Guernsey vice-captain Tim Ravenscroft out of ICC Euro squad

Guernsey vice-captain Tim Ravenscroft has withdrawn from the island squad for next month's European Twenty20 Division One Championships in Sussex.

The 21-year-old all-rounder, a former Hampshire academy player, has asked to miss the event for personal reasons.

Guernsey have yet to announce who will replace him in the squad, having only named the final 14-man group on Monday.

The island, who came fourth two years ago, will face Austria, Gibraltar, Italy, Norway and Sweden in Group A.

"The squad management focus will continue to be on the team, whilst acknowledging that Tim will be missed from this unit," Guernsey Cricket Board chief executive Mark Latter said in a statement.

"The travelling party contains an exciting blend of youth and experience and it will be interesting to see them in competitive action after all the hard work of the pre-season.

"A replacement will be announced after consultation with ICC and the Event Technical Committee."

Experienced all-rounders Stuart Bisson and Ollie Newey did not make the cut from the initial 19-man squad, but one of them could now be in line for a recall.

Meanwhile, Guernsey have included half a dozen youngsters who could make their ICC tournament debuts in Matthew Stokes, Matthew Breban, Max Ellis, Zak Damerell , Lucas Barker, Jordon Martel.

"We have got six new guys in that squad and we have got some young guys who haven't played in these competitions before," director of cricket Nic Pothas told BBC Guernsey.

"Sometimes it's nice to have them because they haven't been scarred by past tournaments, but we've [also] got some really experienced guys who've been to a lot of tournaments.

"The squad are all great mates and the spirit amongst them is brilliant, and I think that's the key to any competition, having a strong squad that really gets on well."