|W.I cricket stars to play in SFla|
|Thursday, 03 November 2011 13:29|
A number of West Indies Cricket stars, along with other players from the region and England will converge on South Florida when the South Florida Cricket Alliance (SFCA) and Cricket Council USA (CCUSA) host the 3rd edition of the U.S. Cricket Open Tournament scheduled for December 1- 4, 2011.
Much like the "open" format of major U.S. golf and tennis opens, the U.S. Cricket Open will be a fun-filled four-day extravaganza that will be the largest T20 cricket tournament to be played in North America. The semi-finals will be played at the ICC Certified Central Broward Regional Park Cricket Stadium, while Miramar Regional Park and Brian Piccolo Park will host preliminary and quarter-final games.
A record 32 teams, an increase from 16 in 2010, will battle for the championship trophy and a record $50,000 dollar first prize. According to tournament director Jeff Miller, this year's tournament has received the blessing of the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) granting permission for the participation of the 32 teams from the U.S., Caribbean and England. South Florida cricket fans will be delighted to witness the combination of international, national and local stars who will be in beautiful South Florida to leave their mark in American sports history. Over 1,500 players, coaches, support staff, media and officials will attend this year's tournament.
Some of the players who will be participating include Dwayne Smith – Barbados/West Indies; Sulieman Benn – Barbados/West Indies; Xavier Marshall – Jamaica/West Indies; Daren Powell – Jamaica/West Indies; Shawn Findlay – Jamaica/West Indies; William Perkins – T&T/West Indies and Daren Ganga – T&T/West Indies.
Defending champs United Chargers has been confirmed for the tournament and will match skills with some other high profile teams this year. Tournament first-timers, Connecticut Cricket League and Midwest Conference qualified for the tournament by winning the preliminary CCUSA tournament in New England and Chicago. Miller said more than 80 teams applied to participate in the tournament and that calls and applications are still pouring in.
Melton Taylor, president of SFCA says, "We anticipate that over 15,000 fans will attend this Cricket Extravaganza over the four-day period. There will be live webcasting of this one-of-a-kind, prestigious tournament."
|Last Updated on Friday, 04 November 2011 10:44|