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Farmers and Caesareans to merge

Farmers Cricket Club
The Farmers cricket ground could host league cricket from next season

Jersey's Farmers Cricket Club is set to merge with Caesareans in time for the start of the inaugural Channel Islands Cricket League next summer.

Farmers, who were set up by Jimmy Perchard in 2004, have been playing touring sides and social matches for the past few years.

Caesareans were bottom of the Jersey Cricket's Premier League in 2008.

Farmers have already approved a merger and Caesareans expect their members to do the same at a meeting on Thursday.

"We think it's going to be a formality with the merger," said Caesareans stalwart Dave Gorman.

"But clearly we have to rely on our members to vote in the way we think they will. But it will be a very positive thing for Farmers CC, Caesareans CC and cricket in Jersey," Gorman added on BBC Radio Jersey.

We are hoping to attract one or two new players to come into the club

Dave Gorman

"Farmers and Caesareans' players will have, for the first time, the ability to play on a wonderful ground that Jimmy Perchard and the members have developed in the last few years.

"And it'll be good for Jersey as other clubs will be able to play there throughout the season."

The Farmers ground was opened in May 2005 when the Jersey Island Cricket Club played a Farmers side led out by former England skipper Mike Gatting.

Since then the club has gained a reputation as a "traditional" village team in Jersey.

"The atmosphere is different," Gorman said. "It's more of a family and social atmospheres unique in Jersey.

"Most other sides have lost that atmosphere, as they play on recreational grounds and that don't belong to club members."

And Gorman says he is hoping that the new Farmers/Caesareans CC side will prove to be stronger than the current Caesareans have been in the past few years.

"We are hoping to attract one or two new players to come into the club. Hopefully they will make all the difference and give everyone the zest of enthusiasm to really compete aggressively in the league," he said.

Caesareans meet on Thursday, 4 December to make the decision.

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