KNYSNA CRICKET NEWS - Even though the start of the season is still months away, the Knysna Cavaliers Cricket Club is looking forward to what lies in wait for them this season.
Every year the SWD Cricket Association season kicks off with a Twenty20 (T20) knockout competition that aims to get the region's cricket clubs back into the thick of things before the commencement of the leagues.
The dates of the tournament haven't been confirmed yet though, as SWD still awaits these details from Cricket SA.
However, the structure for this year's tournament has already been announced, which will be contested by 35 clubs in the SWD region who are in turn divided into eight pools that vary from four to five teams in size (pools C, F, and G have five teams). The tournament will kick off with a single preliminary round robin stage, where the team who finish top of each pool progress to the quarterfinals.
In the event that two or more teams have an equal number of match points at the end of the round robin, the team with the better overall net run rate qualify for the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, home-ground advantage will be awarded to the club that have the superior ranking of the two teams with the winner naturally progressing to the semifinals. The semifinals will be played at the Oudtshoorn Recreation Ground, with the winner of each semifinal progressing to the final which will also be played at the Oudtshoorn Recreation Ground to determine the winner of the tournament.
For this year's T20 competition, Knysna Cavaliers have been placed in Pool D alongside Kranshoek Cobras, Pioneers, and finally their Knysna rivals, Pirates United.
According to Knysna Cavaliers' first team captain JP Ellis, the club have already begun their preparations for this year's season. "The team is very excited for the upcoming season, especially the upcoming T20 tournament," Ellis said. "We've already been practising hard and are more than ready to kick off the season."
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