The second edition of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Twenty20 knockout tournament bowls off next Friday with $25,000 up for grabs.
First Citizens Clarke Road United will open the tournament on January 10 against Defence Force from 2.30 p.m. at Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Cricket Ground at UWI SPEC in St Augustine, before the feature match between the losing finalists in the inaugural tournament, Merry Boys, and SIS Central Sports at 6.30 p.m.
The two-week competition will feature 16 top teams from around the country, including the defending Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board Premiership T20 champions PowerGen Penal Sports Club, who will have T&T’s Champions League T20 players Evin Lewis, Sherwin Ganga, Samuel Badree and Jason Mohammed in their ranks.
There will also be cash prizes for the top eight teams, with the runners up getting $12,000, the losing semi-finalists taking home $4,000 each and the losing quarter-finalists pocketing $1,000.
Defending champions Esmeralda Sports will be returning to for their title defence, while Queen’s Park Cricket Club, Central Sports and Tobago’s Club Crusoe will also be taking part alongside the UWI Cricket Club and University of T&T cricket team.
Esmeralda open their title defence against Club Crusoe next Saturday at 2.30 a.m., while the Parkites will take the spotlight in the feature match at 6.30 p.m. against UTT.
The UWI Cricket Club, who welcomed a new coach for the 2014 season in former West Indies batsman Larry Gomes, will open their campaign against Caldrac Club at 2.30 p.m. next Sunday. And PowerGen face Jenexcon Tableland Sports in the final preliminary round match from 6.30 p.m. on the same day.
The quarter-finals will take place as double headers on January 18 and 19 while the semi-finals are scheduled for January 22 and 23 with one match per day. The final takes place under light on January 25.
Tickets cost $30 for the general public for preliminary matches and quarter-finals and $20 for UWI and UTT students with Student IDs.
The entrance fee for the semis and final will be $40 for the general public and $30 of UWI and UTT students with their Student IDs.
Children under 12 will be admitted free. Tickets will be sold at the door on match days.
UWI T20 Fixtures
First Citizens Clarke Road vs Defence Force, 2.30 p.m.
Merry Boys vs SIS Central Sports, 6.30 p.m.
Moosai Sports vs T&T Prison Service Sports Club, 10.30 a.m.
Esmeralda Sports vs Club Crusoe (Tobago), 2.30 a.m.
Queen’s Park Cricket Club vs UTT, 6.30 p.m.
Munroe Road Cricket Club vs Fulham Sports, 10.:30 p.m.
Caldrac Club vs UWI Cricket Club, 2.30 p.m.
PowerGen Penal Sports vs Jenexcon Tableland Sports, 6.30 p.m.
January 18 & 19