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CPLT20 starts today
The much anticipated Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament bowls off today with the opening match featuring Antigua Hawksbills and last year’s runners-up Guyana Amazon Warriors.
Billed the ‘greatest show in sport’, fans in Grenada are very excited about the tournament and a full house is expected for the opening clash which gets underway at 2 pm at the Grenada National Cricket Stadium.
Yesterday, the players from the Amazon Warriors and the Hawksbills had their final knock up in inclement weather. They will be hoping for better weather when the cricket bowls off later today.
Head coach of the Amazon Warriors, Roger Harper is confident.
“I am truly delighted to be back again. Last season I would say was a success for us, we topped the group stages and then finished second, so now we see the areas we need to work on in order to improve,” said Harper.
Harper (who coached the West Indies during the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa), also said he is more than happy with his 15-man squad for the 2014 tournament.
He said: “We have seven Guyanese players in our team, in addition to a few new players like New Zealander, Corey Anderson, who is making his name on the international cricket stage, and Navin Stewart from Trinidad and Tobago who is a solid all-rounder.”
While he is disappointed not to have one of the Warriors' most influential players from last season, James Franklin, he feels his team is one to be reckoned with.
“James Franklin delivered the x-factor last season and I am very disappointed not to have him back. I do however believe that we have a squad capable of giving any team a hard time,” said Harper.
Red Steel pumped and ready
T&T’s Red Steel is keen and ready to go into action against the Barbados Tridents tomorrow. The local boys will open their campaign at the Grenada National Cricket Stadium at 10.30 am and everything, according to manager Colin Borde, is in place.
“It rained all day today, so the boys were basically inactive. However, tomorrow we have a session at the match venue carded for 8.30 am. We are hoping that the weather holds because we need to get in some time out there, to fine tune before we take the field on Saturday,” Borde said.
“We are as confident as can be, we have prepared well and the foreign guys have settled in nicely. The team spirit, which is so important is great as you would expect with Dwayne Bravo around.
“At the end of the day this tournament is going to be very competitive because the talent is nicely shared around. In the end the team that wants it the most will be the one to take the crown.”
CPL FIXTURES 2014
Friday 11 July - Guyana Amazon Warriors v Antigua Hawksbills National Cricket Stadium, Grenada, 2pm.
Saturday 12 July - The Red Steel v Barbados Tridents National Cricket Stadium, Grenada, 10.30am.
Saturday 12 July - St Lucia Zouks v Jamaica Tallawahs National Cricket Stadium, Grenada, 2.30pm.
Thursday 17 July - Antigua Hawksbills v Jamaica Tallawahs Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua, 3.30pm.
Thursday 17 July - Guyana Amazon Warriors v The Red Steel Providence Stadium, Guyana, 7.30pm.
Saturday 19 July - Antigua Hawksbills v Barbados Tridents Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua, 12noon.
Saturday 19 July - Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Zouks Providence Stadium, Guyana, 4.00pm.
Sunday 20 July - Antigua Hawksbills v The Red Steel Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua, 12noon.
Sunday 20 July - Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs Providence Stadium, Guyana, 4.00pm.
Wednesday 23 July - Barbados Tridents v St Lucia Zouks Kensington Oval, Barbados 4.00pm.
Thursday 24 July - The Red Steel v Guyana Amazon Warriors Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad 8.00pm.
Friday 25 July - Barbados Tridents v Antigua Hawksbills Kensington Oval, Barbados, 4.00pm.
Saturday 26 July - The Red Steel v Jamaica Tallawahs Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad, 12noon.
Saturday 26 July - Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors Kensington Oval, Barbados, 4.00pm.
Sunday 27 July - The Red Steel v St Lucia Zouks Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad, 4.00pm.
Thursday 31 July - Jamaica Tallawahs v Antigua Hawksbills Sabina Park, Jamaica, 2.00pm.
Thursday 31 July - St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia, 8.00pm.
Saturday 2 August - Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors Sabina Park, Jamaica, 11.00am.
Saturday 2 August - St Lucia Zouks v The Red Steel Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia, 4.00pm.
Sunday 3 August - Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents Sabina Park, Jamaica, 11.00am.
Sunday 3 August - St Lucia Zouks v Antigua Hawksbills Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia, 4pm.
Thursday 7 August - Guyana Amazon Warriors v Antigua Hawksbills Warner Park, St Kitts, 4.00pm.
Thursday 7 August - The Red Steel v Barbados Tridents Warner Park, St Kitts, 8.00pm.
Saturday 9 August - Jamaica Tallawahs v St. Lucia Zouks Warner Park, St Kitts, 12noon.
Saturday 9 August - Antigua Hawksbills v The Red Steel Warner Park, St Kitts, 4.00pm.
Sunday 10 August - Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Zouks Warner Park, St Kitts, 12noon.
Sunday 10 August - Barbados Tridents v Jamaica Tallawahs Warner Park, St Kitts, 4.00pm.
Tuesday 12 August - Beefy Bash Charity Match Warner Park, St Kitts - 4.00pm.
Wednesday 13 August - Semi Final 1 - 3rd vs 4th Warner Park, St Kitts, 4.00pm.
Thursday 14 August - Semi Final 2 - 2nd vs Winner SF1 Warner Park, St Kitts, 4.00pm.
Saturday 16 August - Final - Group stage winner vs Winner SF2 Warner Park, St Kitts, 4.00pm.
Sunday 17 August - Reserve Day - Warner Park, St Kitts
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