St John’s, Antigua – Cricket fans around the island of Antigua are gearing up for the start of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 Tournament.
Fans have been sapping up tickets from the West Indies Cricket Board’s ticket office while others have been fortunate enough to win prizes on radio and television call-in shows. On Thursday some of the winners on the Good Mornin’ Antigua Show on ABS television had the pleasure of receiving their tickets from some of the players who will be taking part in the tournament.
Ann Henry and Amir Lackna were in the studio and had the chance to meet and receive their tickets from local boy Wilden Cornwall, the Leeward Islands captain, and Darren Sammy, the Windward Islands and West Indies captain. Lackna said: “I’m a big cricket fans and I jumped at the chance to get tickets for the matches. I’m really looking forward to see the teams in action.”
The Caribbean T20 tournament bowls off on Monday at 4 pm (3 pm Jamaica Time). Matches will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds from Monday to Saturday. The second phase will be staged at Kensington Oval in Barbados from Tuesday, January 18 to Sunday, January 23.
Ten teams will play in this year’s tournament. Group A includes; Guyana, Jamaica, Combined Campuses & Colleges, Windward Islands and English county side Somerset. Group B will include: Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Leeward Islands, Canada, who qualified for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, and county T20 champions Hampshire.