Sold out crowd for Saturday night T20 showdown
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC-A much-anticipated top-of-the-table clash between defending champions Trinidad and Tobago and arch-rivals Guyana will be played to a packed Queen’s Park Oval when the Caribbean T20 tournament climaxes its Port-of-Spain leg on Saturday night.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is reporting that tickets have been sold out for the contest between the two unbeaten teams being billed as a ‘mini final’.
More than 20,000 fans are expected to invade the oval to witness inaugural champions Guyana battle the home side, who are back-to-back title holders.
“It is simply amazing to see that tickets for a match on Saturday night have been all snapped up so far in advance of the match being played,” said Cindy McLean, the Caribbean T20 Event Manager
“This means that the fans have totally enjoyed the experience in the stands and what they have seen on the field of play all week”.
Following Thursday night’s round of matches, T&T led the table with nine points from three matches while Guyana was second with eight points from two matches.
The Guyanese are level with Barbados who are on eight points after three matches.
“Who plays the smartest cricket to assess the play and adjust to the different conditions on the given day, they will come out on top,” said Trinidad and Tobago Manager, Omar Khan, in anticipation of the clash.
“We know we have the quality of players who could really lift our games to the highest…”
Saturday night’s main fixture will also feature several members of the West Indies team which won the ICC World T20 championship in Sri Lanka last year
However that will be preceded by the day’s first encounter between traditional rivals Leeward Islands and Windward Islands.
“We anticipate a massive climax to the first phase here in Trinidad on Saturday night before the tournament moves to St Lucia for the second phase next week,” said McLean.
“You can feel the incredible excitement, enthusiasm and energy of the people as they demonstrate a passion for the game.”
The Caribbean T20 was scheduled to enter Day six at Queen’s Park Oval Friday with Jamaica playing Leeward Islands and Barbados facing Combined Campuses and Colleges.