ST JOHN’S, Antigua,CMC – English County Kent will play in next January’s Regional Super50, the West Indies Cricket Board has announced.
The seven-time County champions, known as the Spitfires, have been installed in Group A alongside Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, West Indies Under-19s and Windward Islands Volcanoes, in the January 24 to February 18 championship.
“It is a huge honour for Kent Cricket to be invited by West Indies Cricket Board to join their domestic 50-over competition in early 2017,” said Kent chief executive, Jamie Clifford.
“It will be the perfect opportunity to play competitive off-season cricket and good overseas experience for the players. We look forward to helping make the competition a big success and introducing the Spitfires to cricket supporters in the Caribbean.”
The Regional Super50 is the Caribbean’s premier one-day competition and is played mid-way during the Regional Four-Day Championship.
Group B of the tournament comprises last year’s losing finalists Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions and ICC Americas.
WICB operations manager, Roland Holder, said he expected the move to be a good one for the competition.
“Regional players will have an opportunity to test their skills against their contemporaries from another region,” he said. “We anticipate keen contests with our franchise teams. We are pleased to welcome them.”
Red Force are the reigning Super50 champions.