By: T. Chapman
St. KItts will be hosting Zone ‘A’ group stage matches for this year’s edition of the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup.
Two zones of five teams will compete in St. Kitts and Trinidad respectively, contesting a total of 40 action-packed, group stage matches.
The region’s 50 overs-a-side competition commences on Wednesday 6 November, a few weeks after CPL.
According to CWI Director Jimmy Adams:
With the new World Cup cycle beginning now, this tournament, among other things, presents a starting point towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023,” said CWI director of cricket, Jimmy Adams. “It will allow us to start identifying players who will go on to play a role in our qualification. Though some of our international players will be touring India with the West Indies during the competition, it allows more opportunities and exposure for our young players.
Zone “A” matches begin on the opening day of the competition and will take place every day either at Warner Park or Conaree Sports Complex in St. Kitts while Zone “B” matches start the following day, Thursday, November 7.
Zone B matches will be played at the Queen’s Park Oval and the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.
Every team will play their zonal opponents twice before the top two in each group progress to the semi-finals and a chance to play in the Final under the lights at Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday, December 1.
The Leeward Islands Hurricanes will face off against reigning champions, Combined Campuses & College Marooners on opening day in Group “A” at Warner Park.
The other teams in the group are: Jamaica Scorpions, Barbados Pride and Canada will be the other teams in Group “A”.
Group “B” matches begins on the following day. Guyana Jaguars, last year’s beaten finalists will be playing the West Indies Emerging Players in a day game at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy and hosts Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, semi-finalist last year, meet Windward Islands Volcanoes in a day/night contest at the Queen’s Park Oval.
The United States, the other side that will be contesting this group, have drawn a bye on the opening day.