Vernon A. Springer is the Cricket Operations Manager of the Leeward Island Cricket Board Ltd. He has encouraged The Montserrat Reporter and promised to keep it flooded with information about the only sport in the Caribbean that creates a livelihood for professionals who so desire.
This came after he directed a successful Uner19 and Under17 championship tournament in Montserrat from the end of June into July just passed.
First started in 2013, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere.
Combining broadcast and digital viewership, over 197 million fans watched the 2017 season to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. Trinbago Knight Riders are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Stars and Jamaica Tallawahs. The 2018 tournament will run from 8 August to 16 September.
From Gros Islet, St Lucia. 27 July 2018, Peter Miller, Head of PR and Communications, writes:
The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) fixtures, venues and start times have been confirmed for the 2018 season which gets underway on the 8 August when defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders take on St Lucia Stars in Trinidad. The tournament will then visit Guyana, St Lucia, Jamaica, St Kitts, Barbados and the USA before returning to Trindiad for the final at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba on 16 September.
The tournament will feature 34 matches between the six franchises with each team playing five home matches. The Jamaica Tallawahs will play three of their home games in Lauderhill, Florida meaning the CPL is returning to the USA for the third successive year.
The Hero CPL have signed a three-year agreement with Trinidad & Tobago to host the finals in the country following the successful final at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in 2017.
This year’s tournament will once again see a mix of the best global and Caribbean cricketing talent with the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, David Warner, Steve Smith and Brendon McCullum amongst those taking part.
Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of Hero CPL, said: “We are really excited about the 2018 edition of the tourn ament. We have gone from strength to strength since we first started in 2013 and we know that the sixth Hero CPL is going to be the biggest and best yet. The Biggest Party in Sport is coming and we can’t wait for it all to get started.”
Tickets are available at cplt20.com and from local box offices and they are selling fast.
|Wednesday 8 Aug||Trinbago Knight Riders v St Lucia Stars, Queen’s Park Oval, 8pm|
|Thursday 9 Aug||Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Providence, 6pm|
|Friday 10 Aug||Trinbago Knight Riders v Jamaica Tallawahs, Queen’s Park Oval, 8pm|
|Saturday 11 Aug||Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Stars, Providence, 4pm|
|Saturday 11 Aug||Trinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Queens Park Oval, 8pm|
|Sunday 12 Aug||Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents, Providence, 6pm|
|Tuesday 14 Aug||Jamaica Tallawahs v St Lucia Stars, Sabina Park, 7pm (6pm local time)|
|Wednesday 15 Aug||Jamaica Tallawahs v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Sabina Park, 7pm (6pm local time)|
|Thursday 16 Aug||St Lucia Stars v Trinbago Knight Riders, Daren Sammy Stadium, 8pm|
|Friday 17 Aug||St Lucia Stars v Barbados Tridents, Daren Sammy Stadium, 9pm|
|Saturday 18 Aug||Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Central Broward Stadium, 8pm|
|Sunday 19 Aug||Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinbago Knight Riders, Central Broward Stadium, 6pm|
|Tuesday 21 Aug||St Lucia Stars v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Daren Sammy Stadium, 6pm|
|Wednesday 22 Aug||Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents, Central Broward Stadium, 6pm|
|Friday 24 Aug||St Lucia Stars v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Daren Sammy Stadium, 9pm|
|Saturday 25 Aug||Barbados Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Kensington Oval, 4pm|
|Saturday 25 Aug||St Lucia Stars v Jamaica Tallawahs, Daren Sammy Stadium, 8pm|
|Sunday 26 Aug||Barbados Tridents v Trinbago Knight Riders, Kensington Oval, 6pm|
|Tuesday 28 Aug||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Warner Park, 6pm|
|Wednesday 29 Aug||Barbados Tridents v Jamaica Tallawahs, Kensington Oval, 8pm|
|Thursday 30 Aug||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v St Lucia Stars, Warner Park, 6pm|
|Friday 31 Aug||Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Kensington Oval, 8pm|
|Saturday 1 Sept||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders, Warner Park, 6pm|
|Sunday 2 Sept||Barbados Tridents v St Lucia Stars, Kensington Oval, 2pm|
|Sunday 2 Sept||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs, Warner Park, 6pm|
|Tuesday 4 Sept||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Barbados Tridents, Warner Park, 6pm|
|Wednesday 5 Sept||Trinbago Knight Riders v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Queen’s Park Oval, 8pm|
|Friday 7 Sept||Trinbago Knight Riders v Barbados Tridents, Queen’s Park Oval, 8pm|
|Saturday 8 Sept||Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs, Providence, 8pm|
|Sunday 9 Sept||Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders, Providence, 6pm|
|Tuesday 11 Sept||Playoff 1 – 1st v 2nd, Providence, 6pm|
|Wednesday 12 Sept||Playoff 2 – 3rd v 4th, Providence, 6pm|
|Friday 14 Sept||Semi-final -Winner Playoff 2 v Loser Playoff 1, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad, 8pm|
|Sunday16 Sept||Final – Winner Playoff 1 v Winner Semi-final, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad, 5pm|