Local cricketers return to action in the middle when round one of the Courts Interclub T20 Championships bowls off on Saturday. Teams will be competing for the top prize of $20,000 in a competition which Courts has sponsored to the tune of $150,000.
The winners of the tournament will also collect a challenge trophy and medals with the runners-up pocketing $12,000 and a trophy while the third place team will get $8,000 and medals.
There will also be valuable incentives for the outstanding players in batting, bowling, fielding and “Man-of-the-Match” in the final and third-place playoff.
Cricket operations officer of the T&T Cricket Board Dudnath Ramkessoon is looking forward to a competitive tournament.
“Cricket is in the air with the CPL and I fully expect that the excitement will be transferred to the community and their teams,” he said.
Ramkessoon said match referees and umpires will be present at all matches which are expected to run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on match days with an extra hour allotted to ensure there is a result.
He also said competition rules state that five overs will constitute a match, in case of rain and interruptions, the home teams would be provided with covers to ensure the integrity of pitches.
Ramkessoon also hoped the lights at the National Cricket Centre will be ready in time to host the semi-final and final matches.
Ramkessoon ended by saying that the tournament will give younger cricketers coming up through the ranks the opportunity to display their skills and talents and he congratulated Courts for their sponsorship.
Senior team manager Manohar Ramsaran congratulated the 16 finalists and emphasised the bonds that will be developed between the community, the teams and cricketers.
Ramsaran also hoped the tournament could help produce cricketers to represent the country and even the West Indies in the future.
Ramsaran said also that the TTCB has to be commended for not forgetting the third tier clubs and tied it in with the on-going TTCB-hosted Alvin Kallicharan coaching clinic.
Saturday’s Courts Inter Club T20 matches
Triumph SC vs Unique SC, Garden Village, Arouca
Defence Force vs Sports Elite, Airway Road,
Guaico Tamana SC vs Cane Farm, Cunaripo
Club Crusoe vs Sweet Revenge SC, Bon Accord, Tobago
Cosmos vs Cedar Hill, Kumar Village, Recreation Ground
St Mary SC vs MYO, St Mary’s Recreation Grounds
Spoilers vs Progressive, Jerningham Junction Road, Chaguanas
NMO Cricket Club vs Endeavour SC, National Mon Desir Recreation Ground.