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Inter-Insular cricket

Inter-Insular cricket refers to cricket contests between representative teams of Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands. An inter-insular match has been played annually between the two sides since 1950 and often attracts crowds above 1,000.[1] It is often referred as ‘reds vs greens’ contest.[2] The format has varied over the years but has been played as a 50-over contest in recent times and a Women’s Inter-Insular match was first played in 2009.[2] In 2018, the format switched to a series of Twenty20 matches, although the traditional 50-over match returned from 2019 in addition to the Twenty20 series.[3][4] The Twenty20 matches have had men's Twenty20 International (T20I) status since 2019, as the International Cricket Council granted T20I status to all of its members from the start of the year. On 31 May 2019, there was also a one-off women's Twenty20 International fixture between the two women's teams.[5] It was the first T20I match for both the teams.[6]


Guernsey and Jersey had played inter-insular games between clubs in the 1930s. After the war, there had been two annual games which appeared to be made up of players from different clubs to make an island team. In 1949 the press reported that GICC (Guernsey Island Cricket Club) would meet JICC (Jersey Island Cricket Club). It would appear that the games were played all day, irrespective that the second team had passed the score of the first. In 1950, GICC scoring 129, followed by JICC achieving 196 for 4.[1]

In 1951 the media began calling the teams Guernsey and Jersey rather than GICC and JICC. The Elizabeth College magazine for 1951 reported V G Collenette as the captain of the first Guernsey v Jersey match in 1950.[1][7] The 1952 match did not take place as Jersey did not turn up in Guernsey, having "forgotten to select a team", according to the Guernsey Press reporter.[8] The same problem occurred in 1956.[9] Caps for the inter island match were first awarded by GCA (Guernsey Cricket Association) in 1960, but backdated to 1957. GCA claimed the first match was in 1957.[1]

Jersey claimed an outright win in 1960, followed by three successive wins for Guernsey. Several draws took place in the 1960s and 70s, leading to the match being switched to a pure limited overs format rather than a timed game. Between 1992 and 2001, Jersey won ten matches in a row.

In 2018, the format switched to a series of Twenty20 matches, but the traditional 50-over match returned from 2019 in addition to the Twenty20 series.[3][4]

There were no inter-insular matches in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[10]

Men's One-Day results (Inter-Insular Trophy)

Matches summary (as of 2023)

Total Guernsey wins Jersey wins Draws
69 21 34 14

Source: Guernsey Cricket[18]

Men's Twenty20 International series results (Inter-Insular Cup)

Year Venue(s) Winner Won by
2018 Jersey Farmers  Jersey[19] 3–0
2019 Guernsey College Field and KGV  Jersey[20] 3–0
2022 Guernsey College Field and KGV  Jersey[21] 3–0
2023 Jersey Farmers  Jersey[22] 2–0

Series summary

Total Guernsey wins Jersey wins Draws
4 0 4 0

Matches summary

Total Guernsey wins Jersey wins Tie(s)
11 0 10 1*

Source: Guernsey Cricket[23] *Jersey won a Super over following the tied match.

Women's Twenty20 International series results

Year Venue(s) Winner Won by
2019 Guernsey College Field  Guernsey[24] 1–0
2022 Jersey Grainville  Jersey[25] 3–0
2023 Guernsey KGV  Jersey[26] 3–0

Series summary

Total Guernsey wins Jersey wins Draws
3 1 2 0

Matches summary

Total Guernsey wins Jersey wins Tie(s)
7 1 6 0


  • Haig Scotch Whisky Trophy (1978 to 1988)
  • Carlsberg Lager Trophy (1989 to 1993)
  • Tetley Bitter Challenge (1994 to 1997)
  • Flemings Trophy (1998 to 2000)
  • Cherry Godfrey Challenge (2003 to 2005)
  • HSBC Trophy (2007 to 2009)
  • Marlborough Trophy (2010 to 2013)
  • NatWest Trophy (2014)
  • Odey Wealth Challenge Trophy (2015)
  • InfrasoftTech (2018–)

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "When did the Guernsey v Jersey Senior Inter-Insular Cricket Series really start?". Guernsey Cricket Stats.
  2. ^ a b "Inter-Insular matches to return in the summer". Emerging Cricket. Archived from the original on 9 July 2021. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Jersey and Guernsey Inter-Insular Trophy switched to T20 format". BBC Sport. 20 March 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b "InfrasoftTech announce continued support for T20 Inter-Insular Cup". Guernsey Cricket. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  5. ^ @guernseycricket (27 May 2019). "T20I Series this weekend to include the T20I match at 1200 on Friday 31st at College Field between the Guernsey and Jersey Women- Men's first match follows at 1600" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "France taste glory in historic quadrangular series". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Inter Insular #1 1950".
  8. ^ "Inter Insular 1952".
  9. ^ "Inter Insular 1956".
  10. ^ "Cricket inter-insular put on hold for now". Guernsey Press. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  11. ^ "Inter-insular 2014: Jersey make it a hat-trick of wins". BBC Sport.
  12. ^ "Inter-insular 2015: Guernsey beat Jersey by five wickets". BBC Sport.
  13. ^ "'We let them in massively' says Guernsey skipper Nussbaumer". Guernsey Press. 22 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Jersey edge past Guernsey to retain inter-insular title". BBC Sport. 27 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Jersey retain Inter Insular Trophy with five-wicket win at KGV". ITV News. 31 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Jersey beat Guernsey in tight cricket inter-insular". ITV News. 5 September 2022.
  17. ^ "Centurion Jenner steals the show in Jersey victory". Guernsey Press. Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  18. ^ "Results and Captains : Sheet1". Guernsey Cricket. Retrieved 2 September 2023.
  19. ^ "Jersey whitewash Guernsey in first ever T20 Inter-Insular series". ITV News. 20 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Jersey's cricketers retain T20I Inter Insular Cup with clean sweep over Guernsey". ITV News. 3 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Jersey sweep inter-insular T20I series". Cricket Europe. Archived from the original on 21 May 2022. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  22. ^ "Jersey claim inter-insular series victory over Guernsey". Jersey Evening Post. 8 July 2023. Retrieved 8 July 2023.
  23. ^ "Inter Insular Cup (T20)". Guernsey Cricket. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  24. ^ @GsyPressSport (31 May 2019). "The Guernsey Women's Cricket team have beaten their Jersey counterparts by seven wickets chasing 114 at the College Field in the first official T20 International Inter-Insular match. Philippa Stahelin scored an unbeaten 56 for the victors" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  25. ^ "A home hat-trick". Jersey Evening Post. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  26. ^ "Jersey hit T20 hat-trick". Jersey Evening Post. Retrieved 26 June 2023.
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