Massachusetts State Cricket League

Labor Day Weekend sMASSh T20 Carnival Tournament Set

NewsNorth East July 30, 2015 admin 0

Punjab Cricket Club were the winner of sMASSh T20 Carnival 2014 tournament.

Punjab Cricket Club were the winner of sMASSh T20 Carnival 2014 tournament.

Last year Massachusetts State Cricket League (MSCL) hosted the first-ever “sMASSh T20 Carnival” cricket tournament during the Labor Day Weekend (Aug 30 – Sept 1, 2014) with a cash prize of $6,000. Participating local club teams and franchises that participated included Commonwealth CC, Golden Eagles, Crowned Eagles, Lagaan CC, NECC, St Columba CC and Oxford Knights, as well as visiting teams Strikers and Punjab CC from New York, Kings XI from New Jersey and NECC from Philadelphia. Each paying an entrance fee of $500. each.

Over 200 players actively participated in the 2014 tournament, with thousands of spectators flocking the various venues in Boston and Wrentham. They were in for a treat as they witnessed some absolutely spectacular, high octane cricket over the long weekend. Some highlights that will be etched in the memories of both the players and spectators for a long time, are a couple of swashbuckling T20 centuries, a hat-trick, a breath-taking last ball and many other towering sixes and sMASShing fours.

The top two teams of the competition – Conway CC, a long time MSCL member club, and Punjab CC, comprised of incredibly talented cricketers from New York, rightfully played the grand finale which made for fascinating viewing with more than 800 spectators gathered around Franklin Field in Boston, to witness the spectacle, and what a spectacle it was. Punjab CC played some excellent cricket throughout the tournament and in the finals, and was deservedly crowned champions. They were rewarded with a $5,000 check, while Conway CC won $1,000. as the runner-up, along with trophies presented to both teams.

Conway Cricket Club were the runners-up of the 2014 tournament.

Conway Cricket Club were the runners-up of the 2014 tournament.

MSCL is very excited to announce the second edition of “sMASSh T20 Carnival 2015” during the upcoming Labor Day Weekend, September 5, 6 and 7 (Sat-Mon), 2015. Last week a Facebook campaign was initiated and already there are confirmations from seven teams. This year it is anticipated that 16+ teams will participate in the tournament.

This year’s cash prizes will total $10,000. (amount may increase/decrease based on total teams registered and amount of sponsorship raised within the next few weeks). This year’s entry fee is $600. per team and covers tournament registration fee, Umpires’ fees, and balls. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the fields.

The last day to register for this year’s tournament is Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Please note that there are NO restrictions on players’ (local or outside) participation, and no previous team rankings will be taken under consideration. Local teams can collaborate and form a team if a few of their players are unavailable during the long weekend. All teams will be allocated to four pools based on fresh draws. sMASSh T20 Carnival 2015 is expecting each team will play a minimum of three matches before the playoffs. If any team has plans to bring international players, please notify the sMASSh T20 Carnival 2015 officials, so that they may highlight the players in the ongoing advertising and promotional campaigns.

sMASSh T20 Carnival 2014 had two sponsors last year, and this year they are hopeful that more sponsors will be a part of the event. There are various sponsorship packages available including advertising (banners) on the tournament’s website. If you wish to advertise your club, events, or business, or know any potential sponsors please reach out to the event committee for additional sponsorship information.

Finally sMASSh T20 Carnival 2015 need lots of volunteers and support personnel. If anyone would like to be a part of the committee to help during the Labor Day Weekend, please reach out to the sMASSh T20 Carnival 2015 committee. The organizing committee is asking all cricket fans to spread the word about the event among team members, businesses and social communities.

Summary / Highlights –  
Cash Prize – $10,000.
Entry Fee – $600.
Covered in fees – Tournament registration, Umpires’ fees, and balls
Last date of registration – August 15, 2015 (teams need to be financially cleared before the draws/schedules)
Last date for submission of team logo – August 15, 2015 (logo will be used in promotional tournament campaigns)
Total number of teams – 16 or 20
Total Pools – 4
Format – Teams will based in 4 pools. The winner of each pool will advance to playoffs
No. of games each team will play – minimum 3 (based on total teams registered)
Team Pools/Draws – Week of August 17 (live webcast)
Schedule release date – August 23, 2015
Tournament dates – September 5, 6, 7 (Sat, Sun, Mon)
Team Jerseys – Teams will be responsible for their own color jerseys (No white jerseys)
Live scoring / tweets provided for all games
Commentary and live telecast of Semis and Finals on MSCL Channel/Website

Event organizers – MSCL Executive Committee
Sponsorship – Manas, Ravi, Jaideep, Barry, Darshan
Finance / Budgets – Lall, Nitin
Promotions / Campaigns – Jaideep, Manas
Schedules & Tournament Rules – Buffong, Ravi
Umpiring Committee – Buffong, Judge, Tony
Team Registrations – Jaideep, Barry, Ravi

For more information please contact Jaideep Reddy at 508-918-2771 or email: Jaideep.reddy@emc.com