THE Tobago Cricket Association (TCA) will bowl off its 2019 domestic season on the weekend of January 26 and 27.
Competition will start with the introduction of the Community Shield featuring the reigning Twenty/20 and 40-Overs winners in a battle for top honors which should set the tone for the rest of the season.
This match, carded for the Canaan/Bon Accord Recreation Ground will be contested between C&B United (T20 champions) and Scarborough/Mason Hall (40-Overs title-holders).
The duration of the match will be 30 overs per team.
On the following day (Sunday 27th) all registered teams with the TCA will meet at Canaan/Bon Accord Recreation Ground for an official opening of the season followed by the annual Five (5) Overs Knockout Tournament.
The TCA is also pleased to announce the return of the Two-Day League contest. However, its reintroduction following a year’s break will take a franchise-like format. The island will be divided into four zones – East, West, North and Central.
Coaches have already been appointed to each zone. The next step is the selection of players. There will be two rounds of matches with teams playing on a home and away format.
President of the TCA, Kerwin John is optimistic of a very successful season.
“It’s the direction the cricketing world has taken,” John said, describing the Two- Day League as very important for the development of the young players in Tobago.
He acknowledged that the competition is back with a twist and added that the clubs and players are excited and the changes have the full backing of his association.
In addition, he said, each zone will have to field an Under-17 team which will play limited overs matches simultaneously with the seniors. The league will also serve as trials for the selection of the Tobago senior team.
Team lists inclusive of manager and coach will be released in the week leading up to the league’s opening round on February 2, John announced.
The TCA also expressed their gratitude to the Tobago House Assembly’s (THA) Division of Sport and Youth Affairs for its continued support in the preparation of the playing venues.