Jersey go Down Under for new cricket coach

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FORMER Australia under-19 captain Craig Hogan is to coach Jersey’s cricketers for the next two summers.

The Jersey Cricket Board named their new man today ending the long search for a replacement following the resignation in Tanzania last October of former South African Test player Peter Kirsten. Hogan is a qualified teacher and he played for Australia and New South Wales at youth level together with representing NSW’s 2nd XI and NSW Country and he played first grade cricket in Sydney.

More recently the 48-year-old has been head coach at East Albury Cricket Club, since 2002, a club Jersey cricketer and coach Peter Gough played for last winter. Hogan, who is hoping to arrive in the Island this weekend, said: ‘It’s fantastic; I’m very excited about the position and I can’t wait to get to Jersey to start working with the players.

‘I know about your Island because former Jersey captain Matt Hague and I played in the same team in Australia and last winter Peter Gough was here at East Albury where I coach. I’ve been waiting for a work visa for about month and now it’s through I’m delighted.

Pictured: Former Jersey captain Matt Hague, who has played alongside the Island’s new coach Craig Hogan

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