Masters T20 tourney bowls off tomorrow
THE second Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Masters T/20 Cricket Competition bowls off tomorrow at the Kensington Cricket Oval in Kingston with two matches.
Defending champion MICO Masters will take on Portmore in the opening match which will start at 10:00 am, while last year's runner-up Wray All-Stars will battle Domtar beginning at 2:00 pm.
According to chairman of the organising committee Michael Barnett, the competition now boasts 10 teams instead of eight with the addition of Moneague Strikers and St Catherine Masters.
The competition will start today Sunday June 2 and will end on August 25 with all matches being played at the Kensington Cricket Oval.
Based on last year's results, the top two teams were seeded and placed in opposing zones. The number one seeded team, MICO Masters, lead Zone A consisting of Melbourne, May Pen Lions, Portmore and new team Moneague Strikers.
Runner-up Wray All-Stars, seeded at number two, head Zone B and will have Domtar of St Thomas, Aerotel/Kool FM and newcomer St Catherine in the zone.
The competition will feature noted past national and past West Indies players as well, including Courtney Walsh, Robert Samuels, John Gordon, Deron Dixon, Delroy Morgan, Wayne Lewis, Terrence Corke, Nehemiah Perry and Robert Haynes.
Other players of note are HG Helps, Courtney Francis and umpire Milton Thomas.
Captain of the MICO Masters, Delroy Williams, said that his team was eagerly awaiting the start of the competition to show that their win was not a fluke.
The champions will walk away with $75,000, $50,000 to second place, $30,000 to third and $15,00 for fourth place. There will be prize monies as well for the MVP, most runs, most sixes, most wickets, most catches by a fielder and most catches/stumpings (wicketkeeper).
Cecil Smith, marketing manager at title sponsor Wray & Nephew, said that the brand was once again pleased to be sponsoring the competition which aims to bring good family fun on Sundays to all those wishing to attend.
He indicated further that last year in its first year of operation, the competition was organised and run at a high level, which encouraged his company to renew its sponsorship this year.