FORMER Hampshire wicket-keeper Nic Pothas has been unveiled as Guernsey’s first ever full time Director of Cricket.

He will take over his role next month after beating off competition from over 30 other applicants.

Pothas, who was released by Hampshire in 2011, said: “I am looking forward to the opportunity of joining such an ambitious organisation and to using my experience, knowledge and energy to take Guernsey Cricket through the next phase of their development.

“Being involved in the Guernsey Premier League allowed me to meet some fantastic people with infectious love for Guernsey Cricket and the island.

“I cannot wait to become a part of that too.”

Pothas, 39, is no stranger to Guernsey cricket having played in the 2012 t20 competition staged on the Island.

He played in the same Cenkos Centurions side as another former Hampshire player, batsman Tim Ravenscroft.

Another team, Mourant Ozannes, were captained by one-time Hampshire man Lee Savident, and among Savident’s team-mates was Luke Le Tissier – nephew of Saints legend Matt.

Pothas’ last taste of competitive cricket came in September of this year when he captained Greece in the European Championship t20 tournament staged in Corfu.

Pothas finished eighth highest runscorer in the event with 195, with a top score of 68, as Greece finished fifth overall.