Kent to play in West Indies Super50 as part of FGS Plant Tour

Wednesday 16th November 2016

Men’s First XI

Kent to play in West Indies Super50 as part of FGS Plant Tour

Kent Cricket has accepted an invitation to play in the 2017 Regional Super50, the West Indies domestic one-day competition.

The seven-times county champions are set to compete in a recognised overseas tournament for the first time.

Kent Spitfires will face Under 19 world champions West Indies and senior sides from Trinidad and Tobago, Windward Islands and Leeward Islands in the group stages of the tournament which takes place in Antigua from January 24 to February 18.

Kent Cricket CEO Jamie Clifford said: "It is a huge honour for Kent Cricket to be invited by West Indies Cricket Board to join their domestic 50-over competition in early 2017.

“It will be the perfect opportunity to play competitive off-season cricket and good overseas experience for the players. We look forward to helping make the competition a big success and introducing the Spitfires to cricket supporters in the Caribbean."

West Indies Cricket Board Operations Manager Roland Holder said: “Regional players will have an opportunity to test their skills against their contemporaries from another region. We anticipate keen contests with our Franchise Teams. We are pleased to welcome them.”

The fourth edition of the tournament will precede England’s three-match ODI series in the West Indies scheduled for March.

Kent-based plant hire company FGS Plant will be the tour sponsor and their logo will appear on special limited-edition Samurai Sportswear kits designed for the tournament.

Managing director Stuart Willy said: “As a long-standing supporter of the club, we’re delighted to be involved in such a historic tour.

“We hope the trip will put the county on the map and help prepare the squad for a memorable 2017 season.”

Super-50 groups:

Group A: Kent Spitfires, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, West Indies U19s, Windward Islands Volcanoes.

Group B: Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, CCC Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions, ICC Americas.

MATCH SCHEDULE (confirmed times GMT)

Wednesday, January 25: Hurricanes v Kent Spitfires – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua (5.30pm)
Sunday, January 29: Red Force v Kent Spitfires – Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua (1pm)
Tuesday, January 31: Volcanoes v Kent Spitfires – CCG (5.30pm)
Thursday, February 2: West Indies Under-19s v Kent Spitfires – SVRCG (1pm)
Saturday, February 4: Hurricanes v Kent Spitfires – CCG (5.30pm)
Wednesday, February 8: Red Force v Kent Spitfires – SVRCG (1pm)
Friday, February 10: Volcanoes v Kent Spitfires – CCG (5.30pm)
Sunday, February 12: Kent Spitfires v West Indies Under-19s – SVRCG (1pm)
SEMI-FINALS
Wednesday, February 15: Zone A winners vs Zone B runners-up – CCG (5.30pm)
Thursday, February 16: Zone B winners vs Zone A runners-up – CCG (5.30pm)
GRAND FINAL
Saturday, February 18 – CCG (5.30pm)

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