ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The inaugural Cool & Smooth sponsored Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) hosted Twenty20 Cricket Tournament has been postponed.
Spokesperson for the lucrative tournament, Sowerby Gomes, said the postponement is to accommodate those teams wishing to attend the funeral service of former national footballer and coach, Winston “Pin” Hewlett.
Fans will, however, only have to wait an additional two days before the start of matches at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.
“Mr Pin Hewlett’s funeral is on the 12th of June and as a mark of respect and the input that the late Hewlett has given to sports in Antigua, we have put off the tournament so that quite a number of the sporting teams can attend the funeral along with quite a number of our young athletes will be attending that particular funeral,” Gomes said.
A total of 10 clubs will vie for the $20,000 champion’s prize up for grabs in the tournament.
One such club is Medpath New Winthorpes and according to one senior player, Sylvester “Bouncing” Joseph, his team has just as good a chance as any to take the top prize.
“We have a very out and out chance of going all the way as well. We have some very capable young batsmen and we have been practicing very well. We are doing well in the shorter version in the Thursday League competition. The guys are really interested and are putting in a lot of work, so it is just for us now to combine our efforts,” Joseph said.
“Playing many games for the season was difficult for us because of the weather, but the opportunities that we got we utilised it to the best of our ability and I think we are developing into a strong unit, trusting and believing in each other; so it is just up to us now, on the day, to go out and perform the way that we know we can,” he added.
A total of EC $50,000 will be up for grabs in the inaugural tournament.
The champions will receive $20,000, second place $10,000 and third place $5,000. There will be a total of 27 games in which man-of-the-match prizes of $500 per game will be up for grabs. The MVP of the entire tournament will receive $1,500.
Eight teams from the ABCA tournaments including PIC Liberta, Diamonds International Police, Bolans, All Saints, Jennings, Scotiabank Empire, Medpath New Winthorpes and Caribbean Union Bank Bethesda will compete for the top prize.
They will be joined by Mahico and Pigotts from the Parish League.