Cricket in Jamaica: 2014 Caribbean Premiere League

11 Jul

cricket in JamaicaThe Limacol Caribbean Premiere League (CPL T20) kicks off today at the National Cricket Stadium in St. George’s Grenada!

Cricket in Jamaica

Two years ago had you asked me about cricket in Jamaica, my response would have been ” Umm, it’s that game with the funny bats, kinda like baseball, but not really. Right?”

Luckily living in Jamaica, I’ve grown to appreciate and somewhat love this sport. Last summer, I attended my very first live cricket match on the mound at Sabina Park (Kingston, Jamaica) and met West Indies super fan, Peter Matthews and others eager to convert me.

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Peter Matthews and I at a cricket match at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica

Throughout 2014, I found myself following Indian Premier League matches and dying to get back to South Africa to see the Proteas play live (fingers crossed for 2015). I’ve picked up on the rules and have been eagerly awaiting more cricket in Jamaica (and other islands) this summer with CPLT20.

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Which team will you cheer on? Of course I’m cheering for the Jamaica Tallawahs!

What is cricket?

For those not familiar with the sport, cricket is a ball and bat game first played in England in the 16th century and became the country’s national sport by the end of the 18th century. Spread of the British empire led to the sport being played all over the world and it’s now most popular in England, India, Australia, South Africa and the West Indies. To learn more about how the game is played, check out this explanation of cricket from the Purdue University team.

Cricket may not be your thing (yet), but if you are a fan of Jamaican culture, sports (beyond track and field) are a big part of it. The film Fire in Bablyon might also/alternatively be of interest. It’s a 2010 British documentary about the record-breaking West Indies cricket team of the 1970s and 1980s. I’ve only seen snippets of the film, but it looks like a great watch. Check out the trailer below.

Are you a cricket fan? Excited for this year’s Caribbean Premiere League?

Below are the 2014 Caribbean Premiere League fixtures in case you’re planning a vacation is one of the destinations during a match, or just curious about the sport and want to watch at home or your local sports bar.

DATE LOCAL TIME UK TIME FIXTURE VENUE
Week 1
Fri 11th Jul 2:00pm 7:00pm Guyana Amazon Warriors v Antigua Hawksbills National Cricket Stadium, Grenada
Sat 12th Jul 10:30am 3:30pm The Red Steel v Barbados Tridents National Cricket Stadium, Grenada
Sat 12th Jul 2:30pm 7:30pm St. Lucia Zouks v Jamaica Tallawahs National Cricket Stadium, Grenada
Week 2
Thurs 17th Jul 3:30pm 7:30pm Antigua Hawksbills v Jamaica Tallawahs Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
Thurs 17th Jul 7:30pm 12:30am Guyana Amazon Warriors v The Red Steel Providence Stadium, Guyana
Sat 19th Jul 12 noon 5:00pm Antigua Hawksbills v Barbados Tridents Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
Sat 19th Jul 4:00pm 9:00pm Guyana Amazon Warriors v St. Lucia Zouks Providence Stadium, Guyana
Sun 20th Jul 12 noon 5:00pm Antigua Hawksbills v The Red Steel Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
Sun 20th Jul 4:00pm 9:00pm Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs Providence Stadium, Guyana
Week 3
Wed 23 Jul 4:00pm 9:00pm Barbados Tridents v St. Lucia Zouks Kensington Oval, Barbados
Thurs 24 Jul 8:00pm 1:00am The Red Steel v Guyana Amazon Warriors Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
Fri 25 Jul 4:00pm 9:00pm Barbados Tridents v Antigua Hawksbills Kensington Oval, Barbados
Sat 26 Jul 12 noon 5:00pm The Red Steel v Jamaica Tallawahs Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
Sat 26 Jul 4:00pm 9:00pm Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors Kensington Oval, Barbados
Sun 27 Jul 4:00pm 9:00pm The Red Steel v St. Lucia Zouks Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
Week 4
Thurs 31st Jul 2:00pm 8:00pm Jamaica Tallawahs v Antigua Hawksbills Sabina Park, Jamaica
Thurs 31st Jul 8:00pm 1:00am St. Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia
Sat 2nd Aug 11:00am 5:00pm Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors Sabina Park, Jamaica
Sat 2nd Aug 4:00pm 9:00pm St. Lucia Zouks v The Red Steel Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia
Sun 3rd Aug 11:00am 5:00pm Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents Sabina Park, Jamaica
Sun 3rd Aug 4:00pm 9:00pm St. Lucia Zouks v Antigua Hawksbills Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia
Week 5
Thurs 7th Aug 4:00pm 9:00pm Guyana Amazon Warriors v Antigua Hawksbills Warner Park, St Kitts
Thurs 7th Aug 8:00pm 1:00am The Red Steel v Barbados Tridents Warner Park, St Kitts
Sat 9th Aug 12 noon 5:00pm Jamaica Tallawahs v St. Lucia Zouks Warner Park, St Kitts
Sat 9th Aug 4:00pm 9:00pm Antigua Hawksbills v The Red Steel Warner Park, St Kitts
Sun 10th Aug 12 noon 5:00pm Guyana Amazon Warriors v St. Lucia Zouks Warner Park, St Kitts
Sun 10th Aug 4:00pm 9:00pm Barbados Tridents v Jamaica Tallawahs Warner Park, St Kitts
Finals
Wed 13th Aug 4:00pm 9:00pm Semi Final 1 – 3rd vs 4th Warner Park, St Kitts
Thurs 14th Aug 4:00pm 9:00pm Semi Final 2 – 2nd vs Winner SF1 Warner Park, St Kitts
Sat16 Aug 4:00pm 9:00pm Final – Group stage winner vs Winner SF2 Warner Park, St Kitts
Sun 17 Aug Reserve Day Warner Park, St Kitts

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