CPL Director Tom Moody reflected on the games at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium, which included six preliminary matches and the semifinals, and said he was “loving” every minute. He cited the local population saying they are “good people” and referred to the stadium as “brilliant.”
“What’s made the cricket we’ve seen here pretty special, is not only the ground but the wicket itself. It’s a very, very good T20 wicket,” Moody stated. “They really have done a wonderful job. We’ve had great grounds and good facilities.”
During the second semifinal on Thursday (August 14) between the Jamaica Tallawahs and the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Prime Minister the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas told listeners of Grand Slam Sports that the CPL has been “good” for St. Kitts and Nevis.
“Seeing so many of our people out in jubilation enjoying entertaining cricket at the highest level is tremendously good for St. Kitts and Nevis and tremendously good for cricket generally in our country,” the Prime Minister stressed. “I feel very proud. I think that the Cabinet did the right thing in supporting the Minister of Sports Honourable Glenn Phillip in bidding on the CPL semifinals and finals.”
The economic spinoffs made the hosting of CPL very attractive to the twin-island state as the championship game reportedly generated US $25 million for the host country last year. Flights into St. Kitts and Nevis via regional carrier LIAT were booked throughout the August 06-16 CPL period while hotels and guesthouses have reported increases in bookings.
The championship game will be contested by the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Barbados Tridents on Saturday, August 16. The match begins at 4 p.m.