Who Will Be The CPL T20 2018 Champ?

omario Shepherd (L) and Shimron Hetmyer (R) of Guyana Amazon Warriors wave to fans after booking their spot in the CPL T20 finals on Sept. 11, 2018. (Photo by Randy Brooks - CPL T20/Getty Images)
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By NAN Sports Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 14, 2018: Who will raise the coveted trophy as Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T-20 champ this year?

Will it be the Guyana Amazon Warriors, the Trinbago Knight Riders or the St. Kitts Patriots?

The 2017 champion, Trinbago Knight Riders, is currently leading the CPL points table with 14 points, despite being beaten on September 11th by the Warriors at Providence, Guyana.

The win put the Warriors into the finals on the CPL tourney this year with 12 points of the table and they now await the winner of the semi-finals clash tonight, Sept. 14th.

That’s showdown will see the Knight Riders working hard to win over the Patriots and secure a place in the finals for a chance to retain the cup and bragging rights.

Both matches will be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad. The semis tonight start at 8 p.m. while the finals will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Riders are the surprise squad in the semis after ousting the Jamaica Tallawahs from the tourney on Sept. 12th by two wickets with one ball remaining as the Patriots clinched a semi-final spot.

Meanwhile, officials have announced they will be introducing the Decision Referral System, (DRS), for the last two matches of the tournament, with each team allowed one unsuccessful review per inning and able to review all methods of dismissal.

And an award for the groundsman that has overseen the greatest improvement in the pitches at tournament venues since the league’s inception in 2013 has been introduced this year. The award will see the winning head groundsman being flown to New Zealand to work with world renowned pitch expert Mark Perham. The award winner will visit New Zealand for three weeks spending time in both Christchurch and Auckland to see how pitches in other countries are prepared.

This year is the second year TT will be hosting the CPL tourney finals.

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