Pride, Red Force fireworks to set tone for Regional Super 50

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – A clash between reigning champions Barbados Pride and perennial rivals Trinidad and Tobago Red Force will raise the curtain on this year’s Regional Super50 late this month.The match, a day/nighter at Kensington Oval on January 30, will be the feature in a Group A doubleheader that will also see Windward Islands Volcanoes and Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners battle at 3W’s Oval in a 9 am encounter.Ten teams have been divided into two groups for the January 30 to February 24 tournament, Group B of which will be contested in Antigua with the night games set for the Coolidge Cricket Ground.Day matches, meanwhile, will be played at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in North Sound.Pride and Red Force, along with Marooners, Volcanoes and English County Hampshire comprise Group A while last season’s losing finalists Jamaica Scorpions together with Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Guyana Jaguars, United States and Kent will do battle in Group B.Hampshire’s Director of Cricket, Giles White, said the tournament presented a chance for the club’s younger players to get valuable experience.“We’re delighted to be involved in the upcoming Super50 competition – it’s a slightly different look to our pre-season but one that we are very happy with and we’re looking forward to be heading back to Barbados once again,” White said.We’re got a strong history with West Indies Cricket and Barbados itself and what excites me about this particular trip is, the experience our young players have gained at similar tournaments previously has allowed them to show what they’re able to do at that level, and I think they’ve got an awful lot out of it previously.”He continued: “I’d see this as an opportunity for a lot of the younger players to put their hand up and say they’re ready to play.“It’ll also be a great period of cricket in February where otherwise we’d be indoors in England so it’s a real positive and certainly a useful development tool for some of our younger players.”Each team will play each other twice in the respective group, with the top two qualifying for the semi-finals, also to be staged under the lights at the CCG.Two matches will be played every other day at match venues in the two host territories.last_img