Saturday, December 16, 2017

Just three home games for Red Steel

Fans of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel will only see their team play three matches at their Queen’s Park Oval base when the second edition of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League gets going on July 11.

According to the fixtures released yesterday, the Red Steel, losing semi-finalists in the first season of the tournament in 2013, will only have home games against defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs, the St Lucia Zouks and the Barbados Tridents, but will be on the road for their remaining five games, including their opening fixture against the Tridents on July 12. 

That match will be played at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada which will be host to the opening weekend of the tournament. The series will be opened the day before the Red Steel v Tridents clash by Guyana Amazon Warriors and Antigua Hawksbills. The third match of the weekend will feature the Tallawahs against the Zouks on Sunday July 13. While no new teams have been added to the CPL for season two, two additional venues--the stadium in Grenada and Warner Park in St Kitts will host matches. 

The Red Steel will play at both these venues, Dwayne Bravo’s side going to Warner Park towards the end of the tournament in August to play the Tridents a second time, meaning neither side will play each other at home. The Red Steel will also play the Antigua Hawksbills in St Kitts. In addition, the T&T franchise will also play the Hawksbills in Antigua and the Zouks in St Lucia.

As was the case last season, all CPL teams will not play each other twice. The Red Steel are only scheduled to play the Tallawahs once.

Warner Park will stage the semi-finals and final of the CPL from August 13-16. A reserve day for the final is scheduled if necessary for August 17. 

Following are the T&T Red Steel’s CPL fixtures:

July 13 - T&T Red Steel vs Barbados Tridents, National Cricket Stadium, Grenada

July 17 - Guyana Amazon Warriors vs T&T Red Steel, Providence Stadium, Guyana

July 20 - Antigua Hawksbills vs T&T Red Steel, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua

July 24 - T&T Red Steel vs Guyana Amazon Warriors, Queen’s Park Oval

July 26 - T&T Red Steel vs Jamaica Tallawahs, Queen’s Park Oval

July 27 - T&T Red Steel vs St Lucia Zouks, Queen’s Park Oval

August 2 - St Lucia Zouks vs T&T Red Steel, Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia

August 7 - T&T Red Steel vs Barbados Tridents, Warner Park, St Kitts

August 9 - Antigua Hawksbills vs T&T Red Steel, Warner Park, St Kitts