St John’s, ANTIGUA – The Super50 Cup bowls off next Wednesday, October 3 in Trinidad with defending champions, the Windward Volcanoes, taking on the Trinidad Red Force at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Just over two weeks since the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Final, the Super50 Cup now occupies an October (November from 2019 onwards) window to allow continuity of white-ball cricket as the WINDIES builds toward the 2019 ICC World Cup. 42 matches will be played before the Final on Sunday, October 28 at the Kensington Oval, Barbados as the tournament hosts the region’s biggest cricket rivalries over an action-packed 26 days.
The six Franchises will once again be joined by the Combined Campuses and College (CCC) Marooners and the USA, with Canada and WINDIES B completing the ten teams. Matches will be played in Trinidad and Barbados, with the Brian Lara Academy, Queen’s Park Oval, Kensington Oval, 3Ws and Windward the confirmed venues.
With the WINDIES now qualified for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, the region’s best 50-over players, that aren’t touring India with the Test team will be looking to impress the selectors and force their way into the WINDIES ODI squad.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) CEO, Johnny Grave said: “We are really looking forward to this year’s Super50 Cup and are delighted that both Canada and the USA are able to participate for the first time. Over the past year we have invested heavily on providing additional opportunities for our best young cricketers, through an expanded A team programme, and the WINDIES B development team that played in Cricket Canada’s Global T20 and Summerfest tournaments, and it’s great that the WINDIES B team get another opportunity to play competitive cricket.”
LIVE TV AND STREAMING
ESPN Caribbean is once again partnering with CWI to show 13 matches live matches from Kensington Oval, with all other matches streamed live on the WINDIES Cricket YouTube channel and the redesigned www.windiescricket.com.
According to Commercial Director, Dominic Warne, the new 4-year ESPN Caribbean deal is “fundamental to showcasing our premier 50-over competition to as many people as possible in the region and throughout the world.” Warne added, “we’re highlighting the big regional rivalries with all matches streamed live and a record number of live high definition day/night match-ups on ESPN Caribbean. We are continuing on our promise to make it easier for fans to watch the Super50 at the ground, on the TV or online.”
Tickets are on sale with affordable early-bird offers from just BDS$10 or TT$35 available online through the “Buy Tickets” button on the new Windiescricket.com website. Ticket booths at Kensington Oval, Queens Park Oval, and Brian Lara Cricket Academy will be open from week starting October 1.
Patrons over 60 with IDs will be free as do children under12 when they attend with a paying adult. For matches played at the 3Ws ground and Windwards in Zone B (Barbados), fans can watch for free.