The Isle of Man were drawn in Group A which included Spain, France, Czechia and Greece. The Isle of Man had a great start to the the European Cricket Championship with two wins against Czechia and Greece.
Isle of Man 135-5 The innings was dominated by Captain Ollie Webster on his return to the Isle of Man with a fantastic unbeaten 101 from 35 balls,. Czechia 123-3 The Czechs got off to a flyer however the IOM weathered the storm. The middle overs were dominated by Joe Burrows (2-16), Fraser Clarke (0-17) and Chris Langford (0-23) who bowled tight spells, restricting the Czechs after their positive start. Pressure continued to build and a late flurry saw the Czechs need 27 from the last over. Kieran (1-26) stepped up and bowled an excellent final over to see the IOM win by 12 runs. Player of the Match - Ollie Webster
Isle of Man 107-6 Under lights Ollie and Nathan Knights looked to be building on the success earlier in the day against the pace bowling in the fading light, quickly hitting some boundaries with Nathan first out for 19 (13 balls). A partnership of 50 between Christian Webster (28 from 10 balls) and Ollie (23 from 14 balls) saw the Isle of Man race to 80 in the 6th over. However, the introduction of spin saw the IOM stall in overs 7, 8 and 9. Some clever play by Carl Hartmann behind square and a big six from Chris saw the IOM finish on 107. Greece 81-6 Despite losing a wicket first ball to Joe (1-26), Greece started positively and were up with the run rate coming out of the power play. Again the partnership of Chris (2-13) and Fraser (1-14) was the key, with the dot balls quickly piling up, applying pressure as the wickets continued to fall. JJ Griffin back into the side bowled excellently taking 1-10 and conceding less than a run a ball, A tight bowling performance saw the IOM through, with big games against Spain and France tomorrow. Player of the Match - Chris Langford
Day 2 of the European Cricket Championship Isle of Man 143-4 Ollie and Nathan really attacked the first five overs with Ollie out first for 47 from 19 balls putting on 81 for the first wicket. Nathan followed five balls later for 33 from 13 balls. Christian continued to attack the Spanish bowling with a well made 40 from 14 deliveries. Spain 147-2 Spain came out with real intent and the IOM struggled to contain the powerful Spanish batters. Joe the only wicket taker taking two wickets, two excellent stumpings for Carl standing up to the wicket.
Isle of Man 91-8 Ollie, Nathan and Christian this time falling quickly and the Isle of Man struggled to find the boundary eventually finishing on 91 for 8 wickets. Sam Barnett on his European Cricket Championship debut showed a glimpse of his boundary scoring potential scoring 22 of his 26 runs scored off 5 deliveries. France 97-1 France made light work of the chase with a real display of power hitting. Joe again the only wicket taker. This saw the Isle of Man play Greece the following day in the eliminator for a chance to move into the first qualifying finals played over the day.
Isle of Man 90-8 Ollie got the innings going quickly with a 4 first ball but the IOM continued to lose wickets through the 10-overs. The Greece spinners again doing the damage. After Nathan was out for 22 from 9 balls, Joe played a lone hand with 34 from 18 deliveries. Greece 91-5 Opening the bowling Kieran took an early wicket, a fantastic yorker to put Greece on the back foot. A second wicket partnership for Greece looked like it was going to take the game away from the IOM. However, a wicket for Chris and an excellent run out with Christian and Carl combining brought the IOM back into the game. A brilliant spell under pressure from JJ picking up 2 wickets made the game tight and the players continued to battle hard on the field but Greece eventually won with 4 balls to spare.
Group A winners Spain will move forward to Finals Week. This was a great opportunity for the Isle of Man players to test their skills and make their debut as part of the 31 countries taking part in the European Cricket Championship.
Isle of Man to make their Debut in the European Cricket Championship
The Isle of Man will be taking part in the European Cricket Championship for the first time and have been drawn in Group A and will therefore be playing Spain, Czechia, France and Greece. The round robin group games take place on 25th & 26th September before Finals Day on the 27th September. The European Cricket Championship will be taking place in Malaga, Spain at the Cartama Oval during September and October and the winner of each group will progress to Finals Week. The Championship is T10 which will be a new format for the players. Fixtures can be found: www.ecn.cricket/european-cricket-championship/scores-fixtures and can be viewed on: www.youtube.com/channel/UCzpKcXOP32CxF-X6iTpM7EQ
The following 13-man squad who will compete in the European Cricket Championship with Ollie Webster returning to the Isle of Man squad to captain the side with Matt Ansell and Phil Littlejohns taking care of off field matters.
Isle of Man Win Home Austria Series
The isle of Man Men's National began their first ever home bilateral series on Sunday 16th at King William's College. Game one saw Austria win the toss and chose to bat with JJ Griffin making his international debut.
Austria 149-5 Mark Simpson Parker 49 was the mainstay of the Austria innings. An excellent display in the field with four catches and disciplined bowling restricted Austria to 149. The wicket takers were JJ Griffin 2-31 on debut and Chris Langford, Fraser Clarke and Joe Burrows the other wicket takers. Isle of Man 150-4 An outstanding 53 from 28 balls by Nathan Knights and 50 from 51 balls by Adam McAuley got the Isle of Man in an excellent position for Carl Hartmann 11, George Burrows 18 not out and Eddie Beard 7 not out to see them win with 4 balls to spare. Player of the Match (game one) - Nathan Knights
In game two of the bilateral series between the Isle of Man and Austria, Austria again won the toss and chose to bat. Austria 137 all out A well made 57 from Razmal Shigiwal had Austria well placed at 80 for 3 wickets. However, the loss of 6 wickets for 13 runs saw Austria collapse to 137 all out. The Isle of Man fielding was again excellent with two fantastic catches by Christian Webster and George Burrows. All the bowlers contributed with Matt Ansell 3-22, Chris Langford 2-19, JJ Griffin 2-31, Joe Burrows 2-36 and Fraser Clarke 1-26. Isle of Man 140-5 Nathan Knights again started the innings positively with 17 from 12 balls. There was a small collapse at 26-3 but a fantastic partnership of 70 between Carl Hartmann 39 and Christian Webster and then a match winning partnership of 33 between Joe Burrows 11 not out and Christian. Christian finishing 59 not out, a very mature innings running hard and accelerating superbly in the latter overs. Player of the Match (game two) - Christian Webster
Game three of the Isle of Man versus Austria on Monday 17th July, Austria this time won the toss and chose to bowl. Isle of Man 71-5 from 11 overs George Burrows was 26 not out and Amit Nathwani and Shahil Momin both picked up two wickets. However, the weather unfortunately won and the game had to be abandoned.
A huge amount of work went into the first T20 internationals on the Isle of Man before during and after the series. A massive thank you to everyone who made it happen and Sunday in particular was very well attended and hopefully the first of many T20 internationals on the Isle of Man.
Men's National Team Squad Announced for Home Austria Series
The following players have been selected for the three-match T20I bi lateral series against Austria on Sunday 9th and Monday 10th July at King William's College. JJ Griffin is selected as part of the National Team squad for the first time graduating from the Isle of Man Academy.
First Ever Home International Series on the Isle of Man
The Isle of Man will shortly welcome the Austria Men's National Team in the first ever international series held on the Isle of Man. The international men's T20 bilateral series will take place on Sunday 9th July and Monday 10th July and will be played on the King William's College main square.
Schedule of fixtures 9th July Game 1: 11 o'clock start Game 2: 4 o'clock start 10th July Game 3: 12 o'clock start
All spectators are welcome at King William's College to watch what should be an exciting series and there will be a poll to gauge the number of spectators shortly.
Austria will be travelling to the Isle of Man to prepare for their Men’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier which takes place in Scotland across nine days in July.
Success in the 2022 Isle of Man Sports Awards
The Isle of Man Sports Awards is an inspirational evening where the Islands top athletes and officials gather at the Villa Marina to celebrate the sporting achievements and success stories of the year.
Isle of Man cricket won two out of it's three nominations for 2022 with the winners -
Isle of Man Men's National Team (Team of the Year)
Greig Wright (Coach of the Year)
The Isle of Man Men's National Team had a very successful 2022 winning four out of four games in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe A Qualifiers finishing top of Group two. Topping the group with four wins from four against Cyprus, Romania, Serbia and Turkey and making it to the final was a fantastic achievement for the National Team. After a very successful qualifiers the Isle of Man moved up to 39 in the T20I team rankings. There was also a victory against the MCC in June in the MCCs annual tour of the Isle of Man. All the players represented the Isle of Man with a huge amount of skill, energy and commitment in 2022.
Greig was selected as Isle of Man coach of the year and acknowledged for his involvement in Isle of Man cricket's successes in 2022. This involved the Isle of Man U17s finishing top of Group B in the ICC U19 World Cup Europe Division 2 Qualifiers with victories against Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The Women's National Team making their international debut in the multi-nation T20I tournament in Spain with their first international victory by 10-wickets against Norway. As well as the Men's National Team finishing top of Group 2 in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe A Qualifiers.
Men's National Team Squad Announced for Spain Bi Lateral Series
The following players have been selected for the six-match T20I bi lateral series against Spain from Friday 24th of February to Sunday 26th February at the La Manga resort in Murcia. Christian Webster is selected as part of the National Team squad for the first time graduating from the Isle of Man U17 squad who played in the ICC U19 World Cup Europe Division 2 Qualifiers in Guernsey in 2022.
Bi-Lateral Series Between Spain and the Isle of Man Confirmed
The Isle of Man men’s National Team will start their 2023 calendar with a six match T20I series against Spain. The games will take place from Friday 24th of February to Sunday 26th February at the La Manga resort in Murcia.
Start times will be 10.00 am and 14.15 pm on Friday and Saturday and 09.30 am and 13.45 pm on the Sunday. It promises to be a great series with both teams ranked 36th and 39th respectively, which should offer both teams some high level contests. Greig Wright, National Team coach says ”The bilateral IT20’s with Spain in La Manga are an indication of how cricket is moving forward. Playing international matches in February wouldn’t be something we would be scheduling historically, but the opportunities to organise matches all year round and the weather in other European countries allow the players regular competitive opportunities. We have been training all year round for two years now so the players are regularly hitting balls indoors and have been looking good over the winter. After our successful efforts in the World Cup Qualifiers in Finland in July the lads are keen to get back playing and to be playing another country ranked in the 30’s is a great test and one we are relishing”. A 14-player squad will be announced shortly for the series.
Isle of Man National Team Top Group Two in 2022 World Cup Qualifiers
The Isle of Man National Team won four out of four games in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe A Qualifiers and finished top of Group two. Game 1 - Cyprus 120 all out An excellent display with the ball and in the field. Joe Burrows the pick of the bowlers with 4-16, Chris Langford 2-27 and Dollin Jansen, Kieran Cawte and Jacob Butler each picking up a wicket. IOM 122/2 with 33 balls remaining An excellent 69 not out from 45 balls for George Burrows guided the Isle of Man to victory. Well supported by Adam McAuley 28 and Carl Hartmann 13 not out. ICC Man of the Match - Joe Burrows Game 2 - IOM 165/7 An excellent power play saw Nathan Knights fall for 27 (16), getting the IOM off to a great start. This was continued in the middle overs with Carl Hartmann 23 and another half century for George Burrows falling eventually for a well made 60 from 46 balls. Eddie Beard then finished the innings brilliantly with a not out 27 in 17 balls. Serbia 97/7 The bowlers were very disciplined restricting Serbia to 97 with Matt Ansell 2/10, Chris Langford 2/18 and a wicket each for Jacob Butler, Kieran Cawte and Joe Burrows. An outstanding display in the field saw the team take a number of catches, typified by Dollin Jansen's brilliant diving catch in the deep. ICC Man of the Match - George Burrows Game 3 - Romania 120 all out An excellent display with the ball with Jacob Butler 2-19, Kieran Cawte 2-24 and a wicket each for Chris Langford, Joe Burrows and Matt Ansell. The bowlers were again well supported in the field with seven catches and three run outs with Matt Ansell two catches and two run outs. IOM 121/2 The batters were clinical with an opening partnership of 102, Nathan Knights out for a fantastic 69 from 31 balls. Adam McAuley was then out shortly afterwards for 27 and the game was finished off by George Burrows 7 not out and Carl Hartmann 12 not out. ICC Man of the Match - Nathan Knights Game 4 - IOM 171/9 Eddie Beard started the Isle of Man innings off brilliantly with 35 from 22 balls. George Burrows continued his excellent form with 54 from 35 balls batting through the middle period. A very mature innings from Dollin Jansen 33 from 30 balls and a cameo from Matt Ansell 17 from 10 balls pushed the final score onto 171. Turkey 97/8 An excellent opening burst from Chris Langford put Turkey on the back foot eventually finishing with 3-10. This was backed up by Joe Burrows 2-20 and a wicket each for Jacob Butler and Kieran Cawte with Matt Ansell very economical going for just 11 runs. ICC Man of the Match - George Burrows The Isle of Man finished top of group two after four wins from four and played Italy the winner of group one in the final. Final - IOM 101/8 Carl Hartmann 30, George Burrows 20 and Eddie Beard 19 all made useful contributions but the Italian bowlers were very disciplined in their line and lengths making it difficult for the batters to score boundaries. Italy 102/3 Joe Burrows 2-28 was the pick of the bowlers with Dollin Jansen the other wicket taker but the Italians knocked the score off in 10.5 overs. Congratulations to Josh Clough who made his T20 international debut.
Finishing top of Group 2 with four wins from four and making it to the final is a fantastic achievement for the Isle of Man National Team. All the players were excellent on and off the pitch and represented the Isle of Man with a huge amount of skill, energy and commitment. After a very successful qualifiers the Isle of Man have moved up to 39 in the T20I team rankings. Congratulations to George Burrows after making three half centuries and being the leading run scorer across both groups with 210 runs was selected as ICC player of the tournament.
Isle of Man National Team Squad - Finland 2022
The following players have been selected for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe A Qualifier in Finland from 12th to 19th July 2022.
Isle of Man Sports Awards 2022
The Isle of Man Sports Awards is an inspirational evening where the Islands top athletes and officials gather at the Villa Marina to celebrate the sporting achievements and success stories of the year. The 2021 Isle of Man Sports Awards nominee shortlist has been announced and congratulations to National Team player Carl Hartmann for his nomination for U21 Sportsman of the Year for his excellent 2021 season. The Isle of Man National Team for their nomination for Sports Team of the Year after an undefeated triangular series versus Cyprus and Estonia making a significant move up the T20 world rankings. The award ceremony is on Thursday March 31st at the Villa Marina.
Isle of Man Win T20 Triangular Series
Day one 6th October included two T20 matches with match one versus Cyprus. Cyprus won the toss and chose to bat after winning both of their matches the previous day. The Isle of Man started excellently in the field led by Joe Burrows (4-10) and ably supported by Al Stokoe (2-15), Matt Ansell (1-17) and Jacob Butler (1-19). The standard of fielding was set in the first game with a number of catches and run outs led by Carl Hartmann behind the wickets. In reply after the early loss of Nathan Knights, George Burrows and Adam McAuley put on a 45 run second wicket partnership with George eventually out for 33 from 27 balls. The game was then finished by Adam McAuley 31 not out from 28 balls and Carl Hartmann 25 not out from 15 balls the Isle of Man finishing 93 for 2 in 11.5 overs.
Game two versus Estonia in the afternoon saw Estonia win the toss and chose to bat first. Another good display in the field restricted Estonia to 118 for 7 with Conor Smith the pick of the bowlers (3-15) and well supported by Matt Ansell (2-27) and Jacob Butler (1-16). A good opening partnership of 41 in 6 overs saw Nathan Knights out first for 21 from 17 balls. George Burrows then fell quickly and Adam McAuley was then out for 31. The game was finished off by Eddie Beard 17 not out from 10 balls and Carl Hartmann an excellent 34 not out from 28 balls. An excellent first day of the series with two accomplished performances with Carl Hartmann the player of the day with mature batting and exemplary wicket keeping. Game two saw Dollin Jansen make his T20 international debut being the youngest player to play for the Isle of Man and the 9th youngest in the world.
Day two October 7th saw the Isle of Man play first against Cyprus and Matt Ansell won the toss and chose to field first. Cyprus approached the power play with positive stroke play but Jacob Butler (2-21) restricted the Cyprus scoring rate in the middle overs and Matt Ansell (2-16) and Chris Langford (1-22) bowled excellently at the death to restrict Cyprus to 149 for 7. In response an explosive opening partnership saw the Isle of Man 55 for one in 5.2 overs for the first loss of Nathan Knights 33 from 17 deliveries. A second wicket partnership between George Burrows (26) saw Adam McAuley out second for a well made 45 from 32 balls and the Isle of Man 107 for 2 in 11.4 overs. A few wickets were lost in the middle overs but the cool head of Chris Langford and Eddie Beard (14 not out) saw Eddie hit a four to win the game in 19.3 overs and the Isle of Man finish on 151-7.
Day three October 8th saw the Isle of Man play Estonia in the afternoon and Matt Ansell won the toss and chose to field. A clinical performance in the field saw Estonia bowled out for 71 with Jacob Butler the pick of the bowlers with 4-12 and Matt Ansell (2-9), Chris Langford (1-8), Joe Burrows (1-11) and Al Stokoe (1-14). In response the Isle of Man finished 72 for 2 with Adam McAuley 12, Nathan Knights 18 from 8 balls and finished off by George Burrows 19 not out and Carl Hartmann 16 not out from 9 balls finishing the game off in style with a six.
The Isle of Man finished top of the triangular series with four wins from four and Carl Hartmann picked up fielder of the series and Adam McAuley batter of the series. The four wins means the Isle of Man has moved up 16 places in the T20 world rankings to 54th in the world. Thanks to Chris Langford for the action shots.
Isle of Man Compete in a T20i Series in Cyprus
The Isle of Man National Team will be competing in a T20i Tri Series with Cyprus and Estonia from the 6th to 8th October. The schedule of fixtures at Episkopi, Happy Valley Cricket Ground is as follows: 6th October 10am - Isle of Man v Cyprus 2pm - Isle of Man v Estonia 7th October 10am - Isle of Man v Cyprus 2pm - Estonia v Cyprus 8th October 10am - Estonia v Cyprus 2pm - Estonia v Isle of Man A squad of 15 will be travelling to Cyprus: Matt Ansell (Captain) Eddie Beard George Burrows Joe Burrows Jacob Butler Fraser Clarke Josh Clough Carl Hartmann (wk) Dollin Jansen Nathan Knights Chris Langford Adam McAuley Conor Smith Al Stokoe Ed Walker
MCC Return to the Isle of Man 2021
After a break in 2019 and 2020 due to Covid-19 the MCC returned to the Isle of Man to play a series of games including a National Team XI on Thursday 9th September. The two scheduled T20 fixtures were restricted to one T20 due to the weather. The MCC batted first at Tromode Road and in a very disciplined bowling display the Isle of Man bowlers restricted the MCC to 119 for 5 in damp conditions with Chris Langford the pick of the bowlers with 2-20.
In return the Isle of Man got of to a good start with Nathan Knights first out for 31 off 17 balls in a 46 first wicket partnership with Adam McAuley. Carl Hartmann (21) held the middle of the innings together with the score eventually knocked off by Matt Ansell and Chris Langford in 18 overs. An important outing for the players before their T20 internationals in Cyprus in early October.
National Team Annual Fitness Testing 2020
The National Team completed their annual fitness testing on Saturday October 24th at the National Sports Centre. The fitness tests include the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery test, Plank test and Press Up test. These tests have been identified as assessing essential fitness components within cricket - stamina, speed, core strength, muscular endurance and upper body strength. Squad training is broken into quarters of the calendar year and every 12 weeks there will be fitness testing and evaluation of commitment. With the squad training all year round in preparation for World Cup qualifiers and T20 Internationals fitness levels are now more important than ever. The National Team expected standards are on the Fitness for Cricket page.
The National Team fitness results have shown significant improvements with the inception of regular squad strength and conditioning training and this years fitness results were very promising. This is testament to the hard work of the players and Nathan Knights the S&C coach.
IOMCA National Squad for T20 International vs Guernsey 2020
The National team squad for the T20 International on Friday 21st August at College Fields 16:00 start will be:
Matt Ansell (Captain) Adam McAuley Nathan Knights Ollie Webster George Burrows Carl Hartmann (WK) Chris Langford Joe Burrows Sam Mills Corbin Liebenberg Jacob Butler Ed Walker Fraser Clarke
The National Team will play a three-match T20 series on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd with the Friday T20 being an international ranking match streamed live,
National Team Video 2020
The National Team training group wanted to show everyone what they have been up to since squad training finished due to Covid-19. Hopefully everyone will be back playing soon!
National Squad Fitness Testing 2019
In preparation for World Cup qualifiers in 2020 the National Team took part in a series of fitness tests on October 5th 2019 including the Yo Yo Intermittent Recovery Test, countermovement jump, press up and plank test. The expected standards for these tests are on the fitness for cricket page of the website.
Isle of Man National Team Squad Holland 2018
Adam McAuley, Corbin Liebenberg, Nick White, Joe Burrows, Chris Langford, Nathan Knights, Sam Mills, Eddie Beard Charlie Beard, Ollie Webster, George Burrows, Matt Ansell (Capt), Danny Kniveton, Kieran Cawte
Isle of Man National Team Squad Sweden 2016
The Isle of Man National team currently compete in ICC Europe Division 2. These competitions are run bi-annually and played in T20 formats. Selection for the team is made 6 weeks before the tournament and is based on performances in Super 2's matches and club cricket. The 2016 squad for the competition based in Sweden is: P Littlejohn - Captain (Peel & St Johns) A McAuley (Cronkbourne) O Webster (Peel & St Johns) D Kniveton (Crosby) C Hawke (Peel & St Johns) A Killey (Cronkbourne) D Hawke (Peel & St Johns) N White (Peel & St Johns) M Ansell (Cronkbourne) S Mills (Cronkbourne) K Cawte (Peel & St Johns) G Burrows (Finch Hill) A Van Den Berg (Peel & St Johns) N Knights (Cronkbourne)
Reserves: D Laughlin (Castletown) R Windell (Crosby)