The Biggest Party in Sport is about to become even more fun for young fans and families as the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) launches “Dizzy Cricket”, a new cricket challenge that will take place at selected CPL matches in the Caribbean and USA this summer from 29 June to 7 August.
At these fixtures, three young fans (who must be under the age of 16) wearing their team’s colours will be chosen from the crowd to take part in the CPL “Dizzy Cricket” Challenge during the innings break.
The competitors will need to spin around a cricket bat 10 times before attempting to strike a cricket ball from a tee while in a state of unsteadiness. In each CPL host country, the person who achieves the longest distance in the challenge will win a trip for two (which must include either a parent/guardian) to the CPL Finals.
Jamaica Tallawahs opener Chadwick Walton and some of his local club team-mates were on hand to help demonstrate how the challenge works, with the normally prolific Walton failing to strike the ball on three attempts! Fans can check out the video of Chadwick and his friends attempting “Dizzy Cricket” HERE.
Commenting at the launch of the CPL “Dizzy Cricket” Challenge, James Wynne, Head of Marketing at CPL, said: “We are always looking for ways we can make the CPL experience even more fun and engaging for fans and families and this is just one of a number of initiatives we’ll be rolling out to enhance the spectator experience at CPL games.
“We have the best T20 cricketers in the world performing in the fourth staging of CPL, which will no doubt be an inspiration to the next generation of cricketers. While the star players will bring the inspiration, CPL wants to make sure we bring the fun!”
More information on fan promotions, ticket information and fixtures can be found at www.cplt20.com.
THE quarter-finals of the 40-Overs competition of the Central Zone of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board will be staged on Thursday, May 26 (Corpus Christi Holiday).
Qualifying for the last eight knockout stage are the winners and runners-up in the four contested groups.
Heading the list of teams bidding for semi-final spots are Caroni Conquerors, Spoilers, Exchange Village and Balmain. The other quartet seeking to turn the tables are Lange Park, Supersonics, Brickfield and Balmain United.
1st Caroni Conquerors
2nd Lange Park
Quarter Final Matches
Thursday May 26, 2016
1.Winner “C” vs Runner Up “D”
Exchange vs Balmain
2. Winner “D” vs Runner Up “C”
BFL vs Brickfield
3. Winner “A” vs Runner Up “B”
Caroni vs Supersonics
4. Winner “B’’ vs Runner Up “A”
Spoilers vs Lange Park
First-named teams will host the match-ups.
South Africa star batsman Faf du Plessis is relishing the opportunity to play in the West Indies this summer and believes that the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) can open up a new and exciting chapter in his career when he leads the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots this summer.
Pretoria born du Plessis, 31, will feature in the Proteas squad for their forthcoming tour of the Caribbean and will then captain the Patriots in the fourth edition of the CPL, which is scheduled to take place between 29 June – 7 August.
Speaking exclusively to www.cplt20.com, du Plessis said that he was excited by the chance to play in the Caribbean for the first time in his career.
“When you look at the amount of international Test, ODI and T20 cricket that’s being played around the world, it’s funny to think that this will be the first time that I will get to play in the West Indies. I’ve been fortunate to play for my country for the last five years, but for whatever reason it hasn’t come to pass. I guess you could say that it has been a long time coming, but I’m really excited to finally be playing in the Caribbean.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things about the CPL. Off the field, the Caribbean people are great fans and provide an incredible atmosphere, which I have yet to fully experience. And this year, on it, I think the competition is going to grow from strength to strength with a really high calibre of players across each of the six teams. It will undoubtedly be a step into the unknown because I’m not familiar with the conditions, but that’s the kind of challenge you live for as a cricketer.
“After my (finger) injury I’m feeling fresh and ready to get out there and try and be a positive influence for the Proteas and then the Patriots. I just can’t wait to get started!”
Growing up, du Plessis was a huge fan of West Indies cricket and remembers a chance encounter with a legend which helped shape his focus for a career in cricket.
“Back in 2003 I was invited down to the nets to help out bowling to the West Indies players who were preparing for the Cricket World Cup. When I look back that was an amazing experience. I remember watching Brian Lara and just being amazed how a player I had idolised on television was taking guard against me. It was such a thrill and ever since then I’ve always been interested in playing in the Caribbean. It has taken a while, but I’m glad to finally be close to getting there.”
Having previously featured in other T20 franchise tournaments across the world including the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Big Bash, du Plessis, who enjoys a career T20 career average of 37.68 in 35 games to date at an impressive strike rate of 132.64, is excited to now get the chance to sample the unique challenges of CPL.
“Any tournament who can attract top class ‘marquee’ players is obviously one that’s on the rise, and when you look across all six CPL squads, there’s a heck of a lot of talent there”, he said.
“South African players play the game hard. We chase balls to the wall and we run our hearts out. It’s what our fans expect and we don’t know any different. Australians and New Zealanders are the same. The West Indies culture is different but no less passionate, I’m sure, and it’s one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to come and play here. I’ve had a small taste of the Big Bash, and this is the next chapter in my career.
“What impresses me the most, though, is the depth of talent outside of the international players. With the local West Indies players such as Lendl Simmons and Samuel Badree, coupled with emerging Under-19 talent such as the Patriots’ own Alzarri Joseph, there’s a strong crop there and it’s obvious that the system of developing players is working.
“I have played with Badree at Chennai Super Kings and to see him progress to become the number one T20 bowler in the world has been incredible. I’m also looking forward to playing with Brad Hodge, who has a lot of experience in T20 cricket, while Thisara Perera is a hugely experienced and exciting talent from Sri Lanka.
“Playing in CPL will personally help me develop my captaincy by learning off others and I know I’ll be coming in cold to an extent. But hopefully the players will understand my style of play and we can try and grow together quickly.
“It’s always exciting to get to know new players. And, as captain, I know that I’ll have to hit the ground running. On paper we’re a strong squad, but names written on paper mean nothing. We want to first and foremost become a consistent team who are building over the next two years to be a real force for the future. And on the outset of this year’s CPL, I’m very happy where we are.”
St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots Home Fixtures (all times local): 30 June – Guyana Amazon Warriors (8pm), 2 July – Jamaica Tallawahs (12 Midday), 3 July – Zouks (4pm), 5 July - Barbados Tridents (7pm).
St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots Squad: Lendl Simmons, Faf du Plessis, Samuel Badree, Brad Hodge, Thisara Perera, Jonathan Carter, Krishmar Santokie, Evin Lewis, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kieran Powell, JJ Smuts, Devon Thomas, Shamarh Brooks, Tino Best, Jeremiah Louis, Alzarri Joseph, Nikhil Dutta.
*Tickets for all St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots home fixtures in the Caribbean and Fort Lauderdale are on sale now from www.cplt20.com.
Primary schools athletes from all over the country will converge on the Hasely Crawford Stadium tomorrow Wednesday May 18 starting 8:30 am for the Atlantic National Primary Schools Track and Field Championships.
The future of local athletics on display, with teams from three hundred (300) schools vying for top prizes.
This is the sixth year of Atlantic’s sponsorship of this event, which is being organized by our partners the National Primary Schools Track and Field Association. The event is endorsed by the Ministry of Education.
SOUTH-EAST Zone is rounding off its 2016 season with two important fixtures, one of which will the crowning of their 20/20 champions.
The proposed date for the anxiously-awaited championship match between Kildeer and Biche has been tentatively slated for Saturday, June 4 from 6.30 pm at Sancho Recreation Ground, St Julien Village in Princes Town.
And according to South-East Zone official Ian Lalla, the third place play-off between Christian Conquerors and Blended will be staged, prior to the final, from 2 pm on the same ground.
Also it was announced by the zone that this weekend’s three-day league encounter between Christian Conquerors and Sancho will now be played at Sancho Recreation Ground and not Warwell as previously advertised.
This clash will start on Sunday (May 22).
PROPOSED DATES FOR 20/20 FINAL
DATE- SATURDAY, JUNE 2016
VENUE - SANCHO REC. GD.
CHRISTIAN CONQ. VS BLENDED
KILDEER BICHE (FINAL)
SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016
CHRISTIAN CONQ. VS SANCHO AT SANCHO REC. GD., NOT WARWELL