Sharks Invited to January’s CT20

October 31, 2011 at 11:21 am Leave a comment

In January, the Sussex Sharks cricket team will jet off to the West Indies for the Caribbean Twenty20 (CT20) tournament. The event, held annually, is unusual, in that both domestic and international teams are invited to participate, with the victor receiving upwards of $25,000 (£15,500) in prize money, and a place in the Champions League.

The Netherlands, Canada, Sussex, and seven teams native to the West Indies, including Barbados, Jamaica, and this year’s winners, Trinidad and Tobago, will trade blows and cricket balls between January 9-22, next year, in the hope of being crowned the next CT20 champions. Those looking at the betting will be keeping a close eye on things.

Mark Robinson, manager at Sussex, said that the CT20 will allow the side to field players who, ordinarily, see little action in the County Championships, such as younger signings. “It will be good for them, and allow us to see how well they are developing.” Dave Brooks, also at Sussex, said that the team are “very much looking forward” to the start of the CT20.

The last instalment of the competition ended on January 24, this year, when Trinidad and Tobago racked up a 36 run victory over England’s Hampshire. The game was a rout for the county side, who struggled in the absence of injured batter, Johann Myburgh. “It’s a shame. We were beaten by a far better side”, Giles White, boss at Hampshire, said.

White continued to say that the experience of playing in front of a “hostile crowd”, and in “foreign conditions” was invaluable for his cricketers. However, given that Hampshire were relegated from the County Championship at the end of last season, it is debatable how well that knowledge was applied by the team. Pundits like Michael Vaughan will be keeping an eye on things.

Created to revitalise cricket in the ‘Windies’, the CT20 features a group stage with four self-contained leagues, followed by two semi-finals.


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