Can Mustangs retain their title?
The Spring 2017 T20 league, which starts on Sunday 5 March, promises to be keenly contested, with some exciting new teams challenging the more established clubs.
Ten teams will take part, split into two groups of five on a geographical basis. The winner of each group will play the runner-up of the other group in the semi-finals, with the two winners progressing to the final on 14 May. Meanwhile the teams finishing 3rd, 4th and 5th in each group will play their opposite number to decide the minor positions. This format will give each team five games (six for the finalists).
The eastern group will feature last year’s winners, Mustangs, as well as the current 40-over champions, Sri Lankans, together with Nicosia Tigers, PWRR Dhekelia, and new team Nicosia Thunder, formed partly from previous Kazepis and Fellows players.
In the western group Limassol Gladiators look strong, comprising several ex-Kazepis players with some handy additions. Limassol Sri Lanka Lions are a new team who will be keen to impress. The other teams are the improving RAF Akrotiri, the inconsistent Moufflons, and Epi Lions who seem to have lost some of their better players.
Due to the lack of regular umpires, all teams are required to provide umpires to games as set out in the fixture list.
CCA Committee has decided that, for players’ safety, helmets must be worn by batsmen, keepers standing up, and close fielders (except slip / gully).
We are also concerned about slow play, and there are increased penalties for teams who do not bowl their overs in time. Details have been circulated to clubs and the playing conditions can be seen via the "20 Overs" link.
Fixtures, results and match details also appear on the "20 Overs" page.
A brand new format of competition for Cyprus starts in September. The new format, although limited over, offers the traditional win/lose/draw results of 3 or 4 day games - testing the tactical skills of captains!
Briefly, the team batting first bats for up to 45 overs - they can declare early. They win a game by bowling out the opposition for less than their total. The team batting second can win by scoring more than the team batting first. If neither team wins then the result is a draw. For full details, have a look at the 80-Over League page which also has the playing conditions.
As well as the new 80-over competition, there are also some touring teams visiting Cyprus this autumn. Check out the fixtures here.
The new season is nearly upon us and 2016 looks like being an exciting year for cricket in Cyprus with the new ground at Tochni and women's cricket going from strength to strength. coaching for women and youths starts on March 12; there's more details and application forms on the women's and youth's pages.
Cyprus Cricket Association (CCA) is delighted to announce the signing of long term lease agreement with the Church of Saint Constantine and Helen (Αγίων Κωνσταντίνου και Ελένης) for cricket
facility development at Tochni, Cyprus.
Cyprus Cricket believes that it is an ideal arrangement to further establish the game on the island and the facility can be used as national training base and also to play games on regular basis.
CCA is confident that by investing in this facility it will retain and attract new participants and it is important that the facility is available to schools. Having the facility accessible to the youth will be key to sustaining participation in grass roots cricket over the coming years.
To date CCA was over-reliant on Defense Infrastructure Organization (DIO) land. However, this deal can change that and will also re-affirm CCA’s commitment about developing the game in the Republic of Cyprus.
The work is expected to start on the playing area in December 2015 for the facility to be utilized for domestic league games at the start of 2016 season.
Any support in funding the development of facility will be highly appreciated by CCA.
This is also an exciting opportunity for any business to promote their product(s) with Cyprus Cricket Association. CCA would welcome the opportunity to discuss with potential sponsors the provision of various means to establish a relationship that is mutually beneficial to both parties.
Report of touring Swiss team SGCC Allstars here.