Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 15, 2014 (SKNIS): West Indies cricket news. St. Kitts and Nevis’ participation in the 2014 Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament has been widely considered a success with one more game left to be played.

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.”

Prime Minister Douglas being interviewed on Grand Slam Sports. Photo courtesy SKNIS

Prime Minister Douglas being interviewed on Grand Slam Sports. Photo courtesy SKNIS

“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.

 

Players and officials of the Guyana Amazon Warriors applaud their teammates. Photo courtesy SKNIS

Players and officials of the Guyana Amazon Warriors applaud their teammates. Photo courtesy SKNIS

“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.

Cricket fans watching the second semifinal matchup. Photo courtesy SKNIS

Cricket fans watching the second semifinal matchup. Photo courtesy SKNIS

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.