England bowlers out for revenge against Jersey

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Carol Ashby, a leading player who makes a point of tweaking the image of the sport, will lead England’s bid, but the six-strong side under team manager Edna Bessell is a blend of youth and experience.

Ashby, who sports tattoos and wears body jewellery, is joined by the vastly experienced Jayne Roylance and former WIBC world indoor singles champion Sandy Hazell.

The remaining three players – Michelle Barlow, Kerry Stanley and Lucy Beere – are members of the younger brigade, and will be hoping to stake their claims for places in the senior England side.

Barlow and Stanley have already made their international debuts, but Beere’s experience so far is restricted to junior level.

The Test match will get under way on Saturday morning, with a session of three pairs matches, followed after lunch by two triples encounters.

Sunday starts with another triples session, followed by six singles matches that will probably decide the fate of the coveted Trophy.

Jersey, who won the trophy at home two years ago, are managed by Mavis Le Marquand.

Three of the side were involved in that victory, former World U25 champion Lindsey Greechan and Commonwealth Games bowlers Chris Grimes and Gaynor Thomas.

They are joined by Carol Allen, who played in the Test against Wales last year, Helen Greechan, who has Rossborough experience and new cap Rachel MacDonald.

They line-up as follows: Pairs – L Greechan and R MacDonald, H Greechan and C Grimes, C Allen and Gaynor Thomas.

Triples: L Greechan, C Grimes and R MacDonald; H Greechan, C Allen and G Thomas.

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