Division 7 of the World Cricket League. After Afghanistan’s heroics over the last year, the minnows of Bahrain, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Japan, Nigeria and Suriname (who don’t seem to have a website) will be hoping for some glory of their own:

  • Gibraltar are a bit of a mystery – I haven’t been able to uncover much detail of their team. If anyone out there is an authority on cricket in the 2.25 square miles of Spain that decided in 1967 that it wanted to stay part of Britain as the locals were all fans of The Beatles, please get in touch
  • Guernsey became associate members of the ICC as recently as last July, but the advantage of hosting the tournament may lift home hopes. The only cricketer from Guernsey that I’m aware of is Lee Savident, who used to play for Hampshire. Near neighbours Jersey are a couple of divisions further up, and the prospect of a Channel Islands derby may provide further motivation, if needed.
  • Japan were as high as Divison 5 in the WCL last year, but have some rebuilding to do. Their experience of playing in Jersey last year should prepare them for conditions in Guernsey, and coach Richard Laidler has high hopes that Japan will rise back up the ladder by finishing in the top 2 this time around.
  • Nigeria had some visa problems in the run-up to the competition, which I hope have been sorted out now. Nigeria actually played their first cricket international way back in 1904 against the Gold Coast (now Ghana), but were subsumed into the West African team for much of the last 40 years. I have to admit to a lack of knowledge of the current team, but hopefully that will change over the next few days.

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Hong Kong and Afghanistan have both qualified from the World Cricket League Division 4, and will now head off to Argentina for the next stage of qualification for the 2011 World Cup. The two sides are playing each other today, but the result is mainly academic.

Meanwhile, Jersey and Fiji were relegated to Division 5, with Tanzania surviving on net run rate.

For more on the WCL, see here.

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The next stage (Divison 4) of the inaccurately-named World Cricket League gets underway tomorrow, with Jersey and Afghanistan (qualifiers from Division 5 – see highlights here) joining Hong Kong, Italy, Fiji and hosts Tanzania in the battle for two spots in the Division 3 tournament (to be held in Buenos Aires).

  • Afghanistan have a brand-new coach in Kabir Khan, and will have the support of many neutrals due to the obvious obstacles the team have faced.
  • Italy has an interesting cricketing history, but none of the current crop have done much to attract my attention up until now. Here’s hoping that changes over the next few days.
  • Tanzania will be hoping that home advantage has the same positive effect for them that it did for Jersey in Division 5, and following a reasonably successful tour of the UK they might not be too far wrong.
  • Fiji are missing a key player in Neil Maxwell (who is also Brett Lee’s agent), so will be up against it. As with Italy, I’m hoping to learn something about Fijian cricket over the next couple of days.

For more on the tournament, including live coverage, go here.

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The World Cricket League Division 5 (see Well Pitched‘s guide to the WCL) reached its climax today as Afghanistan edged Jersey by 2 wickets in a low-scoring final.

Hamid Hassan took 4-27 for Afghanistan as the hosts were bowled out for a mere 80. Jersey made it hard work for the Afghans to chase down this seemingly low total, though, with only 20 balls remaining when the game was decided.

Both sides will now go on to compete in the WCL Division 4 tournament in September, along with Fiji, Hong Kong, Italy and Tanzania.

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