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'Getting to World Cup is the goal' - Jersey's ambitious aims for women's cricket

Lee Meloy and Chloe Greechan have both been appointed to new roles. Credit: Jersey Cricket Board/Martin Gray

The new head coach of Jersey's women's cricket team says there is no reason his side could not emulate the island's men in the future by pushing for a place at a global tournament.

Lee Meloy, who has worked with Jersey's men for more than a decade, has been tasked with establishing a 'high-performance environment' for women's cricket locally.

He will work alongside island player Chloe Greechan, who has been named as the JCB's new female performance and development officer.

It’s a big step for the women’s game to once again have a female coach working full time at Jersey Cricket. I know first-hand how important role models are for getting young players into the game and I hope that I can be that role model moving forward. I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead seeing just how big an impact we can make on women’s sport, not just cricket, in Jersey. Growing the grass roots initiatives at the base of the pathway is a priority.

– Chloe Greechan, Jersey Cricket's new female development officer

The two new appointments come off the back of an encouraging 12 months for Jersey's women's squad, who won four out of six games at an ICC tournament in Nantes last summer.

Jersey's women are currently ranked 37 in the world in T20 international cricket, having played just seven officially recognised matches.

It is hoped they could one day follow in the footsteps of the island's men, who reached the T20 World Cup Qualifier for a second time last year, upsetting the odds with some shock wins in the UAE.

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